BAFTA unveils steering group to address lack of diversity at film awards

BAFTA executives have created a steering group to help address the lack of diversity at the British Academy Film Awards. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) came under fire earlier this year when no people of colour were nominated …

BAFTA executives have created a steering group to help address the lack of diversity at the British Academy Film Awards.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) came under fire earlier this year when no people of colour were nominated in the acting categories and no women were nominated for Best Director at the 2020 awards, which were held in February.

BAFTA officials later admitted they were disappointed with the lack of diversity and would be conducting a thorough review in response, and on Tuesday, they announced that they have formed a steering group to conduct a major review to help improve representation in its film awards, with the 12-member group comprising a range of BAFTA board and committee members, BAFTA staff, external industry figures, independent advisors, and leading diversity advocates and academics.

Notable members include actor/director Noel Clarke, producer Marc Samuelson, and BAFTA deputy chair Krishnendu Majumdar.

“BAFTA is committed to driving positive change in the entertainment industry and is constantly reviewing its policies across membership, nominations and voting processes to ensure these are fit for purpose,” BAFTA representatives wrote in a press release.

“The review will cover the nominations and voting process, the role of distributors, the campaigning process, and the makeup of BAFTA’s membership and ultimately how these processes and conditions might be improved with solutions can help drive positive change in the wider industry. It will focus on BAFTA’s Film Awards, but will also take into account the BAFTA Television, Television Craft and Games Awards.”

The members will examine issues such as diversity, under-represented groups, access, fairness, unconscious bias, and representation in BAFTA’s voting membership. Their initial findings and recommendations are expected to be delivered by the end of the summer.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge recycles Alexander McQueen dress for BAFTAs

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge made an eco-friendly statement on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) by rewearing an Alexander McQueen dress.It was revealed last month that the dress code for the prestigious ceremony at Lon…

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge made an eco-friendly statement on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) by rewearing an Alexander McQueen dress.

It was revealed last month that the dress code for the prestigious ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall was to “dress sustainably”, and the 38-year-old royal opted to recycle one of her opulent designer gowns to the bash on Sunday.

Catherine first wore the floor-length white dress with gold embellishment for a state dinner in Malaysia in 2012 with husband Prince William, and on Sunday, she updated the look with a pair of gold Jimmy Choo pumps, a matching clutch, and a mother of pearl necklace and earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels.

The mother-of-three also traded her usual half-up, half-down hairstyle for an elegant updo, with her brunette locks swept into a similar style she wore to the BAFTAs last year.

The guidelines for the BAFTAs were part of the academy’s plans to create the first-ever carbon neutral awards ceremony.

“Sustainability is very important to BAFTA, and we’re doing more than ever before,” a spokesperson told Harper’s Bazaar U.K.

Guests attending the ceremony were asked to “dress sustainably” and encouraged to rewear outfits, rent designer pieces or choose vintage gowns. And if the celebrities decided to buy something new, a list of sustainable brands, including Reformation and Stella McCartney, were suggested.

It’s not the first time that there’s been a dress code for the BAFTAs – back in 2018, many guests wore black in support of the Time’s Up movement. Catherine was criticised for opting to wear dark green instead, but she did accessorise the gown with a black sash.

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Scarlett Johansson leads wave of colour in pink Versace dress at BAFTAs

Scarlett Johansson wowed in a daring pink feathered Atelier Versace dress on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).The actress, who was nominated for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the ceremony on Sunday, stu…

Scarlett Johansson wowed in a daring pink feathered Atelier Versace dress on the red carpet at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).

The actress, who was nominated for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress at the ceremony on Sunday, stunned as she arrived at the star-studded bash held at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Scarlett showed off her trim figure and numerous tattoos in the plunging custom pink gown, which was covered in sequins and finished off with a flourish of baby pink feathers on the skirt.

