Prince William calls on Baftas to ‘do more’ on diversity while presenting final gong of the ceremony – The Sun

BAFTA President Prince William raised his concerns about the lack of diversity at the awards during the final award of the night.

The royal, who has been in the role for a decade, said the bash needed to “do more” on diversity.

The Sun first told of his private fury on Saturday and revealed he would be using his intro to the Fellowship gong to make his mark.

He said: “Both here in the UK and across many counties in the world we are lucky to have incredible film makers, actors, producers, directors and technicians.

“Men and women from all background and ethnicities, enriching our lives through film.

“Yet in 2020 and not for the first time in the last few years we find ourselves talking again about the need to do more to ensure diversity in the sector and in the awards process.

“That simply cannot be right in this day and age.

"I know that both Pippa, chair of Bafta, and Amanda, Bafta CEO, share that frustration and continue to work tirelessly to ensure that creative talent is discovered and supported.”

We told on Saturday how William had expressed his frustration at the lack of Black, Asian and minority ethnic talent in the top four acting categories.

Critics have also slammed Bafta for its all-male Best Director nominees.

William — attending the awards with wife Kate for the fourth year in a row added: “Bafta take this issue seriously and following this year’s nominations, have launched a full and thorough review of the entire awards process to build on their existing work and ensure opportunities are available to everyone.”




Joaquin's 'systemic racism' rap at bosses

JOAQUIN Phoenix took aim at Bafta bosses after bagging the Leading Actor award for Joker.

He criticised the organisation for a lack of diversity in the awards.

In the four main categories, there was no person of colour nominated, which he said was due to “systemic racism”.

He said: “I feel honoured and privileged to be here tonight.

"Baftas have always been supportive of my career and I am deeply appreciative.

“But I have to say I also feel conflicted because so many of my fellow actors that are deserving don’t have the same privilege.

"I think that we send a very clear message to people of colour that you are not welcome here.

“I think that is the message we are sending to people who have contributed so much to our medium and our industry and in ways that we benefit from.”

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