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New Oscars standards say best picture contenders must be inclusive to compete

By Josh Rottenberg | 8 September 2020

LOS ANGELES TIMES — In the latest step in its ongoing effort to boost diversity both within its own ranks and across the film industry, on Tuesday the film academy announced new representation standards for films to be eligible to compete for best picture.

Developed over the past few months by a special task force as part of the organization’s Academy Aperture 2025 initiative, the standards encompass both representation onscreen — in the types of stories being told and the actors involved — as well as behind the scenes in the makeup of the crew and in the inclusivity of the companies involved.

To be eligible for best picture, a film must meet at least two standards across four categories: “Onscreen Representation, Themes and Narratives,” “Creative Leadership and Project Team,” “Industry Access and Opportunities” and “Audience Development.” Within each category are a variety of criteria involving the inclusion of people in underrepresented groups, including women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people and those with cognitive or physical disabilities. (Other Oscar categories will not be held to these same standards, but the contenders for best picture typically filter down to other feature-length categories.)

Previously, the only standards to qualify for best picture involved a film’s running time (over 40 minutes) and specifics about how, where and when it’s screened in a public venue. […]

12 Comments on New Oscars standards say best picture contenders must be inclusive to compete

    • Even better Whites should throw their TVs out. Selectively eatch good old movies online or via DVD. I’ve been doing this for 15 years and it’s great!

    • Thanks for sharing. Our world is being stolen from us with barley a whimper from the White culture. I guess that’s what happens when you lose your love for freedom and just “go along to get along”.

      • I’m glad that the article was, a useful read. I wrote it last January. Since the antifa-BLM riots the situation has become exponentially worse. Every casting notice is for non-Whites and sexual deviants. As my libtard actor friends find themselves suddenly uncastable, they are waking up but I fear it’s too late.

          • Hi Karen,

            You’re well out of it. I feel like I’ve been swimming in a sewer for 50 years. I had been thinking about starting a small theater but unless the corona-panic stops, I don’t see how that’s possible. Also, unless you toe the anti-White line you get no funding or reviews. And, in the current climate, there would be all sorts of sabotage against any production that was pro-White. I haven’t given up all hope but it’s gonna be a struggle.

            Just today the new president of British Equity sent out a “radical” statement on anti-racism. He in effect told all White actors to quit. The union will be promoting only POC from now on.

            BTW actors have to deal with the casting couch, too. The biz is full of homos and predatory female agents and casting directors.

            Jack

    • Again thanks for this honest look at present life in a most dishonest time. I just came across this poem by the great William Butler Yeats(1865-1939)which sure rings true, on this date in history that was another first step in changing our lives forever.

      The Second Coming

      Turning and turning in the widening gyre
      The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
      Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
      Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
      The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
      The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
      The best lack all conviction, while the worst
      Are full of passionate intensity.

      Surely some revelation is at hand;
      Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
      The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
      When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
      Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
      A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
      A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
      Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
      Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
      The darkness drops again; but now I know
      That twenty centuries of stony sleep
      Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
      And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
      Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

      • Truly great poem. So many other writers have used lines from that poem as titles to their novels etc. It is especially powerful today – 9/11. At this hour on that awful day the planes were just about to go into the Trade Center. I’ll take a minute to remember.

        Stay well

          • Yes- just another world wide concoction of celluloid & hands-on filth, lies & murder to keep our heads in the smog filled balloon of antiChrist. If the Second Coming took place at Pentecost, we have a lot of explaining to do (Christ having returned in the flesh of His people).

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