Oscars: nominees for “best film” must meet diversity criteria


After several years of having to endure much criticism for its lack of diversity, especially following the #OscarsSoWhite movement in 2015, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has taken action. As reported by Wall Street Journal September 8, from now on, to be able to appear in the category “Best film” at the Oscars, a feature film will have to meet certain criteria of diversity.

These criteria will come into effect in view of the 2024 Oscars ceremony, while the 2021 ceremony has been postponed to April 25, 2021, and must allow the acceleration of a transformation in Hollywood. If, in recent years, efforts have been made by the world of cinema and entertainment to include more individuals from ethnic and sexual minorities, criticism continues to mount, denouncing in particular a predominance of actors and personalities of color. white.

Actors and technical teams from minorities

Tuesday, September 8, the Academy of Oscars unveiled a fairly long list of criteria to which films must submit to be more “inclusive” and compete in the category “Best film”. Criteria which also concern both films and film sets, specifies the American daily. To be eligible for appointment, at least two of the four new general criteria must be met. Among them: having at least one protagonist from a racial or ethnic minority, choosing a cast in which at least 30% of the secondary roles are played by actors from usually under-represented groups, and / or telling a story whose the plot is centered on these minority groups.

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But what happens offscreen is also important to the Academy. Also, films will be eligible which, for example, hire individuals from minorities for their technical teams, or production companies among which a certain number of representatives working in marketing or advertising come from these groups. . In 2022 and 2023, films wishing to be nominated for “Best film” will have to present supporting documents showing that they have met the new criteria of the Academy, before these become compulsory for the edition of after.

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