Academy Awards Creates New Representation Standards

The Oscars, the premier platform awarding achievements in the film industry, will now require certain representation standards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday, according to CNN.

What We Know:

  • Following efforts to diversify Hollywood and create a better sense of inclusion in the film industry, the Academy Awards has created a new criteria to be eligible for its highest honor, the Best Picture award.
  • The initiative, titled Aperture 2025, will require films hoping to be eligible for the award to meet representation standards by the 2024 award ceremony. The goal, the organization says, is to “encourage equitable representation on and off screen in order to better reflect the diversity of the movie-going audience”.
  • In order to qualify, films must meet two of four inclusion standards. These include featuring actors from underrepresented groups in significant roles or accounting for at least 30% of the cast; similar criteria for those working behind the scenes; creating paid apprenticeships and internships; and representation among marketing, publicity and distribution teams.

  • Though films will begin submitting an “inclusion standards” form in 2022 and 2023, the new standards will not go into effect until the following year, the 96th Academy Awards.

The decision follows a similar format as that of the British Film Institute whose standards must be met to receive funding from the U.K government.