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Cynthia Erivo Reacts to BAFTAs' All-White Acting Nominees

Cynthia Erivo Reacts to BAFTAs' All-White Acting Nominees

Cynthia Erivo walks the red carpet at the premiere of her new HBO series The Outsider on Thursday night (January 9) at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles.

The 33-year-old actress was joined at the event by co-stars Jason Bateman and his wife Amanda Anka, Julianne Nicholson, Yul Vazquez, Paddy Considine, Sir Brodie, and Derek Cecil.

Cynthia starred in the recent movie Harriet and she received acting nominations from the Golden Globes, the Critics’ Choice Awards, and the SAG Awards… but the BAFTAs snubbed her of a nomination. Not only that, but the BAFTAs only nominated white actors this year.

“It’s disappointing to see that we’ve got to this point in time and we’ve had such wonderful advancement in inclusion and diversity, and the films this year were beautiful, such wonderful stories told, and to not have that represented in an awards show like the BAFTAs is just disappointing really,” Cynthia told Variety in response to the non-diverse nominees.

Cynthia was asked to perform at the BAFTAs, but she declined to perform after seeing the list of nominees.

“The reason I didn’t perform is because I don’t think it’s proper representation, as a woman of color, of people of color in this industry,” she said.

READ MORE: BAFTA Awards 2020 Nominations Released, Lack of Diversity Addressed as ‘Infuriating’

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