The 2020 BAFTA nominations have been announced with Joker, The Irishman and Once Upon A Hollywood leading the nominations but there is already controversy.

All of the acting categories have been dominated by white actors ignoring the talents of Jennifer Lopez, Lupita Nyong'o and Awkwafina to name but a few.

Meanwhile, the best director category is all-male, ignoring directors such as Greta Gerwing, Joanna Hogg, Lulu Wang and Celine Sciamma who have all been widely praised for the films they have made in the last year.

This has led to the hashtag #BAFTAsowhite trending on Twitter with people suggesting who they feel should have been nominated for the awards instead.

Amongst this was the outrage over the nominations of Scarlett Johansson and Margot Robbie who both received two acting nominations each, with the latter being nominated twice in the Best Supporting Actress category.

With the lack of diversity in the nominations the fact that two actresses are deemed to have given 40 per cent of the best performances of the year, no matter how good they are, has caused a lot of unrest and resentment towards BAFTA's decision.

It's unlikely that anyone means any ill will towards Robbie or Johansson, but the short-sightedness of this is unlikely to dissipate soon and will probably be ramped up even more when the actual awards take place on 2 February.

In response, BAFTA admitted that the lack of diversity in the nominations was "infuriating" and called on industry to change.

HT Sky News

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