Philip, who died aged 99 on Friday, turned Bafta’s first president in 1959, one yr after the British Movie Academy and the Guild of Tv Producers and Administrators merged to create the Society of Movie and Tv Arts (SFTA), a forerunner of Bafta.
Opening the night from an empty Royal Albert Corridor in London, Amfo stated: “Earlier than we begin tonight we need to say that on behalf of Bafta we’re extraordinarily saddened by the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on Friday.
“The duke was Bafta’s very first president over 60 years in the past and was the primary of a line of royal patronage all through to Bafta’s present president, his grandson, the Duke of Cambridge.
“It was Prince Philip and Her Majesty the Queen’s help all through these years that in some ways allowed Bafta, a number one charity within the arts, to proceed in troublesome occasions and to be right here immediately in 2021 celebrating one other excellent yr of feat in movie.”
Winners on Saturday included Farah Nabulsi who gained the British Brief Movie award for The Current.
Lucy Pardee acquired the Casting award for Rocks.
Jan Pascale and Donald Graham Burt gained the Manufacturing Design BAFTA award for Mank.
Mia Neal acquired the Make Up and Hair award for Ma Rainey’s Black Backside together with Matiki Anoff, Larry M. Cherry and Sergio Lopez-Rivera. Ann Roth gained finest costume design for the film.
Riz Ahmed film Sound of Steel gained the award for finest sound.
Actor, author and director Noel Clarke was recognised with the Excellent British Contribution to Cinema Award.
The night noticed a efficiency from supporting actor nominee Leslie Odom Jr, who will sing Communicate Now from his movie One Evening In Miami.
On Sunday, he was to ship a speech by way of video, celebrating the resilience of the movie business over the previous yr.
The principle ceremony on Sunday will probably be hosted by Dermot O’Leary and Edith Bowman, when the remaining 17 awards will probably be introduced and director Ang Lee will probably be honoured with the Bafta Fellowship.
Presenters, together with Hugh Grant, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Tom Hiddleston, will seem in particular person on the Royal Albert Corridor, whereas nominees will seem just about.
Street film Nomadland and coming-of-age drama Rocks lead the various nominations, the place 4 feminine film-makers are within the working for one of the best director prize.
In addition to serving as president, Philip was additionally current on the official opening of Bafta’s headquarters in London, after he and the Queen gave their share of the income from the 1969 documentary Royal Household to the SFTA.