The British Oscars Face Backlash for Lack of Diversity Among Winners

Authored by Rajan Laad via

Recently, the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards received praise because their nominees fulfilled the diversity criteria. The BBC reported that performers belonging to ethnic minorities were almost 40% of acting nominees.

40% of this year’s nominees were from ethnic minority groups, which earned the BAFTA copious bouquets. But the bouquets turned to brickbats when none of these ethnic minority nominees won any awards which prove the limitations of the awards. When people of ethnic minorities win, they are often lauded not for their performance but for being the first from that demographic group to win the award. This is an insult because human endeavours and efforts are overlooked.

Similar claims are also being made on the other side of the Atlantic as well. Weeks ago, the writer and director for the film Till, Chinonye Chukwu, accused Hollywood of racism and sexism when her film failed to earn nominations.


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