Movies With Too Many Straight White People Will Be Disqualified From Top Oscar Award

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The Academy Awards has announced that from 2024, films hoping to win the award for Best Picture will be required to meet new representation and inclusions standards.

To qualify for the top award, a movie must now cast more black, female, gay, transgender, or disabled characters or address themes relevant to their communities.

Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement: “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.

“We believe these inclusion standards will be a catalyst for long-lasting, essential change in our industry.”

According to the Los Angeles Times: “To be eligible for best picture, a film must meet at least two standards across four categories: ‘Onscreen Representation, Themes and Narratives,’ ‘Creative Leadership and Project Team,’ ‘Industry Access and Opportunities’ and ‘Audience Development.’ Within each category are a variety of criteria involving the inclusion of people in underrepresented groups, including women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people and those with cognitive or physical disabilities.”

The Academy’s website outlines the requirements as follows:

To achieve Standard A, a film must meet one of the three following criteria:

First, one of the lead actors or significant supporting actors must be:

  • Asian
  • Hispanic/Lantinx
  • Black/African American
  • Indigenous/Native American/Alaskan Native
  • Middle Eastern/North African
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
  • Other underrepresented race or ethnicity

In other words, fewer white people.

Second, at least 30% of all actors in secondary and more minor roles must be from at least two of the following underrepresented groups:

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

In other words, fewer straight, white, able, men.

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