BAFTA nominations diversity, became embroiled in a race row.
Three years ago BAFTA became embroiled in a race row when it announced all-white acting nominations. This year, the event has revealed a similar lack of diversity in its main acting categories.
All 20 of the best actor and best supporting actor nominees are white, with Margot Robbie and Scarlett Johansson even afforded two nominations apiece. By our count, across BAFTA’s 160+ total nominees, there are fewer than five black nominees and only a handful of Asian nominees.
It didn’t take long for the social media axes to grind. A few minutes in fact.
Shortly after the BAFTA nominations were announced, the Twitter hashtag awards organizers dread began to take hold: #Baftassowhite.
A number of film critics adopted the tag, citing movies such as Parasite, Pain And Glory, The Farewell, Hustlers, Harriet, Us and Clemency as movies whose stars were worthy of more attention.