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BAFTAs’ Defense For All-White Nominees – ‘Women Over The Age Of 40’ Count As Diversity??

The BAFTAs are having an actual #OscarsSoWhite 12 months…

Just three years in the past Joaquin Phoenix delivered a strong speech after his win, utilizing the platform — as a substitute of celebrating — to chastise the British awards physique for its overt failure to acknowledge actors of colour. Everyone cheered on the time, however then this 12 months… it’s clear nothing truly modified.

All 49 winners on the BAFTA movie awards final month have been white. In a 12 months with a juggernaut like Everything Everywhere All At Once which dominated the Oscars. And they adopted up that egregious night time with a pointy decline in variety amongst nominations for the TV awards introduced on Tuesday. The previous couple years, about 40% of the nominees have been from ethnic backgrounds aside from white — this 12 months it dropped to 24%. It might not be intentional, but it surely’s onerous to disregard when it retains taking place.

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The main class critics have pointed to is Leading Actress, through which all six nominees are white. The nominees have been Sarah Lancashire for Julia, Vicky McClure for Without Sin, Maxine Peake for Anne, Billie Piper for I Hate Suzie Too, Imelda Staunton for The Crown, and Kate Winslet for I Am Ruth. All nice actresses to make sure, however they’ve been honored earlier than — in truth, each single girl on that listing has been nominated at the very least twice earlier than.

Deadline requested BAFTAs CEO Jane Millichip if she was upset within the consequence, and her reply was… lower than very best. She mentioned:

“There is representation in that category in the fact that if you look at the age of the actresses and the roles written for them, it is extraordinary. This is something that we’ve discussed for a long time in the television and film world: Are the roles written for women over the age of 40? That is a really impressive result.”

Oof. Really? “Women over the age of 40”?? She’s equating that to variety? First off, we’re stoked for older ladies to get nice roles and to be celebrated, however over 40 ain’t even precisely that outdated.

Secondly, WHAT THE ACTUAL EFF IS SHE TALKING ABOUT?? No one has been complaining the BAFTAs are ageist, they’ve been complaining they’re honoring a fairly particular racial profile fairly completely. Not even the identical factor!

The BAFTAs did later assume higher of the assertion, clarifying Jane was referring to “representation” as a very separate subject from variety. But because it was the reply she gave for the lack of variety, she should assume it’s at the very least a part of the identical dialog? She actually appeared to need a pat on the again for it. And that’s an actual downside. The Oscars needed to truly settle for there was an issue earlier than they may begin to change.

What do YOU consider the shortage of variety on the BAFTAs??

[Image via BAFTAs/YouTube.]

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