BAFTA Blackout: Stars to Wear Black In Support Of ‘Time’s Up’
Following the Golden Globe Awards’ all-black dress code in solidarity with victims of sexual assault, British Stars plan to do an encore at this year’s British Academy Film Awards ceremony on February 18 in London. This time, a letter has been circulated among the attendees and the industry is being encouraged to wear black in support of the Times Up movement, the Economic Times reported.
The letter states, “Inspired by the TIME’S UP movement in the US, we are working to continue the incredible movement this side of the Atlantic”. “With BAFTA being the first major film awards ceremony in Europe this year, we feel it is important to make a statement to show global solidarity and that the issue is not being forgotten, and to join hands with people across all industries who have experienced inequality and abuse.”
By wearing all black, at the annual ceremony actors want to extend their solidarity and commitment to their counterparts who rocked the Golden Globes ramp.
Emma Watson, Daisy Ridley, Keira Knightley and Emma Thompson are among those backing the nominees and guests. The high-profile British ceremony is organised by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
The letter further urges: “Wearing black is a strong, unifying and simple statement”
“People are asking me, ‘Is everybody going to wear black?'” Amanda Berry, BAFTA chief executive said.
“I don’t know the answer, but I assume that will now happen throughout the whole awards season. Look at how quickly it happened at the Globes. That was only a rumour a couple of weeks before, or a suggestion,” Berry added.
At the time of announcing the nominees for the awards last month, organizers said: “the disturbing revelations about a host of powerful men in the entertainment business should become a catalyst for real, lasting change.”
For the first time in 12 years, the BAFTAs will be hosted by a woman. Joanna Lumley will be the presenter of this year’s award ceremony.
Read the letter that’s gone out to the industry here