Academy explains new diversity rules for best picture Oscar. No, the films have to meet the new inclusion and diversity standards. This will be starting in bin 2024. According to the new release they are designed to encourage equitable representation. This will be for the better to reflect the diversity of the movie-going audience. Thus for the 96th Oscars in 2024, films must meet the eligibility criteria. However, the four standards dig into how films come to be. The stories they tell to the executive who leads and market them. This will all be while addressing gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and disability. Neither of all the films submitted for the best picture has to hit those targets.
Academy announces different standard targets
For Standard B they must be focused on diversifying creative leadership and crew roles. Whereas for Standard A have different criteria. It requires a film submitted for the best picture, either a lead actor or supporting actor be from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups. Or they must have at least 30% of all the actors in secondary and minor roles from underrepresented groups. This all will include women as well. They might have the main storyline, theme, or narrative centered on an underrepresented group.
Hence Standard C is focused on industry access. It requires that the film provide paid apprenticeship and internship opportunities. This will be for underrepresented groups as well as for training opportunities and skills development for them. Now Standard D requires a film’s marketing, publicity, and distribution to have multiple in-house senior executives. These executives are from underrepresented groups.
Push for diversity
Since 2015, and the #OscarsSoWhite social media campaign. The academy has made concerted efforts to broaden its membership. The number of women doubled as well as the back members by 2020 in the list. This was all followed to boycott the glitzy Oscars. Thus the board of directors vowed this. There is a 45% intake to women and 36% of minorities. These standards are based on those already employed by Britain’s BAFTA. Therefore to encourage equitable representation on and off the screen has been improved. Thus the Academy will also be hosting a series of panel discussions. This discussion will be based on tropes and harmful stereotypes in Hollywood films.