Joaquin Phoenix asked the film business to destroy an “system of oppression” in an acknowledgment discourse at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday.
Phoenix, who won the honor for best driving on-screen character for “Joker,” condemned the absence of assorted variety among the selected makers and entertainers this honors season, saying the issue could never again be overlooked.
Phoenix said that while he felt “honored” to be in participation and valued the help from the BAFTA association, he was “embarrassed” that on-screen characters of shading were not managed “a similar benefit.”
“I 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,” Phoenix said. “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.”
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts blended discussion a month ago when it was uncovered that no ethnic minorities were assigned in the four film acting classifications. The current year’s rundown of Oscar chosen people – prevalently male and white – earned comparative analysis.
“I don’t think anybody wants a handout or preferential treatment, although that’s what we give ourselves every year,” Phoenix continued. “I think people want to be appreciated and respected for their work.”
Phoenix recognized that he sees himself as “part of the problem.”
I have not done everything in my power — not all sets I’ve worked on are inclusive,” they added.