Oscars Plan To Be More Inclusive Following Black Lives Matter
This should have been done way before Black Lives Matter changed America.
There’s no doubt that the Black Lives Matter Movement has impacted every single aspect of life in the US. Similarly, it is forcing showbiz to change the way it dealt with racism and inclusion. Following the trend, the Academy has also announced that Oscars 2021 will be more ‘inclusive’.
Oscars 2021 will be more diverse than ever
In order to promote more inclusion, the Academy has confirmed that 10 films will be nominated for the best picture award from now on. Usually, the number of films in the nomination fluctuates every year. However, the Academy is making this change permanently in Oscars 2021 to make it more ‘inclusive’ and diverse.
The Academy CEO Dawn Hudson released a statement, saying:
While the Academy has made strides, we know there is much more work to be done in order to ensure equitable opportunities across the board. The need to address this issue is urgent. To that end, we will amend – and continue to examine – our rules and procedures to ensure that all voices are heard and celebrated.
Moreover, Academy President David Rubin added that:
… we must recognize how much more needs to be done, and we must listen, learn, embrace the challenge, and hold ourselves and our community accountable.
The Academy made the announcement for Oscars 2021 in a tweet with the statement included, emphasizing on inclusion:
We are excited to announce the next phase of our equity and inclusion initiative. In our efforts to increase representation, we are working to create new industry standards, add new voices to our Board of Governors and expand the Best Picture category.
We are excited to announce the next phase of our equity and inclusion initiative. In our efforts to increase representation, we are working to create new industry standards, add new voices to our Board of Governors and expand the Best Picture category. https://t.co/HSIfHtXPVh
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) June 12, 2020
This is no surprise after looking at how the Black Lives Matter Movement is forcing everyone to reevaluate their policy on diversity and inclusivity. Other than the change in the ‘Best Picture’ category, the Academy announced a major change in the Board of Governors. And that change will play a big part in making the Academy more inclusive.
Ava DuVernay becomes a part of the Board of Governors
This was welcome news after the Academy announced that Ava DuVernay is joining the Board of Governors. This is big news for Oscars 2021. Now the Academy has 26 female governors and 12 people of color on a board of 54. This is the first time DuVernay has been elected to the board and can serve up to 3 consecutive three-year-terms. Moreover, this will do a lot to make the Academy more inclusive.
DuVernay is known for her brilliant work in Selma and When They See Us, which raised a lot of awareness on racial tensions in America. For that, she received a lot of critical acclaims. Therefore, she deserves the spot fully, and we know for sure it will have a positive and inclusive impact on Oscars 2021.