[Ed. – Once upon a time, this was known as quotas. That was around the same time that segregation, now a valued commodity, was a dirty word.]
The Oscars are raising the inclusion bar for best picture nominees, starting with the 96th Academy Awards in 2024.
In a historic move, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday laid out sweeping eligibility reforms to the best picture category intended to encourage diversity and equitable representation on screen and off, addressing gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and disability.
The film academy has established four broad representation categories: on screen; among the crew; at the studio; and in opportunities for training and advancement in other aspects of the film’s development and release. To be considered for best picture, films will have to meet two of the four new standards, the Academy said.
Each standard has detailed subcategories as well.