Published: 6th April 2021

All the Best Film nominations at the BAFTAS

Ahead of the 2021 BAFTAs we've rounded up all the movies nominated for Best Film.

Check out the age ratings for each film along with detailed information about what they each contain, so you can decide whether it’s right for you and your family. 


suicide references, infrequent moderate bad language

Nomadland is a US drama in which a woman starts a new life on the road in the American Midwest after the economic collapse of her town.

There is infrequent moderate bad language (‘bitch’); milder terms include ‘shit’.

There are occasional verbal references to suicide, without graphic detail.

There are occasional mild scenes of emotional upset. There is also a brief image of non-sexualised full-frontal nudity.

The Father

upsetting scenes, domestic abuse, infrequent strong language

The Father is a British drama in which a man who is suffering from dementia resists his daughter’s attempts to help him.

There is infrequent use of strong language (’f**k’); milder terms include ‘bitch’, ‘tits’ and ‘shit’. There is infrequent use of the term ‘retarded’.

There are upsetting and often disorienting scenes in which a man experiences symptoms of dementia, causing him confusion, frustration and distress.

There are brief scenes of domestic abuse, which are implied to be taking place in characters’ imaginations. In one scene, a man is shown repeatedly slapping his vulnerable father-in-law, making him cry. In another, we see a woman holding down her father in order to suffocate him, but the visual detail is not strong.

There is a brief, dimly lit image of an injured woman with bloody marks on her face.

The Mauritanian

sexual violence, strong threat, violence, language

The Mauritanian is a drama, based on a true story, in which a lawyer investigates the case of a suspected 9/11 terrorist who is imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay.

There is strong language ('motherf**ker', 'f**k'), as well as milder terms (for example, 'shit', 'bullshit', 'son of a bitch', 'piss')

In one scene, a shackled male prisoner seated in a chair is subjected to sexual violence by a masked female soldier who straddles him and forces him to engage in sexual activity. There are also verbal references to sexual violence, including a scene in which a male prisoner is told his mother has been arrested and will be brought to the facility where men will rape her.

Scenes of sustained threat include those in which a prisoner is subjected to sensory deprivation whilst being forced to stand in a painful position. Loud and discordant music is played to further disorientate the man. There are also scenes in which the man is hooded and threatened.
This work contains flashing images which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

Scenes of violence include one in which a prisoner is force-fed, and a prolonged scene in which his head is held underwater. The prisoner also bears the marks of violence in scenes in which he has a cut and bruised face.

There are also scenes featuring injury detail, emotional upset and discriminatory references which are not condoned by the work as a whole.

Promising Young Woman

sexual violence, violence, drug misuse, language, sex references

Promising Young Woman is a US thriller in which a woman seeks revenge on those she deems responsible for participating or colluding in a heinous sex crime.

There is very strong language ('c**t') and strong language ('f**k'), accompanied by milder terms, including 'pussy', 'bitch', 'dick', 'shit', 'asshole', 'God', 'hell', 'Jesus' and 'Christ'.

A man snorts cocaine before forcibly coercing a woman to consume the drug.

There are strong, sometimes crude, references to sex, including a man suggesting to another that he try ejaculating on a woman's face and buttocks at the same time.

There are frequent references to sexual violence. There are sequences of sexual assault as men attempt to have sex with a woman who they believe to be inebriated. There are also verbal references to a recording of a woman who was raped by a man at a party, as others watched. It is implied in some sequences that the video is played on a mobile device, but only undetailed audio can be heard.

There is a sustained scene of strong violence in which a man smothers a woman to death with a pillow.

This work contains flashing images which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

The Trial Of The Chicago 7

sexual violence, injury detail, language, discrimination, violence

The Trial Of The Chicago 7 is a US drama, based on real events, in which seven people are put on trial following the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

There are scenes of racism, including one in which a black defendant is beaten and returned to the courtroom shackled and gagged. There are brief scenes of sexist behaviour, culminating in a scene of sexual assault. There is also infrequent use of discriminatory terms including ‘fairy’, ‘faggot’ and ‘fag’.

There is infrequent use of very strong language (‘c**t’) as well as more frequent use of strong language (‘f**k’, ‘motherf**ker’). Milder terms include ‘prick’, 'bitch', ‘shit’, ‘bullshit’ and ‘ass’, as well as use of the rude ‘middle finger’ gesture.

Two men drag a screaming female protester to the ground and rip open her shirt to reveal her bra. Another man intervenes.

Police are shown attacking protesters with tear gas and riot clubs, resulting in spurts of blood and occasional strong bloody aftermath images. There is brief use of grainy images of real dead bodies lying in pools of blood in the aftermath of off-screen violence.

People are infrequently shown smoking joints, and there are occasional verbal references to drug misuse. There are infrequent moderate verbal sex references.