The conversation around colour, inclusion and diversity that was on for ages received a tremendous momentum recently. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science (Oscars) has also decided to be an active part of this change. After announcing that there will be diversity aspect added to the Oscars run in June, the Academy has now imposed rules and revealed how it would do the same. Read on to know what’s new at the prestigious gala that the world waits for every year.
The new set of rules will come in effect from the 96th Oscars, which is 2024. Any film that wants to run for the Best Picture category will have to qualify the inclusion standards both on-screen and behind the camera too. The critical point of these standards is that at least one of the leads or the main supporting cast should be from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group. This can be Asian, the Black community, Hawaiian and others.
While on that, The Oscars will also have alternatives in the inclusion standards. As per which the supporting cast or the minor roles should comprise 30 per cent of actors including women, people from the LGBTQ+ community, and underrepresented racial group or people with physical disabilities. There is also an alternative that the main storyline can revolve around the underrepresented groups.
In a statement as per Variety, the academy’s president, David Rubin, and chief executive, Dawn Hudson said, “The aperture must widen to reflect our diverse global population in both the creation of motion pictures and in the audiences who connect with them.”
While the inclusion standards will come in power in 2024, for Oscars 2022 and Oscars 2023, the makers will have to submit an inclusion form to get qualified.