Joaquin Phoenix arrives at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The film “Joker” has topped the nominations for the British Academy film awards announced on Tuesday Jan. 7, 2020. Picture: AP

The BAFTA film awards last night came under fire for lack of diversity after all 20 stars nominated for the top acting gongs were white.

Critics also attacked the all-male shortlist for best director.

The all-white nominations in the leading actor, leading actress, supporting actor and supporting actress categories come four years after Bafta chief executive Amanda Berry said she wanted the awards to be as ‘diverse as they possibly can be’.

Fans reacted angrily to the absence of Hispanic actress Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”) and black stars Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”) and Lupita Nyong’o (“Us”). British director Andrew “Rapman” Onwubolu, who made the controversial gang film Blue Story, said the “lack of black faces is ridiculous”.