Posted on February 4, 2020

BAFTA Awards 2020: Joaquin Phoenix Praised for Calling Out ‘Systemic Racism’

BBC, February 3, 2020

Joaquin Phoenix has received praise for using his Baftas speech to call out “systemic racism” in the film industry.

Phoenix collected the best actor award for Joker on Sunday, and his comments followed an outcry about the all-white acting nominations line-up.

“I think that we send a very clear message to people of colour that you’re not welcome here,” he said.

Actress Viola Davis and director Lulu Wang, who made The Farewell, were among those to applaud him on Twitter.

While no women were nominated for best director for the seventh year in a row, Wang was at the London ceremony after The Farewell was nominated for best film not in the English language.