The winners will be announced at a ceremony on February 2 at London’s Royal Albert Hall [File: Dylan Martinez/Reuters]

Cinema fans and critics have slammed a United Kingdom film body over a lack of diversity among the nominees for its annual film awards.

All 20 acting nominees for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards, announced on Tuesday, were white.

All best director nominees were men for the seventh consecutive year, and four out of five were white.

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Marc Samuelson, the chair of BAFTA’s film committee, blamed the “infuriating lack of diversity” in the acting nominations on industry-wide failings in representation.

“It’s just a frustration that the industry is not moving as fast as certainly the whole BAFTA team would like it

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