Gareth Ellis-Unwin says plan to cut four categories from TV broadcast ”is a damaging move”.
Notables including Alfonso Cuaron, Christopher Nolan and George Clooney add names to open letter.
He was talking at the first Casting Directors Awards held in London on Tuesday,
Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro and Jason Reitman among those who have criticised the decision.
ROMA wins best film and best director, The Favourite wins seven awards including best actress for Olivia Colman.
Roma also wins best director, but The Favourite does take a night high of seven wins.
Colman will receive award at the BFI Chairman’s dinner in March.
Director’s name removed from best British film category.
Jacques Audiard’s dark comedy western won best film and best director.
ABC Entertainment president hints at ‘very exciting opener’ for February 24 telecast.