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Bafta announces changes to film awards to address lack of diversity in 2020’s ceremony

The Baftas have announced a host of changes to next years ceremony (Picture: EMPICS Entertainment)

Bafta has announced a host of changes to its film awards in response to a lack of diversity at this year’s ceremony. 

Organisers will be expanding the nominations for the director, actor and actress categories from five to six as well as expanding the outstanding British film category from six to 10 nominations to showcase more British work. 

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ voting will also see changes, as well as the membership and campaigning processes. 

It comes after 2020’s awards featured no non-white actors in the four main acting categories, as well as an absence of female directors up for the nominations. 

Bafta announced that it would conduct a ‘careful and detailed review’ of its voting system to ensure greater representation in future. 

The resulting review has led to 120 changes including an expansion of the membership to target 1,000 new members from under-represented groups. 

2020’s awards were criticised for a lack of diversity (Picture: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

All voters, chapters and juries will also be required to watch all films on the long-list before voting for the nominees.

Bafta chairman Krish Majumdar told PA: ‘[It’s been an]incredibly humbling, chastening, at times really difficult process to hear hard truths about Bafta, about the processes, but also about the industry.

‘You look at the discrimination that is rife throughout the industry and society. When we started the process, the pandemic and also the huge wave of global anti-racist protests hadn’t started but obviously during the course of this process the world changed, the whole world changed, especially at how we look at race and inequality in society.

‘It was magnified, those fault lines. So I’m really proud to say that Bafta has really stood up and responded to that.’

The television awards will also have changes, to be announced next month (Picture: EMPICS Entertainment)

He added: ‘We started off as looking at the film awards but very quickly we realised everything was inter-connected.

‘If we give an award to someone, we give that performance or film or piece of content value, so if we ignore people from sections of society, whether that be people of colour, whether that be females, whether that be disabled filmmakers, that means we don’t value them and we realised there was something fundamentally that needed to change to remove those barriers to diversity.

‘It’s so complex, there are so many different issues and that is why we have attacked so many different things, it’s not one thing, they are all inter-connected.’

Changes to the Bafta television awards will also be announced on October, as well as separate games and children’s awards reviews being conducted later in the year.

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