Five years after the Academy awarded all 20 acting nominations to white actors for the first of two straight years, setting Twitter ablaze in the process, the organization has announced new standards for Oscars eligibility in the best picture category.
From 2022, films aiming to win best picture at the Oscars will have to turn in a confidential “inclusion standard form.” And from 2024, the Academy will require a film to meet two of four mandates to qualify for the top prize in film.
The new requirements include starring at least one lead actor or significant supporting actor from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, the main storyline(s), theme or narrative of the film centered on an underrepresented group, and at least two creative leadership positions and department heads from an underrepresented group including women, a racial or ethnic group, LGBTQ+, people with cognitive or physical disabilities or deaf/hard of hearing, among others. [via]
🚨The Oscars just announced their watershed new diversity and inclusion standards for Best Picture.🚨
Starting with the 2024 Oscars, a film must meet 2 of the following 4 standards to be eligible for Oscar’s biggest prize: pic.twitter.com/pTqGmT2yAl
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) September 9, 2020
According to the Wrap, this isn’t the first time the Academy used outside factors to determine eligibility. In the 1950s, it disqualified anyone who had been a member of the Communist party or who had refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee.
They swiftly and strongly rescinded on this decision.
Many believe that this new mandate will be viewed similarly in retrospect.
“Spot checks” for Oscar eligibility means regular surprise inspections into racial origins of cast and crew — actually sounds like a great gig for former police officers https://t.co/S7wSRJRKLn pic.twitter.com/444GCHe75y
— Wesley Yang (@wesyang) September 9, 2020
All for diversity, but this is so silly. With this logic movies like Parasite or Little Women (some of last years best movies) wouldn’t qualify for the Oscars because there’s not a diverse cast. It’s Hollywood’s job to give more POC opportunities, not the Oscars. https://t.co/WpuSaAW2mY
— Colin Williams (@ColinWilliamsMR) September 9, 2020
Communist "critical race theory" at the movies. Oscars Set race-based and other quotas, require leftist story-lines for "Best Picture" nominees https://t.co/N119Hp1XjM
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) September 9, 2020
The Left has already ruined comedy and professional sports in the name of political correctness, now they’ve got their sights set on film https://t.co/RVv0gMmXvb
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) September 9, 2020
I deleted my first tweet about the new rules for best movie OSCARS because I feel it was a poor analogy & misrepresented my viewpoint. I am 100% behind diversity inclusion & tolerance. I’m opposed to MANDATED ARBITRARY percentages relating to hiring human beings in any business.
— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) September 9, 2020
So winners will just be those who produce ‘correct ‘ films. Same here in the UK with BAFTAs. Creativity will be entirely compromised by ideological restrictions. And going woke will eventually mean going broke https://t.co/KnLmOlaE9C via @DailyMailCeleb
— Peter Whittle AM (@prwhittle) September 9, 2020
Nothing says artistic freedom like forcing social justice activism on filmmakers in order to recognize their work. https://t.co/OiIgQhR1s8
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) September 9, 2020
Under the Academy Awards’ new diversity requirements, Disney film Mulan—produced in collaboration with Chinese state entities under U.S. sanctions for complicity in ethnic cleansing of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang—would fully qualify for Best Picture Oscar.https://t.co/EUpTeqLTyp
— Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) September 9, 2020
The Oscars will now have a "diversity standards" for the best picture nominee…
So minority filmmakers will be left wondering if their movie was actually good or the Academy simply had a box to check.
Either way, I will continue to not watch.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) September 9, 2020
*Warning: Ben Shapiro Talking About Sex Again Below*
All Oscar-winners will now require a lady to f*** a fish https://t.co/OQXOxDqwI7
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 9, 2020
Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson defended the organization’s decision 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.”
This is a good thing. If you don't think so, you're just close-minded and probably not someone who deserves to be making movies. https://t.co/9bHrCCSte6
— Jesse McAnally (@JesseMcAnally) September 9, 2020