Published On: Fri, Jan 10th, 2020

BAFTA to review voting process after diversity backlash | Ents & Arts News

BAFTA is reviewing its voting process after a flood of criticism over the lack of diversity in its nominations.

All the people nominated in the acting categories are white, and no women moviemakers have been shortlisted for best director or got a nod in the best film section.

The head of the academy’s film committee Marc Samuelson told Variety there will be a “careful and detailed review within and outside the membership.”

Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt attend the "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood" UK Premiere at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on July 30, 2019 in London
Margot Robbie has two best supporting actress nods, but no BAME actresses make the cut

He said changes will be agreed ahead of voting for the 2021 awards.

The winners and nominees in the four majority acting categories are currently voted for in two rounds by 6,700 BAFTA members, comprised of industry professionals and creatives from around the world.

More craft specific fields including directing are voted on by a smaller number of BAFTA specialists in the first round, before opening up the second round, to select the eventual winner, to all members.

On the day of nominations, the hashtag #BaftasSoWhite was widely used on Twitter.

Some even pointed out that in the best supporting actress category, Margot Robbie is nominated twice, for both Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Bombshell, while no BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic background) actresses makes the cut.

Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Saoirse Ronan and Eliza Scanlen in Greta Gerwig's Little Women
Some felt that Greta Gerwig’s Little Women should have got a best director nod

BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry called the nominations “disappointing” and said the organisation is “not going to stop pushing”.

Marc Samuelson, chair of the charity’s film committee, said it was “infuriating” but pointed out that female nominations are “rising every year”.

He said BAFTA nominations are now around “36% female”.

BAFTA deputy chair Krishnendu Majumdar said the lack of female nominees in the best director category is an “industry-wide problem” and that BAFTA is “fiercely doing something about it”, adding that women have been nominated in other categories, such as animated and non-English language films.

The industry has come under fire in recent years over diversity, with the Oscars facing a backlash in 2016.

BAFTA faced similar criticism in 2017, and just last year pledged to do more to achieve “seismic” changes.

The BAFTA Film ceremony will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday 2 February.

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