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The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced new criteria for selecting films to be nominated for an Oscar in the Best Picture category. This was reported on its official website.
The new standards, it says, are designed to encourage equal representation of different groups on and off the screen to better reflect the diversity of audiences that go to the movies.
In order for a picture to qualify for an Oscar in one of the most prestigious categories, it must meet at least two of the four criteria presented by the academy.
For example, Standard A stipulates that one of the leading or supporting actors must be from a racial or ethnic minority (Asian, Hispanic / Hispanic, Black, Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, etc.) according to the list provided).
If this cannot be done, then at least a third of the rest of the cast should be women, racial, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ + or people with disabilities.
Similar requirements will apply to creative and technical personnel – directors, screenwriters, composers, costume designers, make-up artists and so on. In addition, according to the new rules, studios must hire and pay for several women, ethnic groups, members of the LGBTQ + community and people with disabilities for internships.
As stated in the message, for the 94th “Oscars” (2022) and 95th (2023) will need to fill out a confidential standards form to consider the application for the best picture. Compliance with the criteria will become mandatory at the 96th Oscars (2024).
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