'Joker' Leads Overwhelmingly White, Male Group Of 2020 BAFTA Nominations

The joke might be on the BAFTA Film Awards this year, whose nominees in the major categories were overwhelmingly white and male. Leading the pack is Joker, which scored 11 nominations, closely followed by The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with 10 each, and 1917 trailing closely behind with nine. The BAFTA 2020 nominations were announced just this morning but already the British Academy is facing backlash for the lack of diversity in the main acting categories as well as the absence of female filmmakers on the director's shortlist.

Joker received the most nominations of any film at the BAFTA Film Awards, which will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 2, 2020. It is followed by The Irishman, with director Martin Scorsese scoring his 14th BAFTA nomination, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with Quentin Tarantino earning his 11th BAFTA nod. The one Brit of the group, Sam Mendes, came up closely behind with his war drama 1917. But despite big British wins at the Golden Globes this Sunday, the BAFTA Awards are looking more like a predictor for the 2020 Academy Awards. Which may not bode well for the Oscars' ongoing diversity problem.

But BAFTA has its own diversity headache to deal with, after this year's main acting categories failed to nominate a single person of color, and the best director's category didn't include one female filmmaker, despite the wealth of options like Greta Gerwig for Little Women, Lulu Wang for The Farewell, and Marielle Heller for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

Similarly, frontrunners of color in U.S. awards didn't even get a nod in the acting categories, like Jennifer Lopez as best supporting actress for Hustlers or Awkwafina for lead actress in The Farewell. Instead, BAFTA nominated several actresses twice across the two categories, such as Margot Robbie, who got two best supporting actress nods for Bombshell and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Scarlett Johansson, who is represented in both the best actress category (Marriage Story) and best supporting actress category (Jojo Rabbit).

"Infuriating lack of diversity in the acting noms," Marc Samuelson, chair of BAFTA's film committee, told Variety. "It's just a frustration that the industry is not moving as fast as certainly the whole BAFTA team would like it to be."

See the full list of 2020 BAFTA nominees below.

Best Film1917

The Irishman


Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood


Leading Actress

Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose

Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan, Little Women

Charlize Theron, Bombshell

Renée 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

Outstanding British Film|1917BaitFor SamaRocketmanSorry We Missed YouThe Two PopesOutstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or ProducerBait, Mark Jenkin (Writer/Director), Kate Byers, Linn Waite (Producers)For Sama, Waad Al-Kateab (Director/Producer), Edward Watts (Director)Maiden, Alex Holmes (Director)Only You, Harry Wootliff (Writer/Director)Retablo, Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio (Writer/Director)*Film Not In The English LanguageThe Farewell

For Sama

Pain And Glory


Portrait Of A Lady On Fire

DocumentaryAmerican Factory

Apollo 11

Diego Maradona

For Sama

The Great Hack

Animated FilmFrozen 2


A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Toy Story 4

Director1917, Sam Mendes

The Irishman, Martin Scorsese

Joker, Todd Phillips

Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino

Parasite, Bong Joon Ho

Original ScreenplayBooksmart, Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie SilbermanKnives Out, Rian JohnsonMarriage Story, Noah BaumbachOnce Upon A Time... In Hollywood, Quentin TarantinoParasite, Han Jin Won, Bong Joon-Ho,Adapted ScreenplayThe Irishman, Steven ZaillianJojo Rabbit, Taika WaititiJoker, Todd Phillips, Scott SilverLittle Women, Greta GerwigThe Two Popes, Anthony MccartenOriginal Score1917, Thomas NewmanJojo Rabbit, Michael GiacchinoJoker, Hildur Gu?nadóttirLittle Women, Alexandre DesplatStar Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, John WilliamsCastingJoker, Shayna MarkowitzMarriage Story, Douglas Aibel, Francine MaislerOnce Upon A Time... In Hollywood, Victoria ThomasThe Personal History Of David Copperfield, Sarah CroweThe Two Popes, Nina GoldCinematography1917, Roger DeakinsThe Irishman, Rodrigo PrietoJoker, Lawrence SherLe Mans '66, Phedon PapamichaelThe Lighthouse, Jarin BlaschkeEditingThe Irishman, Thelma SchoonmakerJojo Rabbit, Tom EaglesJoker, Jeff GrothLe Mans '66, Andrew Buckland, Michael MccuskerOnce Upon A Time... In Hollywood, Fred RaskinProduction Design1917, Dennis Gassner, Lee SandalesThe Irishman, Bob Shaw, Regina GravesJojo Rabbit, Ra Vincent, Nora SopkováJoker, Mark Friedberg, Kris MoranOnce Upon A Time... In Hollywood, Barbara Ling, Nancy HaighCostume DesignThe Irishman, Christopher Peterson, Sandy PowellJojo Rabbit, Mayes C. RubeoJudy, Jany TemimeLittle Women, Jacqueline DurranOnce Upon A Time... In Hollywood, Arianne PhillipsMake-Up & Hair1917, Naomi DonneBombshell, Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne MorganJoker, Kay Georgiou, Nicki LedermannJudy, Jeremy WoodheadRocketman, Lizzie Yianni GeorgiouSound1917, Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor, Stuart WilsonJoker, Tod Maitland, Alan Robert Murray, Tom Ozanich, Dean ZupancicLe Mans '66, David Giammarco, Paul Massey, Steven A. Morrow, Donald SylvesterRocketman, Matthew Collinge, John Hayes, Mike Prestwood Smith, Danny SheehanStar Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson, Matthew WoodSpecial Visual Effects1917, Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, Dominic TuohyAvengers: Endgame, Dan Deleeuw, Dan SudickThe Irishman, Leandro Estebecorena, Stephane Grabli, Pablo HelmanThe Lion King, Andrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Elliot Newman, Adam ValdezStar Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan, Dominic TuohyBritish Short AnimationGrandad Was A Romantic, Maryam MohajerIn Her Boots, Kathrin SteinbacherThe Magic Boat, Naaman Azhari, Lilia LaurelBritish Short FilmAzaar, Myriam Raja, Nathanael BaringGoldfish, Hector Dockrill, Harri Kamalanathan, Benedict Turnbull, Laura DockrillKamali, Sasha Rainbow, Rosalind CroadLearning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You're A Girl), Carol Dysinger, Elena AndreichevaThe Trap, Lena Headey, Anthony FitzgeraldRising Star Award


Jack Lowden

Kaitlyn Dever

Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Micheal Ward