BAFTA nominations remain male, white

After a groundbreaking Golden Globes ceremony that centered on the #MeToo, #TimesUp and #WhyIWearBlack movements, the 71st British Academy Film Awards nominations remain predominantly male, predominantly white. In the Best Director category, every nominee was a white male. For Best Film and Best British Film, every director was a white male. 

Vanessa Taylor is the sole woman nominated in the Best Film category as a co-writer for The Shape of Water, for which Guillermo del Toro was just awarded a Golden Globe for Best Director. Taylor is also represented in the Best Original Screenplay category alongside Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird (which also took home a Golden Globe for Best Film: Comedy or Musical).

No women were nominated for: Best Director, Cinematography, Editing, Music, Screenplay, Visual Effects and/or Sound. At Sunday’s Globes ceremony, sole Best Director winner Barbra Streisand addressed the glaring lack of women awarded for their directing efforts, “I’m the only woman to get the best director award [at the Golden Globes]. You know that was 1984 ― that was 34 years ago,” she said, “Folks, time’s up!” BAFTA voters didn’t seem to think so.

© Brigid K. Presecky (1/9/18) FF2 Media

Top Photo: The Shape of Water

Bottom Photo: Barbra Streisand at the 75th Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday, January 7, 2018

Photo credits: Fox Searchlight & Golden Globes

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Brigid K. Presecky
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Brigid Presecky began her career in journalism at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. In 2008, she joined FF2 Media as a part-time film critic and multimedia editor. Receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Bradley University, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked in development, production and publicity for Berlanti Productions, Entertainment Tonight and Warner Bros. Studios, respectively. Returning to her journalistic roots in Chicago, she is now a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and certified Rotten Tomatoes Film Critic.
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