From our Swindon Correspondent:
The Duke of Cambridge is understood to have privately expressed his concerns to the chief executive of Bafta about the lack of diversity in this year’s awards shortlist.
Prince William, the president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts since 2010, will attend the awards ceremony tonight in central London, alongside Hollywood stars from Brad Pitt to Scarlett Johansson.
He is expected to use his speech to criticise the lack of black, Asian and minority ethnic actors in the leading four acting categories. No women were shortlisted for the best director award.
Well, the problem here is precisely that they’re minorities. That means that when you’ve got 20 places, and 12% of the US population is black, 2.4 of the candidates should be black. But that’s never going to be a consistent 2 or 3 average. Some years your’re going to get a lot less. As long as you also get years with more than that too, you’re doing fine. In 2015 and 2016, 40% of the nominees for best actor were ethnic minorities.
And last year was quite a bad film for critically acclaimed films with black actors. In previous years, you had films like Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Get Out.
So, the question is who the Duke thinks should have been nominated?