Baftas 2020 Slammed After Only White Actors Receive Nominations

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.

A selection of the stars nominated at this year's Baftas (Photo: Shutterstock)

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...

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…

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.

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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.


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Jodie Comer

Star of Killing Eve.

Jennifer Lopez

Star of Hustlers.

Olivia Colman

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Star and creator of Fleabag.

Billy Porter

Star of Pose.

Renée Zellweger

Star of Judy.

Margot Robbie

Taylor Swift

Star of Cats.

Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost

Star of Marriage Story.

Kit Harington

Star of Game Of Thrones.

Helen Mirren

Star of Catherine The Great.

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban

Star of Big Little Lies.

Jennifer Aniston

Star of The Morning Show.

Andrew Scott

Star of Fleabag.

Reese Witherspoon

Star of The Morning Show.

Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon


Adam Driver and Joanne Tucker

Star of Marriage Story.

Cynthia Erivo

Star of Harriet.

Brad Pitt

Star of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.


Star of The Farewell.

Saoirse Ronan

Star of Little Women.

Joaquin Phoenix

Star of Joker.

Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach

Directors of Little Women and Marriage Story, respectively.

Gwyneth Paltrow


Cate Blanchett

Star of Where'd You Go, Bernadette.

Glenn Close


Beanie Feldstein

Star of Booksmart.

Taron Egerton and Emily Thomas

Star of Rocketman.

Natasha Lyonne

Star of Russian Doll.

Ana De Armas

Star of Knives Out.

Laura Dern

Star of Marriage Story.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas


Gillian Anderson

Kate McKinnon


Paul Rudd and Julie Yaeger

Star of Living With Yourself.

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