This year's British Film and Television Award (Bafta) nominations are in and while there's a lot of talent to get excited about, the lack of diversity is nothing short of disappointing.
As you would expect, the big players are all here — 2019's most hyped pictures, The Irishman, Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood, Joker, Parasite, and 1917, are all nominated for Best Film, with the first two bagging 10 nominations each in total. But as the BBC points out, the acting categories are overwhelmingly white and not a single woman has been nominated for Best Director for the seventh year in a row.
Bafta CEO Amanda Berry told the BBC that she was "very disappointed" with the lack of diversity. Talking to Radio 4 Today she agreed it seemed "very white," and said "this isn't being disrespectful to anybody who has been nominated because it's an incredibly strong list this year."
Berry continued, "If you look at the director category, where I hoped we would see at least one female director, that is an incredibly strong list when you have people like Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino and Sam Mendes, who have got multiple nominations in the past."
Marc Samuelson, the chair of Bafta's film committee, put the decision down to an "infuriating" industry-wide issue. "We can't make the industry do something, all we can do is encourage and push and inspire and try to help people coming in at the bottom end."
Those excuses are eye-roll inducing, to be frank, especially given that a record number of movies were directed by women in 2019, such as Little Women (Greta Gerwig), Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria), The Farewell (Lulu Wang), Queen & Slim (Melina Matsoukas), and Booksmart (Olivia Wilde), just to name a few. But who's keeping count, huh?
Find the full list of Bafta nominations below. The ceremony takes place on February 2 and will be hosted by Graham Norton.
1917 The Irishman Joker Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood Parasite
Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story Saoirse Ronan, Little Women Charlize Theron, Bombshell Renée Zellweger, Judy
Leonardo Dicaprio, Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood Adam Driver, Marriage Story Taron Egerton, Rocketman Joaquin Phoenix, Joker Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
Laura Dern, Marriage Story Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit Florence Pugh, Little Women Margot Robbie, Bombshell Margot Robbie, Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes Al Pacino, The Irishman Joe Pesci, The Irishman Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood
Outstanding British Film
1917 Bait For Sama Rocketman Sorry We Missed You The Two Popes
Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer
Bait, Mark Jenkin (Writer/Director), Kate Byers, Linn Waite (Producers) For Sama, Waad Al-Kateab (Director/Producer), Edward Watts (Director) Maiden, Alex Holmes (Director) Only You, Harry Wootliff (Writer/Director) Retablo, Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio (Writer/Director)*
Film Not In The English Language
The Farewell For Sama Pain And Glory Parasite Portrait Of A Lady On Fire
American Factory Apollo 11 Diego Maradona For Sama The Great Hack
Frozen 2 Klaus A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon Toy Story 4
1917, Sam Mendes The Irishman, Martin Scorsese Joker, Todd Phillips Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino Parasite, Bong Joon Ho
Booksmart, Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman Knives Out, Rian Johnson Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino Parasite, Han Jin Won, Bong Joon-Ho,
The Irishman, Steven Zaillian Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi Joker, Todd Phillips, Scott Silver Little Women, Greta Gerwig The Two Popes, Anthony Mccarten
1917, Thomas Newman Jojo Rabbit, Michael Giacchino Joker, Hildur Guđnadóttir Little Women, Alexandre Desplat Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, John Williams
Joker, Shayna Markowitz Marriage Story, Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, Victoria Thomas The Personal History Of David Copperfield, Sarah Crowe The Two Popes, Nina Gold
1917, Roger Deakins The Irishman, Rodrigo Prieto Joker, Lawrence Sher Le Mans ’66, Phedon Papamichael The Lighthouse, Jarin Blaschke
The Irishman, Thelma Schoonmaker Jojo Rabbit, Tom Eagles Joker, Jeff Groth Le Mans ’66, Andrew Buckland, Michael Mccusker Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, Fred Raskin
1917, Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales The Irishman, Bob Shaw, Regina Graves Jojo Rabbit, Ra Vincent, Nora Sopková Joker, Mark Friedberg, Kris Moran Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh
The Irishman, Christopher Peterson, Sandy Powell Jojo Rabbit, Mayes C. Rubeo Judy, Jany Temime Little Women, Jacqueline Durran Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, Arianne Phillips
Make Up & Hair
1917, Naomi Donne Bombshell, Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan Joker, Kay Georgiou, Nicki Ledermann Judy, Jeremy Woodhead Rocketman, Lizzie Yianni Georgiou
1917, Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor, Stuart Wilson Joker, Tod Maitland, Alan Robert Murray, Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic Le Mans ’66, David Giammarco, Paul Massey, Steven A. Morrow, Donald Sylvester Rocketman, Matthew Collinge, John Hayes, Mike Prestwood Smith, Danny Sheehan Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson, Matthew Wood
Special Visual Effects
1917, Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, Dominic Tuohy Avengers: Endgame, Dan Deleeuw, Dan Sudick The Irishman, Leandro Estebecorena, Stephane Grabli, Pablo Helman The Lion King, Andrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Elliot Newman, Adam Valdez Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan, Dominic Tuohy
British Short Animation
Grandad Was A Romantic, Maryam Mohajer In Her Boots, Kathrin Steinbacher The Magic Boat, Naaman Azhari, Lilia Laurel
British Short Film
Azaar, Myriam Raja, Nathanael Baring Goldfish, Hector Dockrill, Harri Kamalanathan, Benedict Turnbull, Laura Dockrill Kamali, Sasha Rainbow, Rosalind Croad Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You’re A Girl), Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva The Trap, Lena Headey, Anthony Fitzgerald
Rising Star Award
Awkwafina Jack Lowden Kaitlyn Dever Kelvin Harrison Jr. Micheal Ward