Baftas: Joaquin Phoenix ‘ashamed’ by all-white acting nominations as he attacks ‘systemic racism’

Baftas: Joaquin Phoenix ‘ashamed’ by all-white acting nominations as he attacks ‘systemic racism’

Joaquin Phoenix used his acceptance speech at this year’s Baftas to highlight the damning lack of diversity during this year’s awards season.

While he stated he was grateful for the Best Actor award, the Joker star added: “I also feel conflicted – we send a very clear message to people of colour that ‘you’re not welcome here.”

“I don’t think anybody wants a handout or preferential treatment,” he continued. “People just want to be acknowledged and appreciated and respected for their work.

“I’m ashamed to say that I’m part of the problem, because I’ve not ensured that the sets I’ve worked on are inclusive.”

“We really have to do the hard work to truly understand systemic racism. I think that it is the obligation of the people who have created and perpetuated and benefited from a system of oppression to dismantle it… so that’s on us.”