BAFTA 2020 nominations revealed: Joker leads amid diversity criticism

BAFTA 2020 nominations revealed: Joker leads amid diversity criticism

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For any copyright, please send me a message.  The BAFTA nominations for 2020 have been revealed, with Joker leading the way with 11 nods in total – but the shortlists have once again attracted criticism over diversity. Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman follow closely behind Joker with 10 each, with Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood’s stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie all recognised in the acting categories, and the movie also up for best film and best director.  The Irishman is also nominated for best film and best director, with Al Pacino and Joe Pesci both in the running for best supporting actor. However, as with the Golden Globes, star Robert De Niro is a notable omission in the best actor category.  And this year’s nods have again led to awards ceremony criticism over lack of diversity; all the nominated actors are white – leading to the #BaftasSoWhite hashtag appearing on Twitter – and there are no women filmmakers shortlisted for best director or best film. BAFTA faced similar criticism in 2017, and last year pledged to do more to achieve “seismic” changes.  BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry said it was “disappointing” and that the organisation is “not going to stop pushing”, while Marc Samuelson, chair of the charity’s film committee, said it was “infuriating” but pointed out that female nominations are “rising every year”.  Batman spin-off and origin story Joker’s nods include best film, best actor for star Joaquin Phoenix and best director for Todd Phillips.  Making up the best film shortlist are war epic 1917 and South Korean black comedy Parasite, with critically acclaimed Netflix divorce drama Marriage Story left out. However, the film did score nominations for its stars, Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver. In the leading actress category, Johansson is up against Jessie Buckley for Wild Rose, Saoirse Ronan for Little Women, Charlize Theron for Bombshell and Golden Globe winner Renee Zellweger for Judy.  In the supporting actress category, Robbie scored two nominations – with one for her role in #MeToo drama Bombshell as well as Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood. As well as herself, she will be up against Laura Dern (Marriage Story), Florence Pugh (Little Women) and Johansson, who also earns her second BAFTA 2020 nod for her performance in Nazi satire Jojo Rabbit. Following his Golden Globe win, there is a nomination for British star Taron Egerton for his performance as Sir Elton John in Rocketman. As well as DiCaprio and Phoenix, he will be up against Driver (Marriage Story) and Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes).  Alongside Pacino, Pesci and Pitt, the supporting actor nominees are Tom Hanks for A Beautiful Day In The Neighb

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