Analysis of BAFTA Film Awards by Ethnicity & Gender

The analysis looked at the ethnicity and gender of nominees and winners in eleven BAFTA award categories:

  • Best Leading Actor
  • Best Leading Actress
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Rising Star
  • Best Director
  • Best Film
  • Outstanding British Film
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Fellowship

The award categories themselves were introduced at different times and have changed over the years. The analysis for several awards dates back to1969. The Rising Star award analysis dates back to 2006 when it was first introduced. Appendix 1 shows the years included for each award category.

Key points

White men dominate the nominations and winners.

Overall, for all of the categories, white people make up 94% of nominees. Men comprise three out of four (73%) nominee in all of the categories. Women are less-well represented in any of the non-acting categories e.g. director, screenplay writer, producer.

When black men and women are nominated it is more likely to be for the acting awards.

When East Asian and Latino/Hispanic individuals are nominated it is more likely to be for the non-acting awards e.g. best adapted screenplay, best original screenplay, best director.

The award with the greatest diversity of award nominees is the Rising Star award. Here, BATFA is responsible for the nominations and the public votes determine the winner. Of the nine out eleven categories that BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) women could win awards, they have only won in one: Best Supporting Actress. BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) women have not won awards in any other category.

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