Oscars announce new representation and inclusion standards for Best Picture eligibility


In a post on the official Oscars website on Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced new representation and inclusion standards for Oscars eligibility in the Best Picture category. ~

According to the new standards, in order to reach the inclusion thresholds, a film must meet two of four criteria set by the Academy. Standard A deals with on-screen representation, themes and narratives. It deals with lead actors and ensemble casts including members of underrepresented groups as well as main themes of the film dealing with these groups. Standard B concerns the creative leadership and project team. This standard requires members of the creative leadership and department heads, other key roles, and overall crew compositions to consist of members of underrepresented groups. Standard C involves having internship, apprenticeship, and training opportunities available to members of underrepresented groups during the production of the film. The final standard, Standard D, deals with representation in marketing, publicity, and distribution. ~

The announcement is part of the Academy Aperture 2025 initiative, which is “the next phase of the Academy’s equity and inclusion initiative furthering the organization’s ongoing efforts to advance inclusion in the entertainment industry and increase representation within its membership and the greater film community.” Academy governors developed the standards from a template inspired by the British Film Institute Diversity Standards, but were adopted to meet the needs of the Academy. They also consulted with the Producers Guild of America, as they presently do for Oscars eligibility. ~

Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson spoke about the new standards, saying, “The aperture must widen to reflect our diverse global population in both the creation of motion pictures and in the audiences who connect with them.” The standards will go into place in the 96th Oscars in 2024, and apply only to the Best Picture category. All categories other than Best Picture will be held to their current eligibility requirements. ~


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