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Bafta film awards 2020: Stars due on red carpet after diversity row – BBC News, BBC News

Bafta film awards 2020: Stars due on red carpet after diversity row – BBC News, BBC News
        

                                 Left-right: Scarlett Johansson, Joaquin Phoenix, Margot Robbie and Al Pacino Image copyright                   Getty Images / Reuters                                                        
Image caption                                      Left-right: Scarlett Johansson, Joaquin Phoenix, Margot Robbie and Al Pacino are all expected                              

Stars of Joker, The Irishman and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood are preparing to find out whether they have won Bafta Awards.

This year ceremony takes place in London later, with Joaquin Phoenix, Al Pacino and Margot Robbie among the nominees expected to attend.

Joker leads the pack with 17 nominations, while The Irishman and Once Upon A Time … have (each.

) But World War One epic 2019 is tipped to win the top prize, best film.

Sir Sam Mendes’s gritty drama has nine nominations , and is also the bookmakers’ favorite to be named outstanding British film.

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Image caption                                      Little Women stars Saoirse Ronan (left) and Florence Pugh (right) are nominated, but director Greta Gerwig is not                              

Other nominees expected on the Royal Albert Hall’s red carpet include Brad Pitt, Renee Zellweger, Saoirse Ronan, Charlize Theron, Taron Egerton, Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern and Florence Pugh.

When the nominations were announced almost a month ago, they sparked a row over a lack of diversity.

All 23 acting nominees are white, and no female directors were nominated for the seventh year in a row.

The leading Bafta nominees

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Image caption                                      Joaquin Phoenix is ​​up for best actor for starring in the origin story of Batman’s nemesis                              

– Joker

    – The Irishman

      – Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

        9 –

          6 – Jojo Rabbit

            See the nominations in full

              That meant there was no room for black British star Cynthia Erivo – who went on to be nominated for an Oscar for her role in Harriet, a biopic about slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

              She told Variety

              it was “disappointing” that more diverse Films would not be represented at the Baftas.

              At the time, Bafta boss Amanda Berry said she was “very disappointed” by the lack of diversity, and the organization has pledged to conduct a “careful and detailed review” of its voting system.

              Eyebrows were raised by the fact there was room to give Johansson and Robbie two acting nominations each.

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              Image caption                                      Renee Zellweger is widely expected to win best actress for Judy                              

              Robbie is up against herself in the best supporting actress category for roles in Bombshell and Once. Upon A Time …

              That category also includes Johansson for Jojo Rabbit, and she is also up for best actress for her role opposite Driver in Netflix’s divorce drama Marriage Story.

              However, Zellweger is hot favorite to lift the best actress trophy for playing Judy Garland in Judy. The other nominees are Theron for Bombshell, Ronan for Little Women and Jessie Buckley for Wild Rose.

              Phoenix is ​​the tip to be best actor for playing the title role in Joker. He’s up against Taron Egerton, who played Sir Elton John in Rocketman, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon A Time …, Driver for Marriage Story and Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes.

              Pitt and Dern are the frontrunners in the supporting acting categories, for Once Upon A Time … and Marriage Story respectively.

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              Image caption                                      Sir Sam Mendes has moved from directing James Bond to 1917                              

              While it may not scoop the acting awards, 2019 – inspired by a story told by Sir Sam’s grandfather – could take the greatest slice of glory on the night, especially if Mendes wins best director, as is widely expected, as well as best film and outstanding British film. However, whichever movie wins the top prize, its success might not necessarily bode well for next week’s Oscars. For the past five years, the Bafta best film winner has not gone on to win best picture at the Academy Awards. (The Bafta ceremony will be hosted by Graham Norton for the first time, and will be broadcast on BBC One from : GMT.

              It comes three days after figures were published showing a sharp drop in the number of independent British films that were made last year.

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              Image caption                                      Grinder Piotr Lichon was among the team that made the Bafta mask trophies                              

              The amount spent on domestic film production dropped by % to £ 175 m, according to the BFI. The number of British features with budgets over £ 500, 0 fell from (in to (last year – although the BFI said the latter figure is likely to be revised up to some extent.)

              It also said some British-made films such as 2018 were not counted because they were produced with international finance.

              Bafta winners and nominees in most categories are voted for by 6, (academy members, who are industry professionals and creatives around the world.

              This year has also seen the introduction of a category for best casting director following a campaign last year to recognize that arm of the f ilm industry.

                                                                                                                                     

              The Bafta Awards are on BBC One from : 20 – : GMT, with a special red carpet program on the BBC News Channel and BBC World from : – : (GMT.)

                                                                                                                                     

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