Executives at British Academy Film Awards are worried that Hollywood stars will use their acceptance speeches to promote their political views at the awards ceremony.
Several celebrities, including Meryl Streep (left) and Dev Patel, have voiced their views on US President Donald Trump both onstage and on the red carpet recently.
“Having 15 back-to-back Trump speeches would be a disaster and would take attention away from the films,” said a source. According to a report by dailymail.co.uk, the BAFTA heads have no intention to acknowledge their fears to the stars. The source added: “Nobody wants to tell the stars what they should or shouldn’t say. But the last thing they want is a string of political rants, particularly with Trump’s Britain visit and his Muslim ban in full flow.”
The source went on to mention that if anyone went beyond a brief comment and begin to discuss racism, their speech may be edited.
An official BAFTA spokesman said, “We respectfully ask all winners to keep their acceptance speech short.” The anti-Trump movement has been at its peak this week, in reaction to the new visa laws.