Director Asif Kapadia poses for photographers with his award for Best Documentary for 'Amy' backstage at the BAFTA 2016 film awards at the Royal Opera House in London, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. (AP Photo)
A group called Creatives of Colour Network organized a protest beside the red carpet against a lack of racial diversity in show business. Demonstrators rallied under the hashtag #baftablackout, and distributed leaflets declaring the awards "male, pale and stale."
The head of the British film academy said she supported the protesters' aims.
"Our industry isn't diverse enough, so the pool of people to draw award winners from isn't diverse enough," chief executive Amanda Berry told the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
Like Hollywood's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the British film academy says it will work to make sure its 6,500 voting members become a more diverse group.
On the red carpet, Boyega said he was glad the issue was being aired.
"I just think a larger conversation is being had and I think that's a very, very positive thing," he said.