Among those shut out of the leading actress category were Lupita Nyong’o, who impressed critics with her macabre turn in Jordan Peele’s Us; Cynthia Erivo, whose portrayal of famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman in Harriet earned her a Golden Globe nod; and – perhaps most glaringly – Awkwafina, who won a statuette Sunday for her dramatic breakout in Lulu Wang’s The Farewell. (The Queens native is up for the EE Rising Star Award, which is chosen by viewer votes.)

Jennifer Lopez, meanwhile, failed to get a nomination in the supporting actress category despite already earning a Golden Globe nomination (and Oscar buzz) for her acclaimed performance in Hustlers. The supporting actress category includes two nods for Margot Robbie (who starred in both Bombshell and Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood). Scarlett Johansson also received two nominations: a leading actress nod for Marriage Story, and a supporting actress nod for Jojo Rabbit.

Margot Robbie earned two nominations.

Margot Robbie earned two nominations.Credit:Invision

April Reign, the activist who created the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, was among the critics who noted that several actors of colour appeared prominently in promotional images for the nominations despite the lack of diversity among the actual honourees. “Don’t use people of colour as window dressing if they’re not invited to the show,” Reign tweeted.

Some of BAFTA’s oversights echoed existing critiques of this year’s awards season. Like the Golden Globes, the UK ceremony will not feature any women among its best director nominees, though Little Women director Greta Gerwig and the writers behind Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart did score nods for best adapted screenplay and best original screenplay, respectively.

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Since some BAFTA members are also in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the nominations prompted some to urge the Oscars not to make the same mistakes.

Diversity among nominees “does continue to be an industry-wide issue,” said BAFTA’s director of awards, Emma Baehr, in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday. “I think more films need to be made, and entered, giving people a chance to see them. We’d absolutely like to see more diversity, but I also don’t want to take away from those celebrating today.”

The BAFTAs will be held on February 2 in London, hosted by Graham Norton. The nominations for the most closely watched categories are below.

Best film

1917
The Irishman
Joker
Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood
Parasite

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Best director

Sam Mendes, 1917
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Todd Phillips, Joker
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood
Bong Joon Ho, Parasite

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Best actor

Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

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Best actress

Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy

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Best supporting actor

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood

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Best supporting actress

Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
Margot Robbie, Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit

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Best original screenplay

Susanna Fogle, Emily Halpen, Sarah Haskins, & Katie Silverman, Booksmart
Rian Johnson, Knives Out
Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood
Bong Joon Ho & Han Jin Won, Parasite

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