The Bafta CEO said the “storytelling and breadth of representation” in the film nominations is testament to the work that has gone into the selection process in recent years.
Taking over the role from Amanda Berry, Jane Millichip noted that about four in 10 (38%) performance candidates were ethnically diverse, the second highest on record.
The 2023 list represents a wide variety of nationalities nominated for actors from Australia, Cuba, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia and the Philippines, as well as the United Kingdom and the United States.
Reflecting on his key takeaways from the nomination list, Millichip told the PA news agency: “This is breadth of storytelling, breadth of representation.
“The range of films nominated is a great balance between commercial and more independent.
“I think what’s really exciting (for us) is the extraordinary debut, there are six women nominated. A truly powerful, outstanding list of British films. That’s why we’re really excited.”
Among the various series is Netflix’s German anti-war epic All Quiet On The Western Front, which continues to lead with 14 votes this year.
Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees Of Inisher, set on a remote island off the coast of Ireland, also received 10 nominations, and Irish stars Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon, and Barry Keoghan were all nominated for acting. categories.
Also nominated for Good Luck to You, Daryl McCormack, which boosted Irish representation to a quarter of its 24 acting nominations, and Leo Grande and Paul Mescal for Aftersun.
Millichip said: “Most of the work going on over the last three years in the changes we’ve made to the awards process, as many films from the voting members as possible, and as many films as possible.
“So now we require every movie voter to watch a minimum number of movies so we can ensure that every movie that enters gets a minimum number of voters.
“And I think that really allows our voting members to watch and rate movies that don’t just reflect their personal preferences.
“So this both has an impact on the diversity of our candidates and ensures that candidates are appropriately represented, be it underrepresented groups, ethnicity, gender.
“But I think you also see a creative diversity here, the necessity or incentive to watch as many movies as possible here, we find that the members who vote are surprised themselves because they’re watching movies that don’t necessarily reflect their normal situation.” taste it.”
The awards ceremony in February this year will be moved to the Royal Festival Hall from its previous location in the Royal Albert Hall, which has hosted the awards ceremony since 2017.
It will also host actor Richard E Grant’s 76th annual film awards show, while TV presenter Alison Hammond will direct the new Bafta Studio, an immersive and all-round experience, at the Royal Featival Hall as part of the BBC One show.
Bafta President Krishnendu Majumdar told PA he is “very excited” for the duo because he thinks Grant will bring “real enthusiasm” to the role and Hammond will help put the talent at ease.
“I think there’s going to be a real sense of positivity and enthusiasm and excitement in the news, I think that’s great because we want to say to the public and people: ‘These movies are great, go and watch them.’ …
“And frankly, as the world is going through a post-pandemic cost of living crisis, I think it’s really important that we bring some of that enthusiasm and energy to the awards.”
The 2023 Bafta ceremony will be held at the Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre, and will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on 19 February.