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The British Academy Film Awards were held on Sunday night and viewers have begun to express their frustration at the lack of diverse winners.

Many people voiced their disappointment on Twitter. Emma V Byrning pointed out that all four actor awards went to white actors despite “brilliant performances nominated from Michelle Yeoh, Viola Davis, Daniel Deadwyler, Ke Huy Quan, Angela Bassett, Hong Chau and Daryl McCormack.”

“…feels very #BAFTASsowhite,” Bryning wrote.

Daniella Faakor Damptey claimed in a tweet that not a single person of color nominated for the BAFTAs this year won. Her claim has not been verified but the winners were mostly white people.

“Wow, soo much change since 2020. They really said BAFTAs so white 2.0,” Damptey wrote.

In 2020, the BAFTAs and the Oscars were criticized for a lack of diversity among the nominations. According to The New York Times, the BAFTAs have taken steps to increase representation from different groups in its nominations. A total of 1,000 new BAFTA voting members were added this year.

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