The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science has finally announced inclusion as a requirement for films to get Oscars nods. Five years ago, #OscarsSoWhite hashtag triggered a controversy that has now led the organizers to change the eligibility criteria. According to the announcement made on Tuesday, certain criteria in terms of representation must be fulfilled for the Academy Award for best picture, beginning in 2024.
The new requirements come under the initiative called Aperture 2025, which aims to "encourage equitable representation on and off screen in order to better reflect the diversity of the movie-going audience." Reportedly, the changes have been made in consultation with the Producers Guild of America and adapted from standards developed by the British Film Institute.
The New Criteria Will Be Imposed From 2024
According to a report by CNN, the films from 2024 will need to meet at least two of four benchmarks, including actors from under-represented groups in significant roles or accounting for at least 30% of the cast. Similar criteria have been mentioned for the film crew which states, "a significant commitment to paid apprenticeships, internships and career development; and significant representation among the teams devoted to marketing, publicity and distribution." Meanwhile, for Oscar 2022 and 2023, filmmakers will have to submit a confidential "inclusion standards" form.
Filmmaker Onir Praised The Academy's Decision
Reacting to the news Bollywood filmmaker Onir took to Twitter and praised the decision. He said, "Wow this is historic. Another step towards a world where inclusion does not have to be imposed but will happen naturally as empowerment and equal opportunity becomes a way of life. I think it is so important to have more diverse representation in any decision making body."
The Academy Has Invited 819 New Members
Earlier The Academy had talked about expanding its membership ranks, admitting more women and people of colour. Back in June, a list of new invitees was made public, which showed an additional 819 new members with 45% of them women and 36% people of colour. Oscars 2020 made history when South Korean film Parasite was awarded best picture, becoming the first non-English-language film to win the award.