Newswire: BAFTA takes bold steps to support diverse filmmaking

Hollywood may still be largely in denial about its diversity problem, pointing to the success of black actors like Anthony Hopkins and Asian-Americans like Tilda Swinton and Emma Stone while making only minor changes to the MPAA’s nominating process after last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy.

But Slate reports that the British Academy of Film and Television Arts is taking a stronger stance towards diversity, as starting in 2019, it will no longer award Outstanding British Film or Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer to “works that do not demonstrate inclusivity in their production practices.” While these two awards are not as high-profile as Best Picture or Best Actress, they have one thing in common: they’re specific to British-made films. Presumably, the hope is that while the British Academy might not be able to affect Hollywood, they can influence their own country’s film industry in …

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