BAFTA don't want turn political

BAFTA don't want turn politicalFollowing the Golden Globes and SAG awards, BAFTA top bosses are now reportedly worried their winners may follow suit in making their acceptance speeches political.

Bosses are said to be worried that winners will use the time to air their political views, particularly in light of Donald Trump’s controversial "Muslim ban".

"Having 15 back-to-back Trump speeches would be a disaster and would take complete attention away from the films," an insider reportedly told The Sun.

"The anti-Trump bandwagon in Hollywood is particularly volatile at present, with the most ardent campaigners using any high-profile platform to express their views," it added.

With a two hour delay between the ceremony and it going on air, producers are reportedly set to edit where necessary, although that’s far from ideal. However, it’s more acceptable to them than telling the actors what can and can’t be said.

"All content on the BBC is published in line with our editorial guidelines. As with any televised awards show, we seek to fairly and accurately reflect the passionately held views of recipients and attendees," the BBC, the main broadcaster of the ceremony, said.

"At the same time, we have a duty to fairly reflect as many awards, nominees and winners as possible. Where we have to edit for length, we ensure that the essence of the speeches, which are included, are properly reflected," they added.

"As every year we respectfully ask all winners to keep their acceptance speech short," BAFTA reps added.

The concerns come from previous awards shows being used as political platforms.

Most notably, Meryl Streep used her speech at the Golden Globes to voice her views on Trump, branding him a "disrespectful bully".

Last weekend's SAG Awards saw several actors criticise the Trump administration.

The BAFTA, with or without political speeches, will screen Sunday, February 12.
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