BAFTAs 2016: Campaign group to stage 'peaceful' protests over diversity outside awards ceremony

Both Idris Elba and Benicio del Toro are nominated for Best Supporting Actor

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Just a day before the ceremony, a protest group announced they well stage a “peaceful” demonstration outside the British Academy of Film and Television Awards.

Creatives of Colour, led by Alien 3 and Batman scribe Leon Herbert, will be outside the Royal Opera House ahead of the ceremony to bring attention to the lack of “diversity, opportunity and inclusion” within the industry, according to Variety.

In a similar way campaigners have been tweeting out #OscarsSoWhite, the group started using the hashtag #BaftaBlackout to get people to discuss the lack of diversity.

Herbert told the trade publication that the UK TV and film industry was “pale, male and stale,” adding: “We protested at the awards in 1994, 1995 and 1996. Today, in 2016 – 20 years on – absolutely nothing has changed.”

Unlike the Oscars, which failed to nominate anyone non-white in the major acting categories, both Idris Elba and Benicio del Toro are nominated for Best Supporting Actor, while Carol - a film about a lesbian love story in the 50s which was seemingly snubbed by The Academy - is up for nine awards including best picture.

Find everything you need to know about this year’s BAFTAs here. In other BAFTA news, the gift bags nominees will receive have been revealed, as have the The British Academy of Rubbish Films and Terrible Acting award nominees.