In pictures: Bafta 2020 nominations revealed

Joker leads the way with 11 nominations but lack of diversity draws criticism

Bafta has revealed the nominees for its 2020 film awards and immediately sparked a diversity controversy.

Gloomy superhero flick Joker leads the way in nominations with 11, followed closely by Martin Scorsese’s mob epic The Irishman and Quentin Tarantino’s controversial Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, both with ten nominations each.

But Bafta (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) has been on the receiving end of a fierce backlash since revealing the nominations, which featured a striking lack of diversity among the nominees. Every potential winner in all of the acting categories is white.

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The Daily Mail reports that “#BAFTAsSoWhite” is trending on Twitter, while even Bafta boss Amanda Berry admitted she was “very disappointed” at the lack of diversity, according to the BBC.

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“This isn’t being disrespectful to anybody who has been nominated because it’s an incredibly strong list this year,” she said.

Some believe that Bafta’s decision to snub women of colour from acting categories was particularly unfair given that both Scarlett Johansson and Margot Robbie are up for two acting awards each.

Berry also noted that no female directors have been nominated for the seventh year in a row.

“If you look at the director category, where I hoped we would see at least one female director, that is an incredibly strong list when you have people like Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino and Sam Mendes, who have got multiple nominations in the past,” she said.

Here are the nominees in the major categories:

Best film

  • 1917
  • The Irishman
  • Joker
  • Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
  • Parasite

Outstanding British film

  • 1917
  • Bait
  • For Sama
  • Rocketman
  • Sorry We Missed You
  • The Two Popes

Leading actress

  • Jessie Buckley - Wild Rose
  • Scarlett Johansson - Marriage Story
  • Saoirse Ronan - Little Women
  • Charlize Theron - Bombshell
  • Renee Zellweger - Judy

Leading actor

  • Leonardo DiCaprio - Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
  • Adam Driver - Marriage Story
  • Taron Egerton - Rocketman
  • Joaquin Phoenix - Joker
  • Jonathan Pryce - The Two Popes

Supporting actress

  • Laura Dern - Marriage Story
  • Scarlett Johansson - Jojo Rabbit
  • Florence Pugh - Little Women
  • Margot Robbie - Bombshell
  • Margot Robbie - Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood

Supporting actor

  • Tom Hanks - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • Anthony Hopkins - The Two Popes
  • Al Pacino - The Irishman
  • Joe Pesci - The Irishman
  • Brad Pitt - Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood

Best director

  • Sam Mendes - 1917
  • Martin Scorsese - The Irishman
  • Todd Phillips - Joker
  • Quentin Tarantino - Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood
  • Bong Joon-ho - Parasite

Film not in the English language

  • The Farewell
  • For Sama
  • Pain and Glory
  • Parasite
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire


  • American Factory
  • Apollo 11
  • Diego Maradona
  • For Sama
  • The Great Hack

Animated film

  • Frozen 2
  • Klaus
  • A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
  • Toy Story 4

Original screenplay

  • Booksmart - Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman
  • Knives Out - Rian Johnson
  • Marriage Story - Noah Baumbach
  • Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood - Quentin Tarantino
  • Parasite - Han Jin Won, Bong Joon-ho

Adapted screenplay

  • The Irishman - Steven Zaillian
  • Jojo Rabbit - Taika Waititi
  • Joker - Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
  • Little Women - Greta Gerwig
  • The Two Popes - Anthony McCarten

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