The Oscars Academy Announces New Criteria Films Must Meet To Win Best Picture

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which oversees the Oscars, one of the most prestigious film awards, announced on Tuesday its new representation and inclusion standards that films must follow to nominate themselves for the Best Picture Award.
The new standards currently only apply for the Best Picture category. The academy said that the new standards were being introduced to promote equal representation on and off screen in order to increase diversity in the movie industry. This move is expected to increase the number of women and people from underrepresented ethnic or racial communities in the movie industry. The Oscars have often been criticized of not nominating enough actors of color or gender and with these new standards they expect to address the issue.
As per the new standards, for the 94th Oscars (2022) and 95th Oscars (2023), submitting a confidential Academy Inclusion Standards form will be required. However, meeting inclusion thresholds will not be required for eligibility in the Best Picture category until the 96th Oscars (2024).
These new standards include having at least one lead or significant supporting actors from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group (Asian, Hispanics, Black/African American), having at least 30 per cent of all actors in secondary and minor roles from at least two of the underrepresented categories (women, racial or ethnic group, LGBTQ+ etc.) and having the main storyline, theme or narrative of the film centered around an underrepresented group. These three conditions are part of standard A and at least one condition of the three must be met.
There are around four standards and the other three are related to leadership and the project team( Standard B), industry access and opportunities ( Standard C) and audience development ( Standard D).
With these new standards, The Academy expects to solve the controversies it has always found itself surrounded with i.e. lack of nomination of people from different races, color, gender and communities.

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