BAFTA to review voting process after diversity backlash
BAFTA is reviewing its voting process after a flood of criticism over the lack of diversity in its nominations.
All the people nominated in the acting categories are white, and no women moviemakers have been shortlisted for best director or got a nod in the best film section.
The head of the academy’s film committee Marc Samuelson told Variety there will be a “careful and detailed review within and outside the membership.”
He said changes will be agreed ahead of voting for the 2021 awards.
The winners and nominees in the four majority acting categories are currently voted for in two rounds by 6,700 BAFTA members, comprised of industry professionals and creatives from around the world.
More craft specific fields including directing are voted on by a smaller number of BAFTA specialists in the first round, before opening up the second round, to select the eventual winner, to all members.
On the day of nominations, the hashtag #BaftasSoWhite was widely used on Twitter.