Cynthia Erivo praises Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘brave’ BAFTAs speech

Cynthia Erivo has thanked Joaquin Phoenix for making a “brave” speech about systemic racism in Hollywood at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).While accepting the Best Actor award at the ceremony in London last week, the Joker star took the oppor…

Cynthia Erivo has thanked Joaquin Phoenix for making a “brave” speech about systemic racism in Hollywood at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).

While accepting the Best Actor award at the ceremony in London last week, the Joker star took the opportunity to call out the lack of diversity in this year’s awards season nominees, and urged his fellow actors to tackle the problem head-on.

In light of Phoenix’s speech, Erivo, who is the only black nominee in the acting categories at the upcoming Oscars, has praised the 45-year-old for speaking out about the issue and expressed her hope that it will force change within the industry.

“It meant that someone like him was listening and seeing what is going on and has gotten to the point where he can pretend it’s not happening anymore,” the British actress told Variety.

Erivo, who is nominated at the Academy Awards on Sunday for her portrayal of Harriet Tubman in the biopic Harriet, added that it “meant a lot” to her that Phoenix made the important speech while in her home city.

“I hope we didn’t fall on deaf ears. We never know,” she shared. “But I think it was time for someone like him to say it, because people like me, the black girls of the world, the black men of the world, are saying it consistently, but we’re not always being heard.

“So maybe it might have taken that to change something.”

Erivo, 33, previously showed her support for Phoenix’s blistering speech at the BAFTAs by posting a clip of it to Instagram on Monday.

“Joaquin Phoenix giving a word on institutional racism. Much respect,” she wrote in the caption.

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Kaitlyn Dever gets make-up tips from Beanie Feldstein

Kaitlyn Dever gets valuable make-up tips and advice from her Booksmart co-star Beanie Feldstein.In a new interview with Elle U.K. magazine, the 23-year-old shared that she loves nothing more than a natural look on her days off but is a big fan of winge…

Kaitlyn Dever gets valuable make-up tips and advice from her Booksmart co-star Beanie Feldstein.

In a new interview with Elle U.K. magazine, the 23-year-old shared that she loves nothing more than a natural look on her days off but is a big fan of winged eyeliner when she’s going to an event.

However, Kaitlyn admitted her pal Beanie had to help her out when she first attempted to use liquid eyeliner.

“If I’m going out with my friends, I do winged eyeliner – I’ve actually got really good at it! I’ve mastered using a felt tip pen liquid liner,” the actress explained. “Beanie is a pro at it – hers always looks amazing. She was giving me her tips and she said, ‘You just have to go for it’, and I think that’s a little bit true. She told me: ‘You go for it, and then you fix it after.’ I always felt like fixing isn’t the best way to do it but actually it means that you can really perfect it.”

Kaitlyn, who was recently nominated for the Rising Star Award at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), added that she relies on her family and friends to help her deal with pressures of Hollywood’s beauty standards.

“I don’t feel any sort of pressure to look a certain way ever. I feel that’s partly because of the way my parents raised me,” she shared. “They always brought me up to just be myself and constantly remind me when they notice that I’m slipping away from myself a little bit.”

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Robert De Niro fine with viewers pausing The Irishman

Robert De Niro is fine with viewers pausing his three hour-long epic The Irishman and watching it in two sittings.The gangster drama, based on the Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses, follows the story of mob hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Shee…

Robert De Niro is fine with viewers pausing his three hour-long epic The Irishman and watching it in two sittings.

The gangster drama, based on the Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses, follows the story of mob hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran, who was involved in the infamous disappearance and murder of union boss Jimmy Hoffa.

De Niro, who plays Sheeran in Martin Scorsese’s award-winning epic, was made for streaming service Netflix, and only had a limited release in cinemas back in November.

However, viewers at home are struggling with the runtime, which is just over 3.5 hours, and have been pausing the film halfway through to watch it over two sittings.

And in an interview with the BBC on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday, De Niro gave his permission for fans to take their time with the epic.

“It’s okay,” he said after some hesitation. “Ideally you watch it in one sitting, in a big (movie) theatre with people, but there are some people who can’t do that, so it’s okay.”

The Oscar-winning actor didn’t mind that viewers weren’t watching it all in one go, so long as they understood and appreciated the movie, which features stellar performances from his co-stars Joe Pesci and Al Pacino.

“So long as you get the feeling from the film, you get it. That’s all,” De Niro stated.

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Joaquin Phoenix makes poignant speech about ‘systematic racism’ at 2020 BAFTAs

Joaquin Phoenix gave a powerful speech about “systematic racism” in Hollywood as he accepted the Best Actor prize at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.The 45-year-old scooped one of the night’s top honours at the ceremony for his stell…

Joaquin Phoenix gave a powerful speech about “systematic racism” in Hollywood as he accepted the Best Actor prize at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.

