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Bafta film awards 2020: Joker leads nominations amid diversity row

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Published on January 13, 2020 with No Comments

Joker leads the Bafta film nominations with 11, but there is criticism that the acting nominees are all white. Joker is followed by Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, which have 10 nominations each.
Scarlett Johansson and Margot Robbie are up for two acting awards each.
But no female directors were nominated for the seventh year in a row. Bafta boss Amanda Berry said she was “very disappointed” by the lack of diversity. The leading Bafta nominees 11 – Joker, 10 – The Irishman,10 – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,9 – 1917, 6 – Jojo Rabbit
Joaquin Phoenix will be the favourite for best actor for his role in Joker, which tells the origin story of Batman’s nemesis and has divided some critics and audiences.
It’s 11 years since Heath Ledger won a posthumous Bafta for playing the same character in The Dark Knight. But Phoenix will face competition from Taron Egerton, who played Sir Elton John in Rocketman, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon A Time…, Adam Driver for Marriage Story and Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes.
Margot Robbie is up against herself in the best supporting actress category for roles in Bombshell and Once Upon A Time…
That category also includes Scarlett Johansson for Jojo Rabbit, while she is also up for best actress for her role opposite Driver in Netflix’s divorce drama Marriage Story. The other best actress nominees are Renee Zellweger for playing Judy Garland in Judy, Jessie Buckley for Wild Rose, Charlize Theron for Bombshell, and Saoirse Ronan for Little Women.
But there is no room for Little Women film-maker Greta Gerwig – or any other women – in the best director category.


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