The mesh sections of the gown gave fans a glimpse of the ink on her rib cage, in addition to the string of roses and a goat exposed on her back.

She completed her show-stopping look with blush pink Jimmy Choo sandals and drop earrings, and styled her blonde hair in a chic updo.

Scarlett, who was nominated for both Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit, was just one of the famous faces opting for colour on the chilly red carpet.

Renee Zellweger, who won the Best Actress gong for her portrayal of Hollywood legend Judy Garland in the biopic Judy, wore an off-the-shoulder pale pink column gown by Prada with matching Jimmy Choo heels.

Best Supporting Actress nominee Florence Pugh chose a dramatic black and pink Dries Van Noten gown for the ceremony, which featured a short skirt in the front and a huge hot pink train in the back.

Charlize Theron also wowed with her pleated floor-length purple Dior dress, while Zoe Kravitz wore an eye-catching metallic gold gown designed by Saint Laurent.

Laura Dern, who continued her successful streak by winning Best Supporting Actress for Marriage Story, also channelled the colourful theme on the red carpet with a bright pink Valentino gown that featured an embellished bodice and full skirt.

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Charlize Theron ‘instantly fell in love’ with BAFTAs gown

Charlize Theron “instantly fell in love” with the purple Dior gown she wore to the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.The Oscar-winning actress wowed in a strapless purple couture Dior gown, which featured seamless pleats and a plunging nec…

Charlize Theron “instantly fell in love” with the purple Dior gown she wore to the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.

The Oscar-winning actress wowed in a strapless purple couture Dior gown, which featured seamless pleats and a plunging neckline, complemented with a simple black belt.

Charlize’s stylist Leslie Fremar told British Vogue that the Bombshell actress has been trying out different looks throughout awards season and was thrilled to be wearing a classic Old Hollywood design.

“We’ve tried to alter the silhouette, colour and feeling of Charlize’s looks for each red carpet,” she explained. “You don’t see her wear this classic silhouette very often, so we instantly fell in love with it.”

Fremar revealed the mood and timing of the ceremony, which takes place during winter in the U.K., had a huge impact on what type of gown she wanted her client to wear.

“The evening lighting makes the red carpet photographs look so elegant,” she shared. “It’s softer and more beautiful than the bright sunshine at the L.A. ceremonies.

“Maria Grazia Chiuri (Dior’s artistic director) gave Charlize the option of wearing purple or red… The vibrant purple was the standout option, and dictated the silhouette of the traditional Old Hollywood gown.”

And Charlize, who has worked with the iconic French fashion house since 2004, has such a good relationship with the designer that most of the couture pieces created for her need no alteration.

“Maria Grazia’s team has mannequins of Charlize’s body, so when her looks arrive they fit really well,” Fremar explained.

The 44-year-old, who was nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of Megyn Kelly in Bombshell, finished off her show-stopping look with a 10-carat diamond necklace from Tiffany & Co.

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Saoirse Ronan chose gown made from satin offcuts for 2020 BAFTAs

Saoirse Ronan’s chic Gucci gown for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) was made from satin offcuts.The 25-year-old adhered to the dress code for the red carpet on Sunday night, with organisers requesting attendees make environmentally consci…

Saoirse Ronan’s chic Gucci gown for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) was made from satin offcuts.

The 25-year-old adhered to the dress code for the red carpet on Sunday night, with organisers requesting attendees make environmentally conscious wardrobe choices by renting, wearing vintage, or selecting pieces made of sustainable materials rather than sporting brand-new clothes.

Saoirse arrived at London’s Royal Albert Hall in a voluminous black satin gown featuring leather straps and complemented the look by having her blonde hair swept off her shoulders and into a twisted-front updo.

Her stylist, Elizabeth Saltzman, told British Vogue that the gown was made by the Italian fashion house’s creative director Alessandro Michele from discarded satin.

“We wanted to create a gown that didn’t waste any resources or people’s time… It’s the first time we’ve gone dead simple, but we’ve been geeking out about the intricate craftsmanship,” she said.

