- Joker nominated for 11 awards
- 1917, The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood all up for 10
- Little Women and Parasite take six nominations
- Cynthia Erivo sole non-white acting nominee
Less than a week since Bafta’s strikingly white and male awards shortlist met with widespread criticism – including from the organisation’s own chief executive – the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences has released a set of nominations whose small concessions to diversity seem striking by contrast.
Cynthia Erivo is nominated for best actress for her role in slave drama Harriet, and Parasite – Boon Jong Ho’s acclaimed South Korean black comedy – is up for six awards, including best director and best picture.
Little Women, Greta Gerwig’s so-far overlooked take on the Louisa May Alcott classic, also scored six nominations, including best picture and best adapted screenplay – but Gerwig was locked out of the all-male best director shortlist.
Such moves are likely to be sufficient to insulate the Academy from the anger which greeted Bafta’s equivalent announcement last Tuesday, where its members snubbed all non-white acting nominees, as well as homegrown talent such as Rapman and Joanna Hogg, and credited Joker – Todd Phillips’s Batman origins story – with the most nods.
Joker is also the nominee to beat at the Oscars this year, where it likewise goes into the race with 11 nominations, including best picture, best director and best actor for Joaquin Phoenix.
Coming in with 10 nominations are Sam Mendes’s first world war drama 1917, Quentin Tarantino’s love letter to 1960’s LA, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Martin Scorsese’s wintry mob epic, The Irishman.
The backlash to the Baftas last week led to such a backlash that the awards body promised a major review of its voting procedures. Speaking to the Guardian, Steve McQueen – a Bafta and Oscar winner for 12 Years a Slave – said the organisation risked cultural redundancy without urgent change.
Both the Baftas and Oscars have undertaken membership shakeups over the past five years in a bid to better reflect the diversity of both films and the wider world.
In 2017, a Bafta survey found that it’s members were 43% female, 18% minority ethnic and had a median age of 44; further intakes would likely have raised those figures further. Last year’s ceremony was the first since a new set of eligibility rules, designed to increase inclusion, were introduced for two key awards.
In 2016 the Oscars announced an intention to double their number of female and minority voters by 2020; a goal which appears to have been achieved by enormous drafts of fresh members, including 842 new faces in 2019 – and, more controversially, taking voting privileges away from “dormant” members.
The nominations in 24 categories were read out by John Cho and Issa Rae in Hollywood, ahead of ceremony on 9 February. For the second year running there will be no host, after last year’s impromptu decision not to replace Kevin Hart led to an 11% boost in the telecast’s ratings – the first rise since 2014.
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