Has BAFTA Just Shown That It Has A Diversity Problem As Well?

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BAFTA has just revealed its nomination for its 2020 awards show and people are not happy because there’s a real lack of diversity.

There’s been a huge problem with diversity – or lack thereof – at awards shows recently, and the real problem is that there’s no need for this lack of diversity.

There have been incredible films made by women and non-white directors, especially this year.

Just look at Greta Gerwig who make Little Women, which is brilliant. Jennifer Kent made The Nightingale which is brilliant.

Neither Gerwig nor Kent were nominated, and instead the likes of Joker, The Irishman and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood were nominated for everything.

Why wasn’t Greta Gerwig or Jennifer Kent nominated for a BAFTA?

Baykali Ganambarr as Billy and Aisling Franciosi as Clare in The Nightingale (Credit: IFC Films)

Baykali Ganambarr as Billy and Ailing in The Nightingale (Credit: IFC Films)

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Joker got eleven nominations, The Irishman and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood both got ten, 1917 got nine and Jojo Rabbit got six.

There’s also the fact that Scarlett Johansson and Margot Robbie are up for two acting awards each, which doesn’t really make sense to me.

This is the seventh year in a row now that no female directors were nominated, which is a huge problem.

You can’t tell me that no female directors have made a film in the last seven years worth a BAFTA nomination.

This lack of diversity has even lead to BAFTA boss Amanda Berry claiming she was “very disappointed” by the lack of diversity in this year’s nominations.

BAFTA has to address this diversity issue moving forward

The Nightingale is a harrowing yet real tale

The Nightingale is a harrowing yet real tale (Credit: Matt Nettheim)

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It’s a problem which really seems to be affecting these awards ceremonies, however, BAFTA has seemingly managed to get away with it for so many years, and I don’t really know why.

This lack of diversity has to be addressed and I’m sure it will be during the awards show, but it’s something they need to tackle moving forward.

It really cannot go on like this and hopefully, BAFTA will start to change its membership and they have address this issue.

Here’s a full list of the nominations for BAFTA’s 2020 awards.

Best film

  • 1917
  • The Irishman
  • Joker
  • Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
  • Parasite

Outstanding British film

  • 1917
  • Bait
  • For Sama
  • Rocketman
  • Sorry We Missed You
  • The Two Popes

Leading actress

  • Jessie Buckley – Wild Rose
  • Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
  • Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
  • Charlize Theron – Bombshell
  • Renée Zellweger – Judy

Leading actor

  • Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
  • Adam Driver – Marriage Story
  • Taron Egerton – Rocketman
  • Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
  • Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

Supporting actress

  • Laura Dern – Marriage Story
  • Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit
  • Florence Pugh – Little Women
  • Margot Robbie – Bombshell
  • Margot Robbie – Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood

Supporting actor

  • Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
  • Al Pacino – The Irishman
  • Joe Pesci – The Irishman
  • Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood

Director

  • Sam Mendes – 1917
  • Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
  • Todd Phillips – Joker
  • Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood
  • Bong Joon-Ho – Parasite

EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)

  • Awkwafina
  • Jack Lowden
  • Kaitlyn Dever
  • Kelvin Harrison Jr.
  • Micheal Ward

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

  • Bait
  • For Sama
  • Maiden
  • Only You
  • Retablo

Film not in the English language

  • The Farewell
  • For Sama
  • Pain and Glory
  • Parasite
  • Portrait of a Lady On Fire

Documentary

  • American Factory
  • Apollo 11
  • Diego Maradona
  • For Sama
  • The Great Hack

Animated film

  • Frozen 2
  • Klaus
  • A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
  • Toy Story 4

Original screenplay

  • Booksmart
  • Knives Out
  • Marriage Story
  • Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
  • Parasite

Adapted screenplay

  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • The Two Popes

Original music

  • 1917
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Cinematography

  • 1917
  • The Irishman
  • Joker
  • Le Mans ’66
  • The Lighthouse

Costume design

  • The Irishman
  • JoJo Rabbit
  • Judy
  • Little Women
  • Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood

Editing

  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Le Mans ’66
  • Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood

Production design

  • 1917
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Once upon a Time… In Hollywood

Make-up and hair

  • 1917
  • Bombshell
  • Joker
  • Judy
  • Rocketman

Sound

  • 1917
  • Joker
  • Le Mans ’66
  • Rocketman
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Special visual effects

  • 1917
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • The Irishman
  • The Lion King
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best casting

  • Joker
  • Marriage Story
  • Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield
  • The Two Popes

British short film

  • Azaar
  • Goldfish
  • Kamali
  • Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
  • The Trap

British short animation

  • Grandad Was A Romantic
  • In Her Boots
  • The Magic Boat

Outstanding Contribution

TBC

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