British director Susanna White said it was “disappointing to see so many amazing films by women and people of colour overlooked”, citing Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, Mati Diop’s Atlantics and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
Mulligan, who won a BAFTA in 2010 for An Education and has previously spoken about a lack of diversity in Oscar nominations, said she would give director Lorene Scafaria a BAFTA nod for her film Hustlers.
The absence of black actors came in for particularly strong criticism when the nominations were unveiled earlier this month, with the hashtag #BAFTASsowhite trending on social media.
BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry has expressed disappointment over the absence of black and female actors and directors among this year’s nominees. She said BAFTA was working on a new scheme for women directors.
But the issue extends beyond BAFTA – both the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards have been criticised over a lack of diversity in recent years. Both had all-male shortlists in their directing categories this year.
Also among the films nominated for the alternative BAFTAS were Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Booksmart.
Actors Lupita Nyong’o, Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Lopez and Jamie Foxx were all named for performances.
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