Oscar 2020: BAFTA to Study Scandalous All-White Nominations

There will be a thorough 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.

The head of BAFTA’s film committee, Marc Samuelson, said that there will be a “careful and detailed review within and outside the membership.” Having conceded 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.

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 nominations in almost all categories in the next round to elicit the winners.

The BAFTA ceremony will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 2, a week before the Oscar telecast.