‘Laughable’: Anger as BAFTA awards recognise only white actors


Lack of diversity highlighted as all 20 nominees in acting categories for UK film body’s awards are white.

Cinema fans and critics have slammed a United Kingdom film body over a lack of diversity among the nominees for its annual film awards.

All 20 acting nominees for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards, announced on Tuesday, were white.

All best director nominees were men for the seventh consecutive year, and four out of five were white.

Marc Samuelson, the chair of BAFTA’s film committee, blamed the “infuriating lack of diversity” in the acting nominations on industry-wide failings in representation.

“It’s just a frustration that the industry is not moving as fast as certainly the whole BAFTA team would like it to be,” he told Variety magazine.

However, social media users were quick to point out acclaimed performances by actors such as Lupita Nyong’o in the film Us.

Meanwhile, white actresses Scarlett Johansson and Margot Robbie received two nominations each, prompting one Twitter user to say: “It’s actually laughable how Bafta went out of their way not to nominate a woc [woman of colour].”

On Sunday, United States rapper Awkwafina made history, becoming the first Asian-American woman to take home a Golden Globe for Lead Actress in a Comedy or Musical for her role in The Farewell.

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