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Oscars Announce Big Change To Best Picture Nomination For Greater Diversity!

The Academy introduces major changes to force the industry to become more diverse.

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There’s big news rolling from the Oscars. The Academy has announced some massive changes to the criteria of the best picture nomination for Oscars. They wanted to make these changes because of the prevailing lack of diversity and inclusivity in the industry for many years ahead. Therefore, they decided to force the industry to make systemic changes to make it more diverse and inclusive.

The Academy announced back in June that it will try to make the award ceremony and the criteria more inclusive and diverse for the future. They did so by setting three standards as criteria that each movie has to follow. However, the changes will take place in the 94th and 95th Academy Award ceremonies in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

Oscars Announce Big Change To Best Pictures Nomination For Greater Diversity!
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However, these aren’t the only changes that the Oscars are going through. This is because the COVID-19 pandemic also meant that Oscars 2021 will have a new set of rules. It affects the theatre run time for a movie to be eligible for an Oscar, which has been changed because of theatres being closed due to the pandemic. Therefore, you can expect the Oscars to be vastly different in the upcoming years, and to be more inclusive and diverse.

All in all, The Academy made these changes to force producers, directors, and filmmakers to make the industry more inclusive and diverse. This was in reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement and the George Floyd protests, which is challenging every single notion around race in America. Furthermore, it’ll give a more accurate representation of America’s demographic. Below are the standards in detail, as given on the website of The Academy:

Standards set as criteria for Oscars

STANDARD A: ON-SCREEN REPRESENTATION, THEMES, AND NARRATIVES

It focuses on on-screen representation. The Academy states that every movie should have “at least one of the lead actors or significant supporting actors is from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group”. If not that, then it should have at least “30% of all actors in secondary and more minor roles” as non-white, women, LGBTQ+, or any other under-represented minority. By fulfilling these, the movie fulfills the criteria of qualifying to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar award. It reads that:

To achieve Standard A, the film must meet ONE of the following criteria (to qualify for best picture at the Oscars):

A1. Lead or significant supporting actors

At least one of the lead actors or significant supporting actors is from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group.

  • Asian
  • Hispanic/Latinx
  • Black/African American
  • Indigenous/Native American/Alaskan Native
  • Middle Eastern/North African
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
  • Other underrepresented race or ethnicity

A2. General ensemble cast

At least 30% of all actors in secondary and more minor roles are from at least two of the following underrepresented groups:

  • Women
  • Racial or ethnic group
  • LGBTQ+
  • People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing

A3. Main storyline/subject matter

The main storyline(s), theme or narrative of the film is centred on an underrepresented group(s).

  • Women
  • Racial or ethnic group
  • LGBTQ+
  • People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing

STANDARD B: CREATIVE LEADERSHIP AND PROJECT TEAM

Secondly, this standard focuses more on behind-the-scene changes for movies that want to fulfill the criteria of being eligible to qualify for an Oscar. That includes leadership roles, production team, staff, crew, as well as technicians, and others. They should also be diverse, just like the cast itself. The Academy wrote:

To achieve Standard B, the film must meet ONE of the criteria below:

B1. Creative leadership and department heads

At least two of the following creative leadership positions and department heads – Casting Director, Cinematographer, Composer, Costume Designer, Director, Editor, Hairstylist, Makeup Artist, Producer, Production Designer, Set Decorator, Sound, VFX Supervisor, Writer – are from the following underrepresented groups:

  • Women
  • Racial or ethnic group
  • LGBTQ+
  • People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing

At least one of those positions must belong to the following underrepresented racial or ethnic group:

  • Asian
  • Hispanic/Latinx
  • Black/African American
  • Indigenous/Native American/Alaskan Native
  • Middle Eastern/North African
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
  • Other underrepresented race or ethnicity

B2. Other key roles

At least six other crew/team and technical positions (excluding Production Assistants) are from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group. These positions include but are not limited to First AD, Gaffer, Script Supervisor, etc.

B3. Overall crew composition

At least 30% of the film’s crew is from the following underrepresented groups:

  • Women
  • Racial or ethnic group
  • LGBTQ+
  • People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing

STANDARD C: INDUSTRY ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Furthermore, this standard focuses on opportunities and apprenticeships made available by the production team to be eligible for an Oscar. It forces them to make them available and also to recruit with greater diversity and inclusivity in mind. Furthermore, it shows Oscars are focusing on every facet of the industry, even if it’s unpaid and cheap labor in the forms of internships. This is because these are the first stepping stones into the industry. The Academy wrote:

To achieve Standard C, the film must meet BOTH criteria below:

C1. Paid apprenticeship and internship opportunities

The film’s distribution or financing company has paid apprenticeships or internships that are from the following underrepresented groups and satisfy the criteria below:

  • Women
  • Racial or ethnic group
  • LGBTQ+
  • People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing

The major studios/distributors are required to have substantive, ongoing paid apprenticeships/internships inclusive of underrepresented groups (must also include racial or ethnic groups) in most of the following departments: production/development, physical production, post-production, music, VFX, acquisitions, business affairs, distribution, marketing and publicity.

The mini-major or independent studios/distributors must have a minimum of two apprentices/interns from the above underrepresented groups (at least one from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group) in at least one of the following departments: production/development, physical production, post-production, music, VFX, acquisitions, business affairs, distribution, marketing and publicity.

C2. Training opportunities and skills development (crew)

The film’s production, distribution and/or financing company offers training and/or work opportunities for below-the-line skill development to people from the following underrepresented groups:

  • Women
  • Racial or ethnic group
  • LGBTQ+
  • People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing

STANDARD D: AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT

Finally, there is standard C. In this standard, the Academy focuses on marketing, distribution, and publicity of the film. The commercial and marketing team of the film should also be diverse to be eligible for an Oscar. Therefore, it’s evident that the Academy is to make systemic changes in how Hollywood works. The Academy wrote:

To achieve Standard D, the film must meet the criterion below:

D1. Representation in marketing, publicity, and distribution

The studio and/or film company has multiple in-house senior executives from among the following underrepresented groups (must include individuals from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups) on their marketing, publicity, and/or distribution teams.

  • Women
  • Racial or ethnic group:
    • Asian
    • Hispanic/Latinx
    • Black/African American
    • Indigenous/Native American/Alaskan Native
    • Middle Eastern/North African
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
    • Other underrepresented race or ethnicity
  • LGBTQ+
  • People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing
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