BAFTA Television Awards 2021: Small Axe, The Crown and I May Destroy You lead the nominations

The nominations for the 2021 British Academy Television Awards have been revealed, with The Crown and I May Destroy leading the pack.

The Netflix period drama landed a nod for Drama Series alongside a nod for star Josh O’Connor in Leading Actor for his role as Prince Charles amongst their 10 nominations across the main and Craft categories.

Also among this year’s contenders was the BBC miniseries Small Axe which earned a staggering 15 nominations across the main and Craft categories, while Normal People followed close behind with seven nods.

Exciting: The nominations for the 2021 British Academy Television Awards have been revealed, with The Crown and I May Destroy leading the pack

Small Axe, which was directed by Steve McQueen and  landed a record 15 nominations including two nods in Leading Actor for stars John Boyega and Shaun Parkes, and one for Letitia Wright in Leading Actress. 

As well as a nod in the Mini-Series category, both Michael Ward and Malachi Kirby earned nominations for Supporting Actor.

 

In total The Crown landed four nominations in the TV categories; Drama Series, Leading Actor, Supporting Actor for Tobias Menzies and Supporting Actress for Helen Bonham Carter.

The series also earned a further six nods in the Craft categories, Costume Design, Director: Fiction, Editing Fiction, Make-up & Hair Design, Photography & Lighting: Fiction, Production Design, Scripted Casting, Sound: Fiction and Writer: Drama.  

It comes after the nominees for the 2021 Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards’ Must-See Moment prize were revealed on Tuesday. 

Diversity’s controversial BLM-inspired dance, which sparked 24,500 complaints to Ofcom last year, was on the shortlist for the award, which is voted for by the public. 

Bridgerton‘s Lady Whistledown shock twist that revealed Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) as the mysterious gossip also led the list of nominees.

Shortlist: It comes after the nominees for the 2021 Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards' Must-See Moment prize were revealed on Tuesday

Shortlist: It comes after the nominees for the 2021 Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards’ Must-See Moment prize were revealed on Tuesday

Other notable moments singled out for the gong include when Luke Skywalker appeared in the climax of The Mandalorian’s second season, helping its titular character and others while they stormed an Empire ship.

The shocking moment Chantelle (Jessica Plummer) was killed by her abusive husband Gray Atkins (Toby-Alexander Smith) on EastEnders also got a mention. 

While Nigella Lawson’s amusing pronunciation of microwave as ‘meecro-wah-vey’ on her BBC2 cooking show Cook, Eat, Repeat was also nominated.

And the reactions of the Gogglebox cast to the press conference Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave after being hospitalised with coronavirus was also given a nod. 

Drama: Bridgerton's Lady Whistledown shock twist, which revealed Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan, pictured) as the mysterious gossip, was also on the shortlist

Drama: Bridgerton’s Lady Whistledown shock twist, which revealed Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan, pictured) as the mysterious gossip, was also on the shortlist

Shortlist: Diversity's dance saw group leader Ashley have a white man's knee leaning on his neck, in reference to the death of George Floyd, and sparked 24,500 complaints to Ofcom

Shortlist: Diversity’s dance saw group leader Ashley have a white man’s knee leaning on his neck, in reference to the death of George Floyd, and sparked 24,500 complaints to Ofcom

2021 Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards Must-See Moment nominees

Britain’s Got Talent – Diversity perform a routine inspired by the events of 2020 (ITV1) 

Bridgerton – Penelope is revealed as Lady Whistledown (Netflix)  

EastEnders – Gray Atkins kills wife Chantelle (BBC One)

Gogglebox – Reactions to Boris Johnson’s press conference (Channel 4)

Nigella: Cook, Eat, Repeat – Mee-cro-wah-vay (BBC Two)

The Mandalorian – Luke Skywalker appears (Disney+)

 

The nominees were chosen from a longlist based on audience viewing figures provided by BARB, social listening data from TalkWalker, and vigorous research to represent TV viewing across the country. 

The final shortlist were then selected by an independent virtual jury of national media experts including TV critic Caitlin Moran, it was chaired by BAFTA Television Committee Chair Hannah Wyatt. 

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