And Elizabeth is a big fan of the pencil-thin leather straps, which she viewed as adding a “naughty kick” to the dress.

“I love that the most classic pieces are often the hardest to make – it feels good to celebrate this unique work,” the style guru smiled.

While Saoirse’s eco-friendly dress was overshadowed by colourful appearances from the likes of Scarlett Johansson in a pink Versace gown and Charlize Theron in a purple Dior number, Elizabeth was pleased with how the black dress allowed the Little Women star to shine.

“(Fashion should) celebrate Saoirse’s talent, rather than overpower her,” she insisted.

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Parasite lands top prize at London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

Parasite was named Film of the Year at the 40th annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards on Thursday night.The South Korean thriller landed the Film of the Year honour, while Bong Joon Ho was named Director of the Year.The filmmaker took to the stage …

Parasite was named Film of the Year at the 40th annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards on Thursday night.

The South Korean thriller landed the Film of the Year honour, while Bong Joon Ho was named Director of the Year.

The filmmaker took to the stage at London’s May Fair Hotel and thanked his cast and crew for their work on the movie, calling his wins a “huge honour”.

His film is also up for four awards at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, two weeks after Parasite became the first foreign-language movie to win Best Ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

Parasite will also compete for six Oscars, including Best Director, Best Picture, Best International Feature Film, and Best Original Screenplay.

The other double winners at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards were Marriage Story, which won Screenwriter of the Year for director Noah Baumbach and Supporting Actress of the Year for Laura Dern, and The Souvenir, which was named British/Irish Film of the Year. Its star Honor Swinton Byrne, the daughter of Tilda Swinton, won Young British/Irish Performer of the Year.

Joaquin Phoenix and Renee Zellweger continued their successful awards season streak by winning the leading actor and actress prizes for Joker and Judy, respectively, although there was a surprise in the Best Supporting Actor category, with Joe Pesci winning for The Irishman over current Oscars favourite Brad Pitt for his work on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The full list of London Critics’ Circle Film Awards winners is:

Film of the Year – Parasite

Actress of the Year – Renee Zellweger, Judy

Actor of the Year – Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Supporting Actress of the Year – Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Supporting Actor of the Year – Joe Pesci, The Irishman

British/Irish Film of the Year – The Souvenir

British/Irish Actress of the Year – Florence Pugh, Fighting with My Family/Midsommar/Little Women

British/Irish Actor of the Year – Robert Pattinson, The Lighthouse/High Life/The King

Young British/Irish Performer of the Year – Honor Swinton Byrne, The Souvenir

Director of the Year – Bong Joon Ho, Parasite

Screenwriter of the Year – Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story

Foreign Language Film of the Year – Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Documentary of the Year – For Sama

Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker – Mark Jenkin, Bait

British/Irish Short Film of the Year – The Devil’s Harmony

Technical Achievement Award – Barbara Ling (production design), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

The Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film – Sally Potter and Sandy Powell

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Andy Serkis to be honoured at 2020 BAFTAs

Andy Serkis is to be honoured with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the upcoming British Academy Film Awards.Bosses at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced on Thursday that they are to celebrate the a…

Andy Serkis is to be honoured with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the upcoming British Academy Film Awards.

Bosses at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced on Thursday that they are to celebrate the actor, producer, and director for his career and for helping pioneer performance capture technology through his roles in The Lord of the Rings, the Planet of the Apes trilogy, and more.

“I’m deeply honoured and thrilled to receive this award, and count myself extremely lucky to be on such a continually fascinating journey in visual storytelling, one that has given me the opportunity to collaborate with many of the world’s greatest artists, technologists and craftspeople, with whom I’d like to share this wonderful accolade,” Serkis said in a statement.

Marc Samuelson, chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee, said the 55-year-old’s work on films which utilised motion capture technology has been “revolutionary”.

