BAFTA has announced a number of major changes to its annual prestigious ceremony, after Prince William spoke out the lack of diversity present.
The famous film awards have responded to claims that it’s a sexist and racist organisation by introducing 120 new changes with the overall aim to be more inclusive.
After much criticism, the new shakeup will give females and BAME stars a much greater opportunity to be crowned winner at the annual film awards.
According to The Sun, the overhaul will include a new long-listing round of voting in all categories to achieve greater diversity in all nominations.
As well as this, training will become compulsory for any individual who wishes to vote that year.
Elsewhere, it will now be compulsory for all voters and juries to watch all longlisted films before the second round of voting.
This is to ensure a that each flick gets enough airtime, and is not chosen due to media hype.
According to the publication, the award for Outstanding British Film will grow from six to ten movies which allows more room for indie and unique films to get a look in.
Speaking of the new changes, Kensington Palace said: “The Duke, as President of BAFTA, welcomes the review as a positive step towards greater diversity in the awards process and across the industry.”
The major shakeup comes after Prince William found fault with the previous running of the film ceremony.
During his speech at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the royal family member spoke about the need for more diversity in the arts – especially the BAFTAs.
“In 2020, and not for the first time in the last few years, we find ourselves talking again about the need to do more to ensure diversity in the sector and in the awards process – that simply cannot be right in this day and age.”
This year’s long-awaited film ceremony will take place in London on April 11, 2021.
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