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Entertainment BAFTA Plans Major Review of Awards Voting After Diversity Issues Impact Nominations

15:10  09 january  2020
15:10  09 january  2020 Source:   variety.com

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Outstanding British Film is part- voted for by an opt-in British Film chapter and part by a jury in round one (three nominations each), with the However, BAFTA ’s director of awards Emma Baehr also described it as an “industry-wide issue ”. The organization has not published stats about the diversity

BAFTA faced a barrage of criticism after all of the 20 main acting nominations in the 2020 BAFTA film Many of the films nominated this year are based on real-life issues , but the noms singularly did not It also has control over its membership,which votes on the Awards . New BAFTA members join

There will be a root and branch review of how the BAFTA Film Awards are voted on in the wake of this week’s nominations, which saw no people of color nominated in the acting categories and, again, no female helmers get a nod for best director.

  BAFTA Plans Major Review of Awards Voting After Diversity Issues Impact Nominations © Jamie Simonds/BAFTA/Shutterstock

The head of BAFTA’s film committee, Marc Samuelson, told Variety that there will be a “careful and detailed review within and outside the membership.” Having conceded as the noms landed that there was an “infuriating” lack of diversity in the lineup, Samuelson said everyone who has a view will be heard, and any changes agreed upon will be in place in time for voting for the 2021 awards.

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts ( Bafta ) are on the back foot after incurring heavy criticism over the lack of diversity in their nominations Among the 20 major acting nominations there were no actors of colour, with snubs for Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Murphy and The

First-round voting for the Film Awards is carried out by all members for some categories including those for acting, and specialist chapters and juries for others. All 6,500 members then vote on the noms in almost all categories in the next round to elicit the winners, who will collect the awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Feb. 2.

There are various alternative systems possible, including versions whereby nominations are created through hybrids of all-member, jury, and chapters votes.

BAFTA was roundly criticized in the wake of the noms with the BAFTAsSoWhite hashtag gaining traction on Twitter. It has not ducked the issues and Samuelson said: “There is absolute openness to change, and the organization made clear its position on the noms and that it was not satisfied. Change is required – what that is, is complex and needs calm, careful thought.”

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It said films would not be nominated for best British film or best British debut unless they met at least two of four " diversity standards", which cover "In many areas, our voting membership is more diverse than the industry," a Bafta statement said. "However diversity continues to be an issue that

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The review of the voting system will follow a similar process to the one implemented in 2019 after exhibitors were vocal about their unhappiness with Netflix’s “Roma” being eligible for awards despite its limited theatrical release. That review helped ensure wider theatrical distribution of qualifying pictures from streamers, and BAFTA hopes its look at voting can also have a tangible impact on the make-up of its awards. Samuelson is writing to members to encourage their feedback and contribution to the review.

Pictured: Marc Samuelson, chair of BAFTA’s film committee, and Amanda Berry, BAFTA CEO, at the BAFTA Film Awards nominations announcement on Jan. 7.

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