- Dec 21, 2002
- Real Name
- Jake Lipson
Deadline said:As promised when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its Academy Aperture 2025 initiative in June, new standards of representation and inclusion have been announced by AMPAS today that will gradually be put in place for the 94th (2022) and 95th (2023) Oscars but in full effect beginning with the 96th Academy in 2024. In its most dramatic swing toward true diversity, Oscar is laying down significant requirements in order to be eligible for Hollywood’s most sought-after prize: Best Picture.
Having at least one Asian, Hispanic/Latinx, Black/African American, Indigenous/Native American/Alaskan Native, Middle Eastern/North African, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander or unspecified other underrepresented race or ethnicity as a “lead or significant supporting actor” is a potential requirement under the new guidelines, with those ethnicities also mentioned for prominent production and marketing jobs. Additionally, employing women, LGBTQ+, members of a racial or ethnic group, and people with cognitive or physical disabilities or who are deaf or hard of hearing might be required for at least 30% of actors in secondary and more minor roles; having a storyline centered on an underrepresented group; hiring creative leadership and department heads; maintaining least 30% crew composition; paid internships; and representation in marketing and distribution also are potential areas in order to be a Best Picture contender. Producers don’t have to meet all of the requirements of the new doctrine, just half.
More at the link: https://deadline.com/2020/09/academy-shakes-oscar-best-picture-eligibility-1234573172/
I think this is a terrible idea. To be clear, I absolutely think that diversity in film in front of and behind the camera is important. But the way to have great representation moving forward is to hire talented people to tell the stories they are passionate about in an authentic manner. I don't like the idea of the Academy telling producers what movies have to be like in order to be eligible, because that actually limits potential creativity. It is important that diverse people are hired to do what they are good at because they are good at it, and not because they are a token participant to fill some awards eligibility quota. This is a nice idea in theory, but I'm not sure this plan is the best way to address it.
There were also a bunch of really good movies last year which do meet these eligibility requirements but didn't get nominated for anything, and since some of them were smaller films, I'm not sure they were seen. Queen & Slim, The Farewell, Clemency and Just Mercy come to mind, where they absolutely checked all of these boxes but didn't necessarily have a huge promotional push, and it's very possible that the voters didn't see them. So part of the problem is making sure the voters have access to and awareness of as many different films as possible, and that they want to make time to watch them. It's not that these films didn't exist, but all of the hype around the other contenders made it more difficult for them to cut through the clutter.
We'll see what happens.