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The New Oscars Diversity Requirements
Sep 10, 2020 at 12:21 PM
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The Quick Facts

  • The Oscars recently added a diversity requirement for films that aim to qualify for "Best Picture." Films must include at least one lead or significant supporting role from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group (Asian, Hispanic, Black, Indigenous, Native American, Middle Eastern, North African, native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.)
  • Alternatively, a film can meet the requirement by casting 30% of secondary roles from two underrepresented groups (women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, or people with disabilities), or by highlighting underrepresented groups through a main storyline.
  • This is one of a series of initiatives implemented by the Academy and movie studios in response to the 2015 #OscarsSoWhite backlash.
  • The new diversity standards will go into effect starting with the 2024 Academy Awards.

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The New York Times

The Oscars’ New Diversity Rules Are Sweeping but Safe

Kyle Buchanan
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The Guardian

The Oscars' new diversity rules are all well and good, but will they make any difference?

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National Review

Academy Awards Quotas: Backlash Imminent

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The Washington Examiner

The academy institutionalizes tokenism

Becket Adams
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