Oscar tightens Best Picture qualification with tougher new diversity rules in 2024 – Deadline


As promised when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its Academy Aperture 2025 initiative in June, today new standards of representation and inclusion have been announced by AMPAS which is gradually becoming the 94th (2022) And will apply for the 95th (2023). Oscar, but at the beginning of full effect in 2024 with the 96th Academy Award. In its most dramatic swing for true diversity, the Oscar is fulfilling key requirements to be eligible for Hollywood’s most sought-after award: Best Picture.

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To “lead” at least one Asian, Hispanic / Latex, Black / African American, Indigenous / Native American / Alaska Native, Middle Eastern / North African, Native Hawaii or other Pacific Islands or other undeveloped race or ethnicity. in the form of or Significant supporting actors ”are a potential requirement under the new guidelines, with those ethnicities also mentioned for major production and marketing jobs. In addition, employing women, LGBTQ +, members of a racial or ethnic group, and people with cognitive or physical disabilities or who are deaf or hard of hearing, for at least 30% of actors in secondary and more minor roles A plotline that may be required is focused. On a secretive group, creative leadership and hiring department heads, at least 30% crew composition, paid internships, and representation in marketing and distribution are also all possible areas to be a best picture contender. Producers don’t get All New doctrine requirements, just half.

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Relying on the industry for a long time to diversify the way they make films, the Academy is now taking action on its own to ensure that Oscar-hungry filmmakers get the message. This is a significant sea change for an organization that opposed the imposition of specific moviemaking regulations on the industry, but it had the chance of being like Chancy Gardiner To be present Just like to “watch”, but that was then and now it is. AMPAS has set four specific sets of standards covering the areas I list, and a film must meet at least two The best picture material should be among them. This is a seismic action in the history of the Oscars, with many believing it is too long but may still cause controversy in some segments of the industry that may prevent taking marching orders from AMPAS, even if these types There should already be a diversity of requirements. In other organizations such as BAFTA. This is still a significant effort and could not come at a more opportune time in light of worldwide movements for equality in all walks of life. Since #OscarsSoWhite (erstwhile) has long become a viral siren call for membership of the largely white and male academy, the organization is indeed moving towards real change.

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According to the AMPAS release, the standards are designed to encourage equal representation on screen to better reflect the diversity of the film’s audience. Academy governors Devon Franklin and Jim Gianopulos led a task force at the British Film Institute (BFI) to develop diversity-driven standards, with some funding eligibility in the UK and some used at the British Academy for eligibility Variety Standard. Film and Television (BAFTA) awards, but were adapted to meet the specific needs of the academy. The academy also consulted with the Producers Guild of America (PGA), as it currently does for Oscar eligibility.

“The holes must be widened to produce motion pictures and to reflect our diverse global population in the audience engaging with them. Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Don Hudson said the Academy is committed to playing a key role to help make it real. “We believe that these inclusion standards will be the catalyst for long-lasting, necessary change in our industry.”

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None of this affects the current 93rd Oscar eligibility year, which, due to the epidemic, now extends from January 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021 (the next Oscar show is set for its latest date April 25, 2021 ). Beginning with the 94th and 95th Oscars, a “confidential” academy must submit inclusion standards Expected For the best picture consideration, however, the actual inclusion threshold must be met. No Must be required for Best Picture eligibility by the 96th Oscar in 2024.

According to the academy, these new standards apply In college For Best Picture and moreover do not affect other categories that fit their current eligibility requirements. However, films with special categories of animated feature, documentary feature, and international feature film that are presented for Best Picture / General Entry will thus be addressed separately.

Here are the specific standards announced today:

Standard A: ON-SCREEN REPRESENTATION, THEMES AND NARRATIVES
To achieve Standard A, the film must meet one of the following criteria:

A1. Lead or important supporting artist

One of the leading actors or important supporting actors is from at least one racial or ethnic group.

  • Asian
    • Hispanic / Latin
    • Black / African American
    • Indigenous / Native American / Alaska Native
    • Middle Eastern / North African
    • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
    • Other undeveloped race or ethnicity

A 2. General ensemble

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

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

A3. Main plot

The main plot (theme), narrative or narrative of the film focuses on a brief 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
To achieve Standard B, the film must meet one of the criteria below:

B 1. Creative Leadership and Head of Department

The following are from at least two positions of creative leadership and department heads – casting director, cinematographer, composer, costume designer, director, editor, hairstylist, makeup artist, producer, production designer, set decorator, sound, VFX supervisor, writer. The following concise group:

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

At least one of them must be of the following racial or ethnic group:

  • Asian
    • Hispanic / Latin
    • Black / African American
    • Indigenous / Native American / Alaska Native
    • Middle Eastern / North African
    • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
    • Other undeveloped race or ethnicity

B 2. Other main roles

At least six other crew / team and technical positions (excluding production assistants) are from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group. These posts do not include First AD, Gaffer, Script Supervisor etc.

B 3. Overall team composition

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

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

Standard C: Access and Operation of the Industry
To achieve Standard C, the film must meet the following BOTH criteria:

C 1. Paid apprenticeship and internship opportunities

The film’s distribution or financing company paid apprenticeships or internships from the following underrepresented groups and satisfied the criteria:

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

Major studios / distributors require that most of the following departments include apprenticeships / internships underrepresented groups (racial or ethnic groups should also be included): production / development, physical production, post-production, music, VFX, acquisition, business affairs, distribution, marketing and promotions.

Mini-major or independent studios / distributors must have at least one department: Product / Development, Physical Production, at least two Apprentice / Intermediate sub-managed groups (at least one of the underrated racial or ethnic group). , Post-production, music, VFX, acquisition, business affairs, distribution, marketing and promotion.

C 2. Training opportunities and skill development (crew)

The film’s production, distribution and / or financing company provides training and / or work opportunities for bottom-line skills 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: Accounting Development
To achieve standard D, the film must meet the following criteria:

D 1. Representation in marketing, promotion and distribution

The studio and / or film company has several senior in-houseers from the following divisional groups, who must include individuals from underrated racial or ethnic groups in their marketing, promotional and / or distribution teams.

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

Academy aperture 2025 The next phase of the Academy’s equity and inclusion initiative is advancing efforts to involve the organization in the entertainment industry and increase its membership and greater representation within the film community.