The 45-year-old scooped one of the night’s top honours at the ceremony for his stellar performance in Todd Phillips’ Joker, and used his appearance onstage at London’s Royal Albert Hall to highlight the lack of diversity at the 2020 BAFTAs, for which no people of colour were nominated for acting categories.

“I feel conflicted because so many of my fellow actors that are deserving don’t have that same privilege,” Joaquin began. “I think that we send a very clear message to people of colour that you’re not welcome here.”

“I think that’s the message that we’re sending to people that have contributed so much to our medium and our industry, and in ways that we benefit from,” he continued, adding that he wants people to be “acknowledged, appreciated and respected for their work.”

“This is not a self-righteous condemnation because I’m ashamed to say that I’m part of the problem,” he stated, and confessed to the star-studded audience that he had previously not done “everything in my power” to make sure the film sets he worked on were inclusive.

“We have to do the hard work to truly understand systemic racism. I think it is the obligation of the people that have created and perpetuate and benefit from a system of oppression to be the ones that dismantle it. So that’s on us,” he concluded to wild applause.

Prince William, who serves as the President of BAFTA, also addressed the contentious issue while awarding the BAFTA Fellowship to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

“We find ourselves talking again about the need to do more to address diversity in the sector. That cannot be right in this day and age,” he shared. “BAFTA take this issue seriously, and following this year’s nominations, have launched a full and thorough review.”

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Barry Jenkins felt pressure living up to novelist James Baldwin with If Beale Street Could Talk

Director Barry Jenkins felt pressure living up to the voice of If Beale Street Could Talk author James Baldwin with his film adaptation. The moviemaker adapted Baldwin’s 1974 novel for his latest love story, about a pregnant woman who seeks to clear t…

Director Barry Jenkins felt pressure living up to the voice of If Beale Street Could Talk author James Baldwin with his film adaptation.

The moviemaker adapted Baldwin’s 1974 novel for his latest love story, about a pregnant woman who seeks to clear the name of her partner after he is falsely accused of rape and prove his innocence before the birth of their child.

The project marks Jenkins’ follow-up to his 2016 drama Moonlight, which scored three Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. When asked if he felt pressure living up to the success of Moonlight with his new movie, Jenkins admitted to WENN/Cover Media that the pressure actually came from the challenge of adapting Baldwin’s novel.

“No, not really. I wrote the screenplay at the same time I wrote the screenplay for Moonlight so it already existed so the project was already happening even before all the awards things,” he said on the red carpet at the BAFTAs. “The big pressure was to live up to the voice of James Baldwin, to me that was as much pressure as anything.”

The 39-year-old attended the British ceremony in London on Sunday (10Feb19) with his If Beale Street Could Talk star Regina King, and when asked about her being snubbed by BAFTA in the Best Supporting Actress category, he simply shrugged and said, “I’m not a BAFTA member so I have no say in that.”

Mahershala Ali, who won an Oscar for Moonlight, took home a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor for Green Book on Sunday, and said Moonlight will always have a special place in his heart because it’s opened so many doors for him.

“I wouldn’t have got this part (in Green Book) without Moonlight which for me was truly a miracle as there was never a film like that up until that point,” he said. “I absolutely love (character) Juan, I love Moonlight, it has a special place in my heart because it’s led to so many other opportunities so that will always be extraordinarily special to me, that experience.”

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Mahershala Ali: ‘Black actors are forced to talk about diversity’

Mahershala Ali is tired of always being asked about diversity in Hollywood.In an interview with Esquire U.K., the actor, who won Best Supporting Actor at the EE BAFTAs on Sunday night (10Feb19) for his role as the late jazz star Don Shirley in Green Bo…

Mahershala Ali is tired of always being asked about diversity in Hollywood.

In an interview with Esquire U.K., the actor, who won Best Supporting Actor at the EE BAFTAs on Sunday night (10Feb19) for his role as the late jazz star Don Shirley in Green Book, bemoaned the fact that people always want to talk to black actors about issues related to the colour of their skin.

“It’s just that white actors are only asked about race if they’re doing a civil rights project,” he sighed, as he discussed inequality when it comes to discussing issues of diversity in Hollywood.

“In interviews like this, they talk about their process and life but black actors are always talking about diversity, where the culture’s at, where it’s going. We have to be professors of cultural studies where a white actor can just be an actor!”

The star, whose latest film centres on the relationship between a black jazz musician and his white driver, is the frontrunner for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar at the forthcoming Academy Awards. In 2018 he became the first Muslim actor to win an acting award at the Oscars, for film Moonlight.

