AceShowbiz - Carey Mulligan and Amma Asante are among the stars and filmmakers who have launched a social media campaign to recognise women and people of colour overlooked at this year's BAFTA Film Awards.
Bosses at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts came under fire after the nominations were announced earlier this month, as no actors of colour were nominated for main prizes, and the Best Director shortlist was all male.
Ahead of Sunday's (February 02) ceremony, Carey, Amma and others have teamed up with equality organisation Time's Up UK to call on fans to celebrate those who they feel wrongly missed out - and would have bagged a nomination on a more diverse shortlist.
Nominating her choice for the Best Director gong, Carey said in a press release, "I would give a BAFTA nomination to Lorene Scafaria for Hustlers," while Belle director Amma complained that the Lena Waithe penned thriller "Queen & Slim", missed out.
"My pick for Best Actress in a Leading Role for this year's BAFTA Film Awards is Jodie Turner-Smith in 'Queen & Slim'," she added.
Similarly Gemma Arterton believed Olivia Wilde's directorial debut "Booksmart" was overlooked, saying, "I loved Booksmart and can't believe it didn't get any nods, especially for the acting and first-time director. Same goes for 'The Nightingale' and 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire'."
Akua Gyamfi, founder of The British Blacklist entertainment platform also listed a host of actors of colour who she felt deserved recognition, including Lupita Nyong'o, Cynthia Erivo, Daniel Kaluuya, and Damson Idris.
Explaining the rationale behind the intervention, Time's Up UK Chair Heather Rabbatts said: "Time's Up wants to ensure we do not let these awards pass by without us raising the profile of those whose endeavours and performances have not made it to the nominations. So, we are running a social media campaign which will highlight those who are absent and who we also want to see recognised."