The British Independent Film Awards has announced that they will be removing gender in the acting categories.
The British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) is an annual award show that celebrates the best of independent British film and talent.
BIFA was established in 1998, and since, has taken place each year in London, as a black tie event.
They have recently announced that they will no longer have gender-specific acting categories, instead opting to have just one category for Best Actor or Actress.
This means that all nominees will be considered together and there will be no distinction made between male or female actors when it comes to voting on who should win.
This is a great move for the BIFA as it will allow more actors and actresses to be nominated for an award.
This decision comes after the organisation was criticised for its all-male nominations for the Rising Star Award.
There have been outcries from actors and actresses who felt that they were not being given enough opportunities to compete in the categories due to their gender.
The BIFA has also stated that they are aiming to make their awards “more inclusive”, which is a step in the right direction.
This change is a strong step forward for equality in Hollywood, and we hope to see more organisations follow suit in the near future.
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