Film fans have been voicing their concerns on social media after it was revealed that all 20 of this year’s acting Bafta nominations have gone to white stars.
On Tuesday morning, it was revealed that stars including Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Scarlett Johansson and Renée Zellweger had all been recognised for their acting work in the last year, with Margot Robbie even bagging two nominations in the same category.
However, many quickly pointed out that actors of colour have been completely snubbed at this year’s ceremony, despite many receiving critical acclaim for their performances, including Lupita Nyong’o for her dual role in the horror film Us and The Farewell star Awkwafina.
Many also pointed out the absence of Eddie Murphy, Cynthia Eviro and Jennifer Lopez, all of whom had been nominated for Golden Globes for their roles in Dolemite Is My Name, Harriet and Hustlers, respectively...
It is rly embarrassing for Britain that this is what BAFTA is putting to the world as our standard-bearers for acting tho. Doesn't reflect the diversity of the country at all. #EEBAFTAs— Tufayel Ahmed (@tufayel) January 7, 2020
Before anyone starts with 'maybe these people were just better' - I love Margot, but she barely spoke in OUATIH. Yet JLo can't get a nod for her career best, and Lupita can't get a nomination for Us? #EEBAFTAS— Emma Kelly (@TooManyEmmas) January 7, 2020
Deeply disappointing to see there's not a single person of colour nominated in either the Best Actor/Actress or Best Supporting Actor/Actress categories for the #EEBAFTAs.— Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) January 7, 2020
And no, I'm not counting Scarlett Johansson.
Margot Robbie got TWO flippin' nominations for Best Supporting Actress, but not one POC gets a nod in four categories? R U MAD BRUV???— Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) January 7, 2020
Not a single person of color nominated despite plenty of contenders. No Lopez. No Nyong'o. No Erivo. No Shuzhen. No Awkwafina. No Parasite actors. No Murphy. #BAFTASsowhite— Alejandro (@adounce) January 7, 2020
BAFTA. SO. WHITE. Absurd, all white actors, in a year with:— Tim Gerber (@Zuranthium) January 7, 2020
*7 nom-worthy performances in PARASITE
*2+ in The Farewell
*Octavia Spencer, 2 best turns of her career - MA and LUCE
*Woodard + Aldis Hodge, Clemency
Y’all need to divert your attention from Oscar So White and take a look at the damn BAFTAs snubbing Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Lopez, and Awkwafina— Mr. Mistoffelees (@kbaileyjava2) January 7, 2020
not a single poc nominated in the acting categories for the baftas... yea throw the baftas away— rowan (@sapphicrogue) January 7, 2020
BAFTA hates diversity!— 👑 Anne Hathaway👑 (@anniiehathaway) January 7, 2020
Ana De Armas
Where are they?#BAFTA
Shocked at BAFTA for giving 2 noms to Margot Robbie, (in one role where she barely has any dialogue) and not nominating JLo for her outstanding turn as Ramona in Hustlers... says a lot that they’d rather nominate the same white woman twice than give a nomination to a Latina woman https://t.co/vFI2tPq2F7— Harriet King (@harrietnking) January 7, 2020
All of the BAFTA acting nominees are white and 20% is either Scarlett Johansson or Margot Robbie, well done everyone— Simon Wright (@simonwrite) January 7, 2020
Many have also lamented the fact that, much like the recent Golden Globes, no women have been nominated in the Best Director category, despite critically-acclaimed efforts from filmmakers Lulu Wang, Greta Gerwig and Lorene Scafaria, among many others…
Where is this commitment to diversity in awards @BAFTA that you’ve set yourself when you do not nominate any woman for director OR any POC for any acting nominations??? #baftasomale #baftasowhite https://t.co/ZIBdjS0Kbj— Kelly Holmes (@vintagetakk) January 7, 2020
Completely white nominations across all acting categories and an entirely male selection for best director! Congrats BAFTAs really solid move there!— Daniel Bravo (@DanielCBravo) January 7, 2020
It's depressing @BAFTA voters can't see excluding female directors & BAME acting talent undermines the legitimacy of the awards themselves. While great films have been recognised & that should be celebrated, the gold mask is clearly tarnished by gender/racial bias in action.— David F Poole (@DavidFPoole) January 7, 2020
I love @BAFTA but it's disgraceful there are no female Best Director nominees once again. In a year that saw Olivia Wilde, Lulu Wang, Greta Gerwig & more connect with audiences, its even more baffling & wrong. They must address this urgently, it overshadows all their good work— David F Poole (@DavidFPoole) January 7, 2020
All-Male Best Director line-up, all white acting nominees, and a near-slobbering devotion to Hollywood over our own industry and its creatives. Seriously, at this point in time, the Baftas are becoming pathetically irrelevant.— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Ceilidhann) January 7, 2020
Hey @BAFTA, I fixed it for you...— Louis Whyte-Smith (@lswhytsmth) January 7, 2020
🎥 Booksmart - Olivia Wilde
🎥 The Farewell - Lulu Wang
🎥 Hustlers - Lorene Scafaria
🎥 Little Women - Greta Gerwig
🎥 The Souvenir - Joanna Hogg#EEBAFTAs https://t.co/OshaRlzqu9
Earlier in the week, Bafta announced the contenders for the Rising Star award which included a much more diverse list of people, including Micheal Ward – of Top Boy and Blue Story fame – and the aforementioned Awkwafina.
Also competing for the Rising Star title are Jack Lowden, Awkwafina and Kelvin Harrison Jr.
And finally, a reminder of the @EE Rising Star Award nominations:— BAFTA (@BAFTA) January 7, 2020
💫 Kaitlyn Dever
💫 Kelvin Harrison Jr
💫 Jack Lowden
💫 Micheal Ward
Vote for your winner now! https://t.co/4hxN1BHe9L #EEBAFTAs #EERisingStar pic.twitter.com/zNXI303L3o
Past winners of the title include Black Panther star Letitia Wright, Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya and Spider-Man’s Tom Holland.
This year’s Baftas will take place on Sunday 2 February and will air on BBC One.
MORE AWARDS SEASON...
Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon
Adam Driver and Joanne Tucker
Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach
Taron Egerton and Emily Thomas
Ana De Armas
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas
Paul Rudd and Julie Yaeger
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.