What to expect from the 2020 Baftas
Award season is upon us once again. After the uproar from the 2020 Golden Globes, we’re expecting even more standout moments on home soil as we celebrate the 73rd British Academy of Film and Television Arts ceremony.
2019 was a particular pivotal year as women took centre stage – notably, Olivia Colman for her outstanding portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite, and Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born. The 2020 ceremony, however, has been plagued by criticism for its lack of diversity.
Is it time for a voting change?
We can certainly expect some negative headlines in 2020 as viewers comment on the lack of representation. While Spike Lee won his first Bafta in 2019, coupled with Black Panther’s Special Visual Effects gong, this year’s event seems to have taken a step back.
For the seventh year in a row, no women have been nominated in the Best Director category. Equally, there are no non-white actors in the main actor categories. Potential candidates voiced their concerns, like Cynthia Erivo, star of Harriet, a biopic and exploration into the black slave movement.
In response, Director of the Association of Independent Producers Marc Samuelson said: “A review will be carried out within and outside the membership. Everyone who has a view will be heard.” He also assured viewers that the changes will be implemented in time for 2021.
Red carpet controversy
Beyond the drama of the diversity debate, the red carpet promises to deliver too. Joker star Joaquin Phoenix has vowed to wear the same suit to every awards ceremony this year to reduce waste. Of course, it’s a Stella McCartney, so it’s unlikely to go out of style.
Margot Robbie will be returning this year with two nominations, but last year’s dress is a hard act to follow. She arrived in a head-turning Chanel number fresh from the catwalk. Perhaps she’ll follow in Joaquin’s footsteps and re-tailor the look.
We’re also expecting to see Kate and Wills on the red carpet, following the recent headline-grabbing royal fallout. Will their fashion as a pair reflect their mood? Watch this space.