The Baftas will ‘shine a spotlight’ on sexual harassment within Hollywood

"Awards season shines a very bright spotlight on that conversation."

The chief executive of Bafta has said the award ceremony will ‘shine a spotlight’ on the sexual harassment scandal that has engulfed Hollywood.

As the nominations for the EE Rising Star Award were announced, Bafta chief executive Amanda Barrie claimed that the ceremony will be responsible for shining “a very bright spotlight” on the scandal – and confirmed that she will support award winners who choose to address it in their speeches.

“People obviously feel it’s a very powerful platform. The film awards go out globally so that makes it even more powerful, so we never say to people, ‘Don’t say anything, please just thank the crew or whatever it is”, she told the Press Association.

“Because if somebody feels passionately about it, they are going to say it. ‘There has been a lot of conversation to date and obviously that conversation continues, awards season shines a very bright spotlight on that conversation.'”

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She added: “Bafta is part of an industry-wide initiative to ensure that people can work in a safe, professional environment to ensure if training is needed that training is available, if help is needed that help is available.
“What we are doing is being part of a greater industry initiative which is absolutely vital but also year-round – for a number of years now we have been supporting the industry identifying the next generation of talent, and I think that is a really important role for us to play, that we if can’t change what has happened in the past we can definitely help change what comes next.”

The ceremony will take place next month, and is one of the first major events on the film calendar to occur after the sex scandal that has rocked Hollywood, with high profile figures including Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey facing a slew of allegations.