“His pioneering influence as a performer, an educator, a leading innovator and an employer has helped shape the global film industry and the positive impact will be felt for years to come,” he added. “He’s a truly remarkable ambassador for our industry and a thoroughly deserving recipient of this year’s outstanding achievement award.”

Previous recipients of the honour include Ridley and Tony Scott, the Harry Potter series of films, and John Hurt.

The British Academy Film Awards will be held at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 2 February. Joker leads the nominations with 11.

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Cynthia Erivo ‘disappointed’ by all-white BAFTA acting nominees

Cynthia Erivo was left “disappointed” after learning that all the acting nominees for this year’s British Academy Film Awards were white.The 33-year-old British star had been tipped to land a BAFTA nomination for her role in biopic Harriet, about forme…

Cynthia Erivo was left “disappointed” after learning that all the acting nominees for this year’s British Academy Film Awards were white.

The 33-year-old British star had been tipped to land a BAFTA nomination for her role in biopic Harriet, about former slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman, but missed out on a nod for Best Actress, with the nominees including Scarlett Johansson, Renee Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Saoirse Ronan, and Charlize Theron.

In fact, there were no actors of colour in any of the acting categories – something Cynthia believes isn’t representative of the state of the movie industry today.

“It’s disappointing to see that we’ve got to this point in time and we’ve had such wonderful advancement in inclusion and diversity, and the films this year were beautiful, such wonderful stories told, and to not have that represented in an awards show like the BAFTAs is just disappointing really,” she told Variety when asked about the lack of diversity among this year’s nominees.

Following the widespread backlash, BAFTA officials issued a statement in which they admitted they were also disappointed, and subsequently announced they were launching a “careful and detailed review” of the voting process.

Responding to that news, Cynthia added, “Let’s see how (the review) does, whether it affects next year or the year after who knows, but I definitely think it’s time for change, we can’t overlook it any more.”

It was also reported that the Widows actress had turned down the chance to perform at the awards ceremony in London on 2 February – which the star confirmed in her interview with Variety.

“The reason I didn’t perform is because I don’t think it’s proper representation, as a woman of colour, of people of colour in this industry,” she said.

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BAFTA officials ‘disappointed’ by lack of diversity in nominations

BAFTA officials have admitted they are “disappointed” by the lack of diversity in the nominations for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards. The nominations for the 2020 ceremony were unveiled on Tuesday morning, revealing that Todd Phillips’s Joker ca…

BAFTA officials have admitted they are “disappointed” by the lack of diversity in the nominations for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards.

The nominations for the 2020 ceremony were unveiled on Tuesday morning, revealing that Todd Phillips’s Joker came top with 11 nods, closely followed by Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic The Irishman with 10.

Social media users swiftly went online to express their outrage at the all-white acting nominees, with them using the hashtag #BAFTASSoWhite. They blasted BAFTA voters for snubbing the likes of Awkwafina, Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, and Cynthia Erivo and opting to give Margot Robbie and Scarlett Johansson two nods each.

BAFTA executives have now admitted they are also disappointed about the all-white shortlist.

“Being totally honest, we are disappointed and that is not to take anything away from the people who have been nominated,” said BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry, according to Press Association. She added that although no female filmmaker made the Best Director shortlist, they were recognised across other categories and this “gives me joy and hope”.

“But we are going to do more, we are not going to stop pushing,” she insisted.

While Marc Samuelson, chairman of BAFTA’s film committee, commented: “Clearly everybody knows that everybody in the four acting groups of nominees are white, it’s infuriating, we can’t make the industry do something, all we can do is encourage and push and inspire and try to help people coming in at the bottom end.”

Samuelson also noted that diversity is improving in other ways, as the percentage of female nominees has risen. However, he did concede, “It doesn’t take anything away from the issue in the acting categories but, nonetheless, it’s something and things are moving.”

