Viola Davis has voiced her scepticism about the success of the “Oscars So White” backlash at this year’s BAFTAs.
The actor, who won a BAFTA for best-supporting actress for her role in Fences, said while this had been a strong year for African-American actors it could easily be an anomaly. Fences, Hidden Figures and Moonlight have all done well out of awards season.
“I believe what still is a deficiency is that we have one year a plethora of African American movies and then the next year nothing,” the 51-year-old said at a press conference after her BAFTA win.
Davis said forecasts for next year’s award season had already been floated and there was a dearth of African-American names in the mix.
She used the address to warn that the future of her six-year-old daughter Genesis might be more difficult than her own.
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