The British Academy of Film and Television Artshas amended its membership and its awards voting rules by the glaring lack of diversity in the nominations. The Academy has promised to change after contenders for the 2020 awards were announced last January. It was noted that no women were nominated as best director for the seventh year running, and all 20 nominees in the lead and supporting performer categories were white.
Marc Samuelson, BAFTA film committee chairman said, “We said on the day, ‘We’re going to review everything. People told us about their experiences, and their experiences were bloody awful.”
The new measures will include the recruitment of 1,000 new members from the undr-repsenrgted groups to join the present 6,700 voting academy of film-industry professionals The rules for introducing a new “longlist” round in the voting before the selection of the final nominees has also been changed which requires that the academy members will choose a 15-film longlist that all members must watch before voting for the winner.
“The overwhelming feeling was that quotas were not what people wanted,” Lee said. She said “a wholesale change of culture” in the industry is what’s needed.