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Bafta film awards 2020: 'Detailed review' of voting process after diversity row

Bafta film awards 2020: 'Detailed review' of voting process after diversity row

Bafta will conduct a "careful and detailed review" of its voting system due to the "infuriating" lack of diversity in this year's nominations, its film committee head has said.

All the acting nominees on Bafta's list are white and no female directors were nominated.

Bafta's the review will be carried out "within and outside the membership".

He said "everyone who has a view will be heard".

He added that any changes agreed upon will be "in place in time for voting for the 2021 awards".

: "Bafta has been pretty clear that like everyone else it was not happy with the results of the vote."

Spike Lee won his first ever Bafta for BlackKklansman last year

This year's nominees were led by Joker with 11, followed by The Irishman and Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood.

But the nominations drew strong criticism on social media, with #BaftasSoWhite trending.

Cynthia Erivo, who stars in the film Harriet, : "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."

But Bafta member and actor Nicholas Young, in a letter to the Daily Telegraph on 9 January, wrote: "As a voting member of Bafta, I take exception to the suggestion that my choices are based on anything other than excellence in each respective field.

"This year, there have been a number of brilliant performances by actors and actresses of many racial backgrounds.

There was no room for Cynthia Erivo for playing slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman

"There have also been a number of films made by and starring predominantly black talent. Excellent though these have been, the most outstanding films and performances this year, for the most part, those appearing on the recently published Bafta shortlist."

He added that during his early career he "formed a talent agency with a black, female partner, representing clients from a range of ethnic backgrounds" and that he has been "happily married to a black Jamaican for the past 30 years".

On Friday, Young told the BBC the negative reaction to this year's list was "slightly hysterical".

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10 January 2020, 22:30