Our blog title is actually a double entendre. Firstly, the nominations are certainly a year to forget for us film fans, as diversity was clearly not on the agenda.
Secondly, whilst on diversity, that has clearly been forgotten this year by BAFTA too. There’s lots that could be said, but the argument won’t be won or lost in a blog. But we will say a few points, alongside publishing the big hitters on the nomination list…
Early this morning, around 8am UK time, a hashtag quickly rose up the charts on Twitter. #BaftasSoWhite hit the social network like a ton of bricks as the nominations for the 2020 edition of the BAFTAs were released. They included big names from Hollywood, and pretty much every single name we knew, even appearing twice – but we’ll get to that.
For the last few hours, the BAFTA execs have been bombarded with questions of diversity from all over the media. It’s fair to say, the bosses have been quick to side with the public and distance themselves from the jury’s votes, but it still isn’t good enough.
In the four acting categories, there is not a single person of colour in the lists. Lupita Nyong'o (Us), Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers) and Awkwafina (The Farewell) are just a few names that have produced superb performances, been critically acclaimed at other award ceremonies, but nowhere to be seen here. The same can be said for female directing slots, it’s the seventh year in a row that a woman hasn’t been nominated.
On top of this, you have double nominations in categories. Scarlett Johansson is nominated twice for Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit respectively, but Margot Robbie is even nominated twice in the same award list! This is going to be one huge headache for BAFTA, and it will need looking into as soon as possible going forward.
Onto the positives though, and taking nothing away from the nominated people, it’s great to see Joker getting continued love. It leads the way with 11 nominations across the board. In terms of distributors, Netflix has 23 nominations, including 10 for The Irishman and five each for Marriage Story and The Two Popes, followed by Sony with 16, with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood accounting for 10.
We’re sure come Sunday 2nd February, many of the industry eyes will be on this awards show. Let’s just hope the Oscars in a couple of weeks don’t get their own negative hashtag. Anyway, here’s a quick nomination rundown for some of the big gongs…
To see the full list, visit the BAFTAs website here.