BAFTAs 2020: Joaquin Phoenix wins Best Actor, calls industry systemic racism in acceptance speech
Joaquin Phoenix on Sunday he approached the glory of the Oscars when he picked up the Best Actor trophy at the BAFTA 2020 for his melancholic performance as the troubled man who would become Batman's arch nemesis in the comic book story ‘ jester ’.
Although the main contender of the night with 11 nominations, including best film and best director for Todd Phillips , the film won in three categories: Best Actor, Best Film Music and Best Casting.
During his acceptance speech, Joaquín shouted systemic racism of the industry in the awards ceremony.
Phoenix, who beat Leonardo Dicaprio (Once upon a time ... in Hollywood), Adam Driver (Marriage history), Taron Egerton (‘Rocketman’) and Jonathan Pryce (‘The Two Popes’) for his titular performance in ‘ jester ’, accused the industry of sending out "a clear message to people of colour that you are not welcome here".
Both the British Academy of Film and Television and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were heavily criticized for the lack of representation and diversity after nominations were announced.
The categories of action had excluded people of color, while no director was recognized in the management segment.
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I don't think anyone wants a brochure or preferential treatment, although that's what we give each year. I think people just want to be recognized, appreciated and respected for their work. This is not a fair condemnation because I'm embarrassed to say that I am part of the problem, Phoenix said on the stage of the Royal Albert Hall.
"I have not done everything in my power to ensure that the sets I work on are inclusive, but I think it's more than just having sets that are multicultural. We have to do the hard work to truly understand systemic racism . I think it is the obligation of the people that have created and perpetuate and benefit from a system of oppression to be the ones that dismantle it. So that's on us," he concluded.
The BAFTA victory is often a good predictor who will win awards at the Hollywood Academy Awards, which will be held on February 9.