Hollywood actor Hayley Atwell has accused the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) of sexism for failing to include any women on the shortlist for the Rising Star award.
The Captain America star expressed her disappointment that no female actor was on the shortlist for the category at the British film awards that took place Sunday.
“There were girls on the longlist and I think it’s really odd that girls haven’t made it where guys have,” the Telegraph quoted Atwell as saying at a pre-Baftas dinner at the St Pancras Renaissance hotel in London.
“We’d hope that gender doesn’t really come into it and it’s about the body of work that they produce that year, but it seems that hasn’t been the case,” she said. The longlist of eight included Jessica Chastain, Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence.
The 29-year-old Atwell said Jones, the former star of ‘The Archers, deserved to have been shorlisted for her acclaimed performance in Like Crazy (2011). “Felicity Jones should have been nominated,” she was quoted as saying.