Tuesday morning, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts reported its candidates for the 70th annual BAFTA Awards. The gathering best known for offering what might as well be called the “British Oscars” included among its 20 acting candidates Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris, Lion’s Dev Patel and, Fences’ Viola Davis, all in supporting classes. But then, subsequent to assessing the association’s full rundown of candidates, it’s difficult to contend that it doesn’t have some kind of a race-related issue.
That is on the grounds that two top-level Oscar contenders who happen to be born in America and ethnic minorities weren’t even nominated in roles that they could win at the Oscars: Barry Jenkins in Moonlight for the best director category; and Fences’ Denzel Washington for best actor. A six Oscar nominations and two wins, Washington, incredibly has never been selected for a BAFTA nomination. This is a horrendous revelation and BAFTA concurs. Toward the start of 2016, they began investigating better approaches to deal with diversity. It is obvious that it remains an issue.
The news was far superior for La La Land, which, two days in the wake of leaving a mark on the world at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe Awards, handled a field-driving 11 nominations with another gathering of non-American voters. Yet, this was essentially anticipated. What was less guaranteed was the huge turnout by other films, Arrival and Nocturnal Animals, both Amy Adams vehicles that sacked nine nominations each. Best film is nominating Arrival; as it was at the Globes. Nocturnal wasn’t nominated for best film, but rather it landed selections for best adapted screenplay and best director. In addition, Aaron Taylor-Johnson is nominated for best supporting actor (which he won in the Golden Globes), and Jake Gyllenhaal is nominated for best actor, probably taking the nomination that could have gone to Washington.