Joaquin Phoenix Delivers Powerful Speech on systemic racism at BAFTAs

"I'm ashamed to say that I'm part of the problem." Joaquin Phoenix berated systemic racism in the film industry, even while he was accepting a BAFTA award for best leading actor.

Bafta: Joaquin Phoenix's speech on the lack of diversity

On February 2, Joaquin Phoenix was crowned as best actor by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta), facing Leonardo DiCaprio, Adam Driver, Taron Egerton and Jonathan Pryce.

He delivered an inspiring speech

“I feel very honored and privileged to be here tonight. The BAFTAS have always been very supportive of my career and I’m deeply appreciative. But I have to say that I also feel conflicted because so many of my fellow actors that are deserving don’t have that same privilege. I think that we send a very clear message to people of color that you’re not welcome here. I think that’s the message that we’re sending to people that have contributed so much to our medium and our industry and in ways that we benefit from. I don’t think anybody wants a handout or a preferential treatment, although that’s what we give ourselves every year. I think that people just want to be acknowledged and appreciated or respected for their work. This is not a self-righteous condemnation, because I’m ashamed to say that I’m part of the problem. I have not done everything in my power to ensure that the sets I work on are inclusive. But I think it’s more than just having sets that are multicultural. I think that we have to really do the hard work to truly understand systemic racism. I think that it is the obligation of the people that have created and perpetuate and benefit from a system of oppression to be the ones that dismantle it, so that’s on us. Thank you.”

During the Bafta 2020 ceremony - the British equivalent of France’s Caesar - American actor Joaquin Phoenix, named best actor for the film Joker, used his speech of thanks to evoke the glaring absence of nominees racialized during ceremony. Like the Oscars and the Cesars, the Bafta have been widely criticized for their lack of representativeness.

More ecology but still little representativeness

This year, the Bafta have demonstrated their commitment to the climate crisis by giving up gift bags that are not very respectful of the environment and by rolling out a red carpet in recycled materials. Guests were also asked to wear outfits already worn. However, the selection, carried out for most of the categories by the approximately 6,500 members of the Bafta, in particular professionals of the cinematographic industry, was strongly criticized for its lack of diversity. to be informed.


02/03/2020 2:55 PMupdated: 02/03/2020 3:20 PM


  • Yusuf D.
    02/06/2020 12:54

    Keep it up great job ...

  • Anirudh P.
    02/06/2020 12:07

    Diversity for diversity's sake is terrible. There are so many movies/tv series with non-white and asian actors in the wrong roles. This is done just to satisfy a stupid quota. Such movies lack any depth and seem hollow. P.S. - I am not a white caucasian

  • Robert S.
    02/06/2020 10:39


  • Sophia S.
    02/06/2020 08:58

    Superb acting in joker. The laugh, out of this world.

  • Gracie A.
    02/05/2020 22:53

    Brilliant speech BRAVO!

  • Donald D.
    02/05/2020 13:54

    Well said...🙂

  • Cathyann L.
    02/05/2020 01:37

    Very Powerful Speech *Yes , there are other deserving actors with great talent that , don't receive any recognition, of their ,talent *Color seems to be still a problem *

  • Mariajohanna V.
    02/04/2020 20:18

    Honest Man

  • Babar A.
    02/04/2020 18:11

    The Academy didn't like your statement - Anonymous Love you man, your Creation of THIS Joker is a clear statement how Hate-speech, Racism and marginalising anyone can radicalise people! Love u and love the people who made you do it (director, screenplay writer n everyone else)

  • Marco B.
    02/04/2020 12:05

    Every one of them sit and listen with an actors face in sorrow and shame.. Then move on in the snobbish life they live.. Not one has a clue into reality...

  • Nelson C.
    02/04/2020 11:23

    I hope that now he understands that he is also the problem and he goes and does something about it. His platform is there to help him!

  • Scott P.
    02/04/2020 06:17

    I forgot Hollywood makes money off of gun violence,racism and sex. Then complain about it just shut up and act.

  • Elizabeth Q.
    02/04/2020 04:10

    amazing brilliant btful and sexy man with a btful mind and ❤️ love his speech

  • Susan A.
    02/04/2020 02:04

    Congrats and best speech👍

  • Forrest O.
    02/04/2020 01:27

    Well... actions speak louder than words, lets see if practices what he's preachin... by the way... one race, the human race

  • Noemi L.
    02/04/2020 01:26

    Another reason why I always loved him!

  • Teresa M.
    02/04/2020 01:02

    Amazing speech.

  • Trina F.
    02/04/2020 00:32

    I saw his brother river in his eyes❤️❤️. Thank you

  • Diane H.
    02/04/2020 00:10

    Thank You 👍

  • Sofia O.
    02/04/2020 00:06


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