In interviews following the 2021 BAFTA film nominations on March 9, the British Academy's chief executive Amanda Berry was visibly emotional at the responses to the shortlists. "I think I'm going to cry," she told The Hollywood Reporter.
It was, perhaps, understandable. BAFTA had been through an exceptionally punishing year since its previous film nominations, even without a major industry-crippling pandemic to contend with.
In January 2020, thanks to an all-white presence in the performance categories and female-free list for directors, the institution was at the center of yet another diversity controversy, the #BAFTAsSoWhite hashtag making an unwelcome reappearance as all corners of the film world weighed in.Read more on hollywoodreporter.com