Academy lists new "diversity" requirement to be eligible for an Oscar for Best Picture

by Jordyn Pair · Sep 9th, 2020 2:20 pm
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Last Updated Sep 11th, 2020 at 5:15 am

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday that it will require films to meet a new "diversity" standard in order to be eligible for the Oscar for Best Picture.

Starting in 2024, films must meet diversity standards for on-screen representation, themes, and narratives; creative leadership and project team; industry access and opportunities; and Audience development. Films must meet two of the four standards, which highlight representation for underrepresented groups such as women, members of the LGBT community, people with cognitive or physical disabilities, and members of a racial or ethnic minority.

"The aperture must widen to reflect our diverse global population in both the creation of motion pictures and in the audiences who connect with them," Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement.

Films competing for Best Picture in 2022 and 2023 must submit "a confidential Academy Inclusion Standards form," but will not be required to meet diversity standards.


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