Last updated on February 3, 2020
The 45-year-old celebrity on Sunday won the award for Best Leading Actor for Joker, but took the chance to deal with the lack of diversity in the entertainment business, reports Daily Mail.
“I’m very honored and blessed to be here. BAFTAs have been supportive of my profession and I am deeply appreciative. However, I hate to mention that I feel conflicted since so a lot of my fellow celebrities do not have that same privilege. I believe we deliver a very clear message to people of color that you are not welcome,” he explained.
“I feel that is the message we’ve contributed so much to our moderate and our business. I don’t think anyone wants a handout or preferential treatment, this isn’t a self-righteous condemnation. I haven’t done everything in my power to be sure the stuff which I worked for is inclusive. We must perform the difficult to work to genuinely comprehend systemic racism. I believe it is the responsibility of the folks who have generated and perpetuated and gained from the system of oppression that dismantles it, and that is on us.
After making his address, and getting a round of applause, the celebrity initially left the podium with no award and needed to be called back to shoot him.
This season, Hollywood movies Joker, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and The Irishman top the nomination package in the 2020 British Academy of Film and Televisions Film Awards (BAFTAs) sparked off criticism that the British movie awards lack diversity from its acting groups.