His comments after the promotional tour for the film were marred when his co-star Viggo Mortensen was at the centre of a racism row after he used the n-word during a Q&A.

While making a point about the fact that the racial slur is no longer used as casually as it was in 1962, when Green Book is set, Viggo used the full word and was forced to issue an apology after he came under fire.

Mahershala also responded to the row, and was critical of his co-star, who he said had “apologised profusely” following the Q&A.

“However well-intended or intellectual the conversation may have been, it wasn’t appropriate for Viggo to say the n-word,” he said in a statement.

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Cate Blanchett is the jewel of the BAFTAs red carpet

Cate Blanchett set the bar high for glamour on the BAFTAs red carpet as she unveiled her new brunette do to complement her jeweled black gown. The Australian actress wowed in the custom Christopher Kane gown, which featured a huge gemstone necklace an…

Cate Blanchett set the bar high for glamour on the BAFTAs red carpet as she unveiled her new brunette do to complement her jeweled black gown.

The Australian actress wowed in the custom Christopher Kane gown, which featured a huge gemstone necklace and a thigh-high split, to the prestigious awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday night (10Feb19). Later in the evening, she presented the Fellowship Award to Thelma Schoonmaker.

And the star wasn’t the only one leading the way in jewel tones on the chilly red carpet.

Amy Adams, who was up for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Vice, stunned in a burgundy Prada gown with a jewel embellishment, and her hair scraped back into a sleek low ponytail.

One of the evening’s presenters, Lily Collins, wore a deep blue Givenchy creation for the occasion, which featured an intricately designed tulle skirt and a structured jacket.

The Crown star Claire Foy, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in First Man, looked regal in a fringed green Oscar De La Renta strapless gown. While she braved the cold weather in London, Claire joked to presenter Dermot O’Leary on the red carpet that she was “so hungry” before the awards ceremony.

Monochrome was another huge trend on the BAFTAs red carpet, with Best Actress winner Olivia Colman leading the charge in her black and white Emilia Wickstead custom creation.

Rachel Weisz, Olivia’s co-star in The Favourite who scooped the Best Supporting Actress gong, was ethereal in a white Gucci tulle gown and Cartier diamond earrings, while the Duchess of Cambridge wore a one-shouldered Alexander McQueen creation with Jimmy Choo heels.

Salma Hayek, who was visibly emotional as she presented the Best Film award to friend Alfonso Cuaron, was chic in a black velvet floor-length dress by Gucci, complete with a jewel lizard brooch on her shoulder.

Best Actress nominees Glenn Close and Melissa McCarthy also got the black dress memo, while Viola Davis complemented her black and white Armani Prive dress with a huge bow.

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Daniel Kaluuya ‘privileged’ to be involved in Black Panther’s success

Daniel Kaluuya feels privileged to be part of Black Panther’s record-breaking box office success. Ryan Coogler’s Marvel superhero movie has taken $192 million (£137 million) in its first three days of release in North America, making it the fifth-big…

Daniel Kaluuya feels privileged to be part of Black Panther’s record-breaking box office success.

Ryan Coogler’s Marvel superhero movie has taken $192 million (£137 million) in its first three days of release in North America, making it the fifth-biggest opening of all time and the biggest pre-summer launch of all time. The current global gross sits as $361 million (£258 million) but that figure is expected to rise significantly once more weekend box office reports come in.

Daniel, who plays a border guard in the fictional African nation of Wakanda, found out about the box office figures backstage at the BAFTAs on Sunday night (18Feb18) and he was overwhelmed by the news.

“So happy for Ryan and the team, so happy. We gave our all on that,” he said. “It feels like a moment; there’s so many memes and videos and songs and art is being made about it. It’s so amazing to be a part of it. It’s a privilege.”

The 28-year-old beat the likes of Florence Pugh, Tessa Thompson, Timothee Chalamet and Josh O’Connor to the EE Rising Star prize, the only category voted for by the public, and he couldn’t hide his excitement backstage.

“F**king hell… I’m humbled. It’s the people. People voted, they didn’t have to do that. It’s love,” he gushed. “It’s a great feeling.”

When asked how he’s going to celebrate, Daniel joked that celebrities can’t party hard during awards season as pictures of them looking drunk usually end up online, so he’ll just be doing something low-key.

“I just want to be around my friends, my people, my family, the people that were always there. I just want to vibe and catch up with them,” he explained.

The British star was also nominated for the Best Actor category for his role in Get Out, but he missed out to Gary Oldman. They will both compete for the same prize, alongside Timothee, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Denzel Washington, at the Oscars on 4 March (18).

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