BAFTAs 2015 Round Up

BAFTAs 2015 Round Up

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So, the the BAFTAs finally took place on Sunday! Britain’s premiere awards bash and the penultimate (major) stop on the awards season circuit before the Oscars.

Stephen Fry was as witty and charming as ever as host and generally the presenters banter and winner’s speeches went down pretty well. The awards were pretty evenly handed out but it was Boyhood that came out tops with taking three biggies: Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress. The Grand Budapest Hotel did take more awards, snagging five, but in minor categories.

Oscar voting was in now in its final stages and this was probably the last chance for voters to be influenced by their fellow academies. So at this point it looks very likely that Boyhood will take home top honours and although Birdman had a bad night its performance at the DGA awards keeps up its momentum. Meanwhile The Grand Budapest Hotel seems poised to pick up a few awards in technical categories.

On a sour note it was another bad night for diversity in the media. Based on the nominations everyone knew it was coming, but it still wasn’t nice to see the reality of non-white faces only appearing to hand other people awards. Unlike when the nominations came out there wasn’t much outcry on social networks, no unifying hashtag, but some condemnation came from an unlikely source. England football legend Gary Lineker writing on twitter, ‘If it were football I think someone might just be mentioning the stark lack of diversity’. Like I said earlier there has been outcry but it seems to have already burnt out.

But Lineker is right; we should keep mentioning it and not let it die out. If we just get mad for a week once a year, we have no excuse for being surprised when the nominations are not diverse again. Hopefully one day we won’t need to keep getting mad, but until then we need to keep this discussion going so the British Academy Film and Television Awards actually represent the diverse peoples of Britain.

-Dylan Wiggan


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