London – “Itinerant, “Chloe Zhao’s drama about a middle-aged woman who travels across the United States in search of work in a van, has won this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards, Britain’s Oscar-equivalent for the biggest Nominees in number.
Frances McDormand on Tuesday and the Golden Globe for Best Drama in February, the film won seven nominations for the awards, commonly referred to as BAFTA.
The nominees for Best Film are nearly the same as the titles competing for Best Drama at this year’s Golden Globes. (In college “Bead, “David Fincher’s reappearance of” Citizen Kane “has been replaced by” Mauritanian “.) But in the talent categories for this year’s BAFTA, the nominees are more diverse than the nominees. Golden globe list. Many low-budget, independent films, such as “Rocks”, A British coming-of-age story about a black teenager in London, That seven nominations were received.
This seems to be a recent result Excess of BAFTA voting rules After recent criticism to increase the diversity of candidates. Last year, people of any color were not nominated in BAFTA’s main acting categories, and no women were nominated for Best Director. That lapse There was an uproar on social media And Criticism from the stage at the awards ceremony. “I think we’ve sent a very clear message to people of color that you’re not welcome here,” Joaquin Phoenix said when accepting the Best-Actor Award for his performance in “The Joker”.
BAFTA required all of its 6,700 polling members to undergo unconscious bias training before voting on this year’s nominees, as well as viewing a selection of 15 films to pull the range of titles they saw. Among dozens of other changes to the voting procedures to increase the diversity of candidates, they were first selected from “longlists” prepared by BAFTA, with inputs from expert peaks.
Unlike the male-skewed nomination lists of previous years, the four best-director nominees announced on Tuesday are women; Four of the six nominees in both lead actor categories are people of color.
For example in the Best-Director category, Chloe Zhao is nominated for “Nomadland” and will compete against Lee Isaac Chung.Tower“; Sarah Gevron for “Rock”; To Shannon Murphy “Babyteth“; “Q Vadis, Idea?“Return of a genocide in the Bosnian war of 1990; and Thomas Winterberg for” another round ” A dark comedy about the Danish approach to alcohol.
In the Best-Actress category, “Nomadland” star Frances MacDormand will compete for her role against Radha BlancForty years old version, “Horror film” His House, “and Goat goatThe teen star of “Rocks”. That list includes lesser-known star names than in previous years: Rosamond Pike and Andre Day, who won the lead actress award at this year’s Golden Globes, are missing.
BAFTA deputy chair Pippa Harris said in a video interview that the most significant change in the size of this year’s nominations was that voters watch more movies than usual, rather than watching them with the most enthusiasm from other awards or marketing campaigns . . “Time and again, people have emailed, written in, phoned to say that there is a massive gap, and they saw movies they would never normally come to, and they got that job. Found what they absolutely loved, ”she said.
In a single interview, Mark Samuelson, chairman of the BAFTA’s film committee, said that film awards usually dominated five or six highly-touted films. “If we’re interrupting it a little bit, that’s a good thing,” he said.
He said that some 258 films were nominated for this year’s awards, and were viewed 150,000 times on a portal created specifically for voters.
This year’s winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 11 April. Samuelson would not explain how the event would take place, but he said it would be in line with Britain’s Coronavirus regulations. Have indoor events Not allowed in England as early as 17 May.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is scheduled for next Monday to announce nominations for this year’s Oscars.