This year’s Bafta Film Awards missed out on a little more than the major milestones when it comes to diversity and representation.
– The wait continues for a best actress who is not white
Of the “big four” acting categories at the Bafta Film Awards, only one has never been won for a non-white actor: best actress.
There are six nominees in this year’s category. Five are white and one is not: Tessa Thompson, for the movie Passing. The award went to Joanna Scanlan for her performance in After Love. Thus, the wait continues for the winner of the best actress award in history from an ethnic minority.
– Best Female Director ever won the third prize
Jane Campion was named best director for the intense western drama The Power Of The Dog, becoming the third woman to receive the award.
Her success also brought her first consecutive win in the women’s category, coming a year after Chloe Zhao’s win for Nomadland. The first woman to win the Bafta Award for Best Director was Kathryn Bigelow in 2010, for the film The Hurt Locker.
– Filming is still a men-only area
Ari Wegner this year became the first woman in Baftas history to be nominated for Best Cinematography, for The Power Of The Dog. But despite being rated as one of the frontrunners, she lost to fellow Australian Greig Fraser, who shot the sci-fi epic Dune.
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That means the list of film Bafta winners remains a men-only section. Wegner has another chance to make history at the Academy Awards later this month, where she could become the first woman to win an Oscar for best cinematography.
– Two of the ‘four adults’ went to non-white performers
Will Smith won Best Actor for King Richard, while Ariana DeBose was named best supporting actress for West Side Story.
This is the first time in 15 years that these two special awards have been presented to non-white performers at the same Bafta ceremony. The most recent was in 2007, when Forest Whitaker won best actor for The Last King Of Scotland and Jennifer Hudson won best supporting actress for Dreamgirls.
There hasn’t been a Bafta ceremony where more than two of the four major acting awards have gone to non-white actors.
– Small space for non-US and non-British winners
Actors of Norwegian, Irish, Australian and Ethiopian descent were all nominated for the award at this year’s Baftas, but the title ultimately went to the American and British talent.
The awards for best documentary, animated feature and screenplay also go to Americans, although nominees in these categories include representatives from countries such as Canada, Denmark, Japan and New Zealand.
However, the judges looked further for other awards: best original score went to German composer Hans Zimmer for Dune, while best production design went to the team. Canada and Hungary, also for Dune.
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