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BAFTAs Won't Consider Films for Awards Unless They Meet Diversity Standards

BAFTAs Won't Consider Films for Awards Unless They Meet Diversity Standards

The BAFTAs - Britain’s big awards show which is often called the Oscars of England – has just made a huge move in the world of diversity.

Beginning in 2019, the BAFTAs will not even consider movies that don’t reach standards in two of these four categories, with regards to underrepresented groups: on-screen representation, themes, and narratives; project leadership and creative practitioners; industry access and opportunities; and opportunities for diversity in audience development.

These four categories apply to those who are in front of the camera, as well as behind-the-scenes employees.

Note that the only awards that these requirements will apply to are Outstanding British Film or Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, and Producer awards.

The BAFTAs is defining underrepresented groups as those with “minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled people, women and LGBT,” according to the website.

This year, the BAFTAs are set to take place on Sunday (February 12

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  • John Dow

    It will only make this award less valuable, important and significant.

  • Legendary Trolly

    You cant give people jobs based on their race. You have to pick people who are talented enough for the position

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  • Dee

    so they are not really changing anything… “opportunities for diversity in audience development”… so they gata get at least 1 black person to watch the film ?

  • Marie Bunny Shepard

    Beware of tokenism. It’s the dark side of racism. “We’ll take this black person in the background. We’ll have our quota. And be eligible to the awards. And it makes us look good in the process. Who ? Anyone, I don’t care.”

  • Dylan

    If only that were true, we wouldn’t be having this discussion about race in the first place.

  • Legendary Trolly

    The discussion about race, is because blacks jump in and make everything a race issue. We are 6% of the US Population, yet we want to be 50% of the people on tv. We dont really think logically. TV has always had enough blacks, in comparison to how many of us are in the US