BAFTA nominations receives backlash over lack of diversity after Margot Robbie gets a nod twice in same category
British Academy of Films and Television Arts (BAFTA) earlier on Tuesday had unveiled the list of nominees to run in the upcoming award race but the online commentators are already in anger as not a single person of colour was nominated in the main acting categories.
But many claim that the list showed scarcity in the acting category, where 20 names in total and all being entirely white.
This notice of difference was quick to spark anger on social media and #BAFTAsSoWhite hashtag is seen trending.
Check out some of the reactions here
Not a single person of color nominated despite plenty of contenders. No Lopez. No Nyong'o. No Erivo. No Shuzhen. No Awkwafina. No Parasite actors. No Murphy. #BAFTASsowhite
— Alejandro (@adounce) January 7, 2020
You all were so committed to not nominating any actors of color that you actually nominated Margot Robbie twice in the same category. #EEBAFTAs #BAFTASSoWhite https://t.co/PPFAlw7LLu — Lisa Bee (@leebee4life) January 7, 2020
No nominations for Queen & Slim
No nominations for Harriet
No nominations for Blue Story
No nominations for Us
— lizzo mcguire (@JemalPolson) January 7, 2020
BAFTA gave a nod to Margot Robbie and Scarlett Johansson not one, but two nominations in the same category.
BAFTA acknowledged the issue, and said, "We'd have liked to have seen more diversity in the nominations, it does continue to be an industry-wide issue," cited The Hollywood Reporter.
BAFTA's director of awards, Emma Baehr, told The Hollywood Reporter, "I think more films need to be made, and entered, giving people a chance to see them. We'd absolutely like to see more diversity, but I also don't want to take away from those celebrating today."
(With inputs from Asian News International)
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Updated Date: Jan 08, 2020 10:25:31 IST