The 2020 British Academy Film Awards will be hosted by Graham Norton at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 2 February.

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Joker leads BAFTA nominations

Joker looks set for success at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards after receiving an impressive 11 nominations.The tragic tale of how Batman’s villainous foe came to be earned nods for star Joaquin Phoenix, who is up for the Leading Actor gong, Direc…

Joker looks set for success at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards after receiving an impressive 11 nominations.

The tragic tale of how Batman’s villainous foe came to be earned nods for star Joaquin Phoenix, who is up for the Leading Actor gong, Director Todd Phillips and Best Film. The movie is also up for the inaugural Best Casting prize, as well as awards for Editing, Production Design, Make-up & Hair and Sound.

Just behind Joker were The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, earning 10 nominations apiece. Martin Scorsese’s mob drama saw him nominated for Best Director, while Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are among those set to battle it out for the Supporting Actor statuette. Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood saw nominations for Supporting Actor Brad Pitt, Leading Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and Supporting Actress Margot Robbie.

Robbie actually featured twice in that category, as she’s also up for the award for her movie Bombshell.

Sam Mendes’ 1917 received nine nominations, including one for the prestigious Best Film gong, while Jojo Rabbit is up for six prizes, including Supporting Actress for Scarlett Johansson. Johansson and Robbie will face off against Laura Dern for Marriage Story and Florence Pugh for Little Women for the prize.

Scarlett is also up for the Leading Actress award, thanks to her role in Marriage Story, alongside fellow competitors Saoirse Ronan for Little Women, Charlize Theron for Bombshell, Renee Zellweger for Judy, and Jessie Buckley for Wild Rose.

Meanwhile, The Two Popes also bagged an impressive nominations haul with five nods, including Supporting Actor for Anthony Hopkins. But the acting veteran has some tough competition from Tom Hanks for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, as well as Pacino, Pesci and Pitt. Jonathan Pryce is up for the Leading Actor award for his role in The Two Popes, but will have to beat Marriage Story’s Adam Driver, Rocketman’s Taron Egerton, DiCaprio and Phoenix to take home the award.

It was previously announced that Awkwafina, Micheal Ward, Jack Lowden, Kaitlyn Dever and Kelvin Harrison, Jr. will face off for the EE Rising Star Award, which is voted for by the public.

The nominations were announced on Tuesday morning by Sex Education star Asa Butterfield and Charlie’s Angels’ Ella Balinska in London.

The British Academy Film Awards, hosted by Graham Norton, will take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 2 February.

The main list of nominees are as follows:

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 Actor:

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Taron Egerton – Rocketman

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

Leading Actress:

Jessie Buckley – Wild Rose

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan – Little Women

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Supporting Actor:

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes

Al Pacino – The Irishman

Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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

EE Rising Star Award:

Awkwafina

Jack Lowden

Kaitlyn Dever

Kelvin Harrison, Jr.

Micheal Ward

Director:

Sam Mendes – 1917

Martin Scorsese – The Irishman

Todd Phillips – Joker

Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Bong Joon-Ho – Parasite

Original Screenplay:

Booksmart – Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman

Knives Out – Rian Johnson

Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino

Parasite – Han Jin Won, Bong Joon-ho

Adapted Screenplay:

The Irishman – Steven Zaillian

Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi

Joker – Todd Phillips, Scott Silver

Little Women – Greta Gerwig

The Two Popes – Anthony McCarten

Casting:

Shayna Markowitz – Joker

Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler – Marriage Story

Victoria Thomas – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Sarah Crowe – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Nina Gold – The Two Popes

Animated Film:

Frozen 2

Klaus

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Toy Story 4

Film Not in the English Language:

The Farewell

For Sama

Pain and Glory

Parasite

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Original Score:

Thomas Newman – 1917

Michael Giacchino – Jojo Rabbit

Hildur Gudnadottir – Joker

Alexandre Desplat – Little Women

John Williams – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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