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The list of BAFTA nominees was released on Tuesday (07), and the award was severely criticized by Internet users for the lack of diversity, with only white actors and actresses having been nominated for the main awards of the event.
Marc Samuelson, the head of the film committee, told Variety in response: “It is annoying the lack of diversity in acting nominees, and it is frustrating that the industry is not moving as fast as the entire BAFTA team would certainly like.”
All the top 20 nominations for the 2020 award went to white actors, and the lack of diversity is still present in terms of gender, when only men were nominated in the category of best directors.
However, even the nominated women did not escape criticism, with Scarlett Johansson and Margot Robbie, white and blond, nominated in both categories Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, Robbie even with two nominations in the same section.
While acknowledging that there is a disparity in the diversity of those who lead the films, Samuelson comments that there are “some encouraging signs” in these terms. “All BAFTA can do is what is within our reach, and that is what will happen and will continue until it is no longer a problem. I hope that this is what is happening is a revolution, albeit more slowly than everyone would like ”, concludes his speech.
The award will take place on January 2nd, 2020.