But she dedicated her awards haul to the nomadic Americans, middle-aged and older, who participated in the film. “Thank you for showing us that aging is a beautiful part of life,” Zhao said. “How we treat our elders says a lot about who we are as a society,” she added, “and we need to do better.”
This year’s BAFTAs were handed out at the Royal Albert Hall in London, although without the usual glamorous audience. Instead, nominees attended via video link, some sitting in their living rooms.
This year’s nominees had been notable for their diversity, in stark contrast to last year’s awards when no people of color were nominated in the main acting categories, and no women were nominated for best director, prompting a social media outcry.
In response, BAFTA made a host of rule changes, including requiring its members to undergo unconscious bias training before voting and involving juries in several categories.