Friday, May 7, 2021

Academy Announces New ‘Inclusion’ Guidelines for Best Picture Category

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*The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has flipped the script on the Best Picture Oscar nomination eligibility. Film wanting to be considered for this category must prove they are inclusive on and off-screen

The new inclusion standards are outlined in the Academy Aperture 2025 initiative, PEOPLE reports. 

The new changes will be required for contenders in the Best Picture category beginning with the 96th Academy Awards, set to air in 2024.

“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. The Academy is committed to playing a vital role in helping make this a reality,” said Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.

The statement added, “We believe these inclusion standards will be a catalyst for long-lasting, essential change in our industry.”

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Here’s more about the new guidelines from a report on

Under the new guidelines for Best Picture eligibility, films must meet two of four standards which are on-screen representation, themes, and narratives; creative leadership and project team; industry access and opportunities; and audience development.

In terms of on-screen representation, films must have at least one of the lead actors or significant supporting actors represent an underrepresented racial group, with at least 30 percent of all actors in minor roles from underrepresented groups.

As a way to push for more diversity and inclusion behind the cameras, creative leadership on films is encouraged to be made up of women, underrepresented racial or ethnic group, a part of the LGBTQ+ community or people with disabilities.

30 percent of the film’s crew is encouraged to be made up of underrepresented communities, as well.

Films can also quality for a Best Picture nomination if it features representation from LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities in paid apprenticeships and internships.

The Academy would also like to see more people of color in positions of marketing, publicity and distribution of films.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.



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