Oscars will demand diversity standards from films starting in 2024

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The Oscars will substantially modify their regulations to require that the films nominated for best picture meet minimum requirements for inclusion and racial diversity , the Hollywood Academy announced on Tuesday.

Such inclusion standards (Academy Inclusion Standards) will not be strictly applied until the 2024 awards but will be contemplated from 2022, while in the imminent edition they will not be considered since the vast majority of aspiring film projects are released and / or rolled.

Among the requirements – which should not be met all – we will find scales such as that at least one of the protagonists represents minorities, or that 30% of the secondary cast does, as well as that the technical team behind the cameras also complies with that percentage .

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“We believe these standards of inclusion will be a catalyst for essential and lasting change in our industry,” said institution president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson in a joint statement.

The announcement comes in the heat of the racial protests in the US and after several years in which the Hollywood Academy has received criticism for the lack of diversity among its nominees, which on the other hand reflected the dynamics of work in the audiovisual industry U.S.

According to the directors, the new regulation is an “opening” that aims to make films recognized at the Oscars “reflect a diverse global population” both when creating films and when presenting them to the audience.

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For the Oscars of 2022 and 2023, all the films that want to compete will deliver a token showing the requirements they meet , although they will not be required until 2024.

The Hollywood Academy has stipulated that aspiring productions for best film must meet at least two out of four standards, which are: Screen representation, creative team, opportunities for access to the audiovisual industry and / or promotion of audiences.

For the section on screen representation and narrative , the film will have to include one of the following three criteria: That one of its protagonists is from a racial minority, that 30% of the secondary cast is from underrepresented groups or that the plot is focus on the history of one of these groups.

For the creative team section , the three criteria among which you must meet one are: At least two of the creative management positions must be from underrepresented groups, that are part of six lower positions or that, at least, 30 % of the team is from those groups.

Likewise, the standards for access opportunities and for the development / promotion of audiences require that the positions of scholarship holders and apprentices or of managers and publicists of each project contemplate these diversity criteria.

By racial minority the Academy cites: Asian, Latino / Hispanic, Black / African American, Indian, Middle Eastern, Native Hawaiian or Pacific, and “other underrepresented ethnicities or races .”

By groups underrepresented on the screen it is understood: Women, racial minorities, LGBTQ + group or people with diverse capacities.

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