Published Sep 09, 2020Even in the years since #OscarsSoWhite became a trending topic, Hollywood continues to struggle with diversity and inclusion. Now, the Oscars have detailed plans to address their shortcomings through reforming rules surrounding Best Picture nominees.
Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled new standards "designed to encourage equitable representation on and off screen in order to better reflect the diversity of the movie-going audience." The changes will come into effect for the 96th Oscars in 2024.
The newly reformed eligibility standards state that each Best Picture nomination must meet two of four standards: on-screen representation, themes and narratives, creative leadership and project team, industry access and opportunities, and audience development. You can find in-depth breakdowns of each requirement here.
"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 Academy is committed to playing a vital role in helping make this a reality," Academy president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement. "We believe these inclusion standards will be a catalyst for long-lasting, essential change in our industry."
In June, it was announced that the 93rd annual Academy Awards will now take place in April 2021.
Change starts now. We've announced new representation and inclusion standards for Best Picture eligibility, beginning with the 96th #Oscars. Read more here: https://t.co/qdxtlZIVKb pic.twitter.com/hR6c2jb5LM— The Academy (@TheAcademy) September 9, 2020