NEW OSCAR REQUIREMENTS FOR HOLLYWOOD
The Oscars make inclusion a requirement for
best picture consideration beginning in 2024
Five years after the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag triggered controversy,
the group behind the awards has made inclusion a requirement to be considered to win them.
In what represents the most direct link between the movie industry’s top prize
And efforts to promote diversity and address systemic issues,
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday that movies must meet certain criteria,
In terms of representation in order to be eligible for the Academy Award for best picture beginning in 2024.
Introduced under an initiative called Aperture 2025,
The organization said the goal was to “encourage equitable representation on and off screen,
In order to better reflect the diversity of the movie-going audience.”
Films must meet at least two of four benchmarks.
They include featuring actors from underrepresented groups in significant roles or accounting for at least 30% of the cast;
Similar criteria in terms of those working on the film behind the scenes;
A significant commitment to paid apprenticeships, internships and career development;
And significant representation among the teams devoted to marketing, publicity and distribution.
During the Oscar campaigns in 2022 and 2023, movies will have to submit a confidential “inclusion standards” form,
But that won’t prevent eligibility until the 96th Academy Awards.
Next year’s awards, encompassing movies released in 2020,
Have already been delayed by two months due to the disruptions to film distribution caused by the coronavirus.
The change was made in consultation with the Producers Guild of America,
And adapted from standards developed by the British Film Institute that must be met to earn funding for certain projects in the U.K.
The latest announcement follows a concerted push by the Academy to expand its membership ranks,
Admitting more women and people of color.
In June, an additional 819 new members were invited into the group,
45% of them women and 36% people of color.
Representation among the latter has more than doubled since the membership initiative began in 2016.
The Oscars made history earlier this year when “Parasite” was anointed best picture,
Becoming the first non-English-language film and first South Korean film to receive that prize.
NEW OSCAR REQUIREMENTS FOR HOLLYWOOD
Kirstie Alley slams new Oscars diversity and inclusion requirements: This is a disgrace to artists everywhere’
In an effort to increase representation and inclusion in Hollywood, and it’s safe to say actress Kirstie Alley is not the least bit thrilled.
Ahead of the fifth anniversary of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy,
The Academy said it is limiting Best Picture award nominees — beginning with 2024’s slate of entries
To those that can meet requirements that “encourage equitable representation on and off screen”
By ensuring more people of color fill positions on a film set from the starring role to interns and everything in between, according to a press release published online.
Alley quickly took to Twitter to air her frustrations with the new standards, writing, “This is a disgrace to artists everywhere.”
Her tweet continued: “Can you imagine telling Picasso what had to be in his f–king paintings.
You people have lost your minds. Control artists, control individual thought .. OSCAR ORWELL.”
Hours later, Alley tweeted that diversity and inclusion “should be taught, taught so well and so naturally and genuinely that it becomes second nature to our children.”
The star was met with heavy criticism from her followers, with a majority taking shots at her acting career.
“Well cis, given your career (or lack there of) this won’t impact you. Ashe,” one user clapped back.
Another questioned Alley: “Interesting take considering most of the films you’ve acted in are overwhelmingly white.
Are you concerned about the lack of opportunities?
You know these new rules helps you as a woman, right? Studios tell who to put in movies all the time.”
DAWG SAYS: FUNNY HOW THESE CREATURES IN HOLLYWOOD,
THOUGH PRETTY MUCH UNINFORMED, CONTINUE TO TELL EVERYONE ELSE HOW TO LIVE AND ACT.
NOW WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR DOOR THEY COMPLAIN.
THE ONLY THING OF NOTE IS THE HYPOCRISY,
OTHER THAN THAT I COULD CARE LESS.
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