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Baftas: Joaquin Phoenix blasts ‘systemic racism’ in film industry

Actor Joaquin Phoenix has called out “systemic racism” in the film industry in a searing awards acceptance speech in London. As he won the Leading Actor award on Sunday for his role in Joker at the Bafta Film Awards 2020, the 45-year-old won a round of applause at the Royal Albert Hall from an audience which included members of…

Baftas: Joaquin Phoenix blasts ‘systemic racism’ in film industry

Actor Joaquin Phoenix has called out “systemic racism” in the film industry in a searing awards acceptance speech in London.
As he won the Leading Actor award on Sunday for his role in Joker at the Bafta Film Awards 2020, the 45-year-old won a round of applause at the Royal Albert Hall from an audience which included members of the British royal family. 
The event was already heavily criticised for lacking diversity in the nominations.
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As he accepted the award, in which all five nominees were white, Phoenix said he felt honoured.
“But I also feel conflicted,” he said, sending the hall into a stunned silence. “So many of my fellow actors that are deserving don’t have that same privilege
“I think we are sending a very clear message to people of colour that you’re not welcome here. That’s the message we are sending to people who have contributed so much to our medium and our industry in ways that we have benefitted from.
“I dont think anybody wants a handout or preferential treatment, although that’s what we give ourselves every year.”
All 20 nominees in the BAFTA awards’ acting categories were white.
“I think people just want to be acknowledged, appreciated and respected for their work,” said Phoenix.

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