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Bafta Awards 2020: Joaquin Phoenix praised for calling out 'systemic racism'

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Bafta Awards 2020: Joaquin Phoenix praised for calling out 'systemic racism'

Joaquin Phoenix has received praise for using his Baftas speech to call out "systemic racism" in the film industry.

Phoenix collected the best actor award for Joker on Sunday, and his comments followed an outcry about the all-white acting nominations line-up.

"I think that we send a very clear message to people of colour that you're not welcome here," he said.

Actress Viola Davis and director Lulu Wang, who made The Farewell, were among those to applaud him on Twitter.

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Bafta Awards 2020: Joaquin Phoenix praised for calling out 'systemic racism'
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: "Correct me if I'm wrong but this is the first time... In a long time... I see a white man uses the stage he's given to say what we all need to hear."

She added: "We mostly hear women speak up and this is encouraging and will help our work. Thank you Joaquin."

Yvette Nicole Brown, known for starring in TV shows including Community, : "Tell the truth then, Joaquin!" followed by a series of hand-clap emojis.

Shameless and The Walking Dead writer : "Thank you Joaquin for articulating how many people feel and aren't able to express."


Phoenix shared a conversation with the Duke of Cambridge at the ceremony
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04 February 2020, 10:24