BAFTAs: Richard Ayoade opens 2021 awards ceremony
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The BAFTA TV Awards took place in London with the stars of the small screen gracing the red carpet at the paired-back ceremony amid the coronavirus pandemic. Richard Ayoade hosted the event which was later criticised by some on social media.
Viewers took to Twitter to slam the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for having a “woke” agenda.
They claimed the ceremony had been “totally politicised”.
This year the academy celebrated its most diverse list of winners.
However, some said the organisation should be renamed the “WAFTAS” or “Woke Academy”.
“So glad I didn’t lose precious time watching the BAFTAs last night. Not so much awards & recognition of excellent contributions to entertainment – more like a Woke/PC/diversity fest.
“No wonder we look back with nostalgia….,” one Twitter user wrote online.
#BAFTAS don’t you mean the WAFTAS Woke Academy for Film and Television Awards,” another added.
Sharing a similar sentiment a third penned: “Just how WOKE were tonight’s BAFTAS? Complete joke.”
“Turned if off after 10 minutes, it was stomach-churning woke nonsense! The BAFTAS used to be a celebration, not anymore! It’s been totally politised!”(sic) a fourth remarked.
“The public have moved away from the BAFTAs. Gone woke,” another chimed in.
However, another viewer hit back at the woke claims.
“Lots of people complaining about how woke the #BAFTAS are this year. Maybe those in charge just woke up and are recognising talent that might have been overlooked before #Equality.”
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“It was so great to see so much diversity in the #BAFTAS last night. Hopefully this is a sign of the future and not a one off,” another added.
Last night’s winners included Paul Mescal, who won the leading actor accolade for his role in Normal People, and Michaela Coel who scooped the leading actress award for I May Destroy You.
The show, which was written and produced by the 33-year-old star, also won best miniseries.
Also at the event, dance troupe Diversity won Virgin Media’s must-see moment for their Britain’s Got Talent routine, which was inspired by the BLM protests.
Davina McCall also picked up an award for her ITV show Long Lost Family: Born Without A Trace. Meanwhile Romesh Ranganathan was awarded best entertainment performance for The Ranganation.
Casualty beat EastEnders, Coronation Street and Hollyoaks to win the best soap and continuing drama award.
And Sky Atlantic’s Save Me Too picked up the drama series gong.
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