Diversity at the BAFTAs

by Deanna Maria R. & Emmy Hikins

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, better known as BAFTA, held their 2020 award ceremony. With the president of BAFTA, who happens to be royalty, The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William at the helm, with a message to those present as well as watching on television, “We found ourselves talking again about the need to do more to ensure diversity in the sector”. Others chimed in with similar messages. Joaquin Phoenix, winning the leading actor award, states, “People just want to be acknowledged and appreciated and respected for their work”.

Other winners of the night included EE Rising Star recipient Michael Ward, whose mother should’ve won a BAFTA award for ‘Best Supporting Mum’. Raising her hand in praise with tears streaming down her face, her and her son celebrate his victory for all the hard work put in to get the award. Another winner, sweeping the night was for Best Film and Director, the film “1917”, taking home seven awards.

Unfortunately, Brad Pitt couldn’t be there to receive his award, but Margot Robbie stepped in with a message from Brad to Britain, “Hey Britain, heard you just became single, welcome to the club, wishing you the best with the divorce settlement”. And, at the closing of the video, a little comic relief with Rebel Wilson who took home the Funniest Presenter award and told us a bit about her dress.  All in all, it looked to be a successful event. Until next year BAFTA.