Films seeking nominations for best picture will soon have to meet a broader recruitment standard.
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In order not to fight inclusive recruitment standards in the film industry, the Academy of Arts and Sciences has introduced a mandatory diversity standard for feature films that films must meet in order to qualify for an Oscar nomination for the best picture.
Under the new standards, which will come into effect for the 96th Academy Awards in 2024, films must achieve true diversity in at least two of the following four categories in order to qualify: on-screen display; creative leadership and project team; Access to industry and opportunities; and audience development.
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In doing so, the Academy aims to better showcase the contributions of women, members of the LGBTQI + community, people with physical or cognitive disabilities – including the deaf or hard of hearing – and people from different races or ethnic groups.
The change comes from the continued criticism and backlash against the lack of diversity in the Oscars (remember #OscarsSoWhite?) Both within their nominees and within the voting panel. The Academy hopes to change this through mandatory changes.
Because the changes will not take effect immediately, films competing for the best picture within the next three years will not be disqualified immediately for failing to meet the criteria. However, you will need to submit a form that looks at the standards. Films currently in production have three years to ensure this. All films reject the criteria to be excluded from nomination.
Based on the existing diversity standards of the British Film Institute and the British Academy of Film and Television, the measures are limited to the Best Film category for the time being.
In a statement on Tuesday, Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said, "We believe these inclusion standards will be a catalyst for lasting, significant change in our industry."