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BAFTA Movies with no element of diversity not eligible for award - British Academy

Only films which meet the newly introduced parameters of BAFTA will be eligible for an award.

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John Boyega play

John Boyega


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has disclosed that as from the year 2019, films lacking diversity won't be eligible for an award.

The information was recently announced by the organisation which stated that those who "do not demonstrate inclusivity in their production practices will no longer be eligible for the Outstanding British Film or Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer awards at the annual BAFTAs".

BAFTAS TV 2016 play

Lenny Henry received the special award at the 2016 BAFTAS TV Awards



According to Slate News, eligible projects must fall under any of the following parameters:

"On-screen characters and themes, senior roles and crew, industry training and career progression, and audience access and appeal to underrepresented audiences."

This is not the first time the academy has made efforts to improve equal representation within the films industry.

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Many will agree with the strict rule recently introduced following the backlash that followed the 2016 Oscars which brought up the #OscarsSoWhite campaign.

John Boyega and Leonardo DiCaprio at the 2016 BAFTAS play

John Boyega and Leonardo DiCaprio at the 2016 BAFTAS



It has been received that most films being produced does not have a good representation of black actors in the various award categories.

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