‘Madness’: Academy announces new diversity inclusion requirements to receive an Oscar


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The nation has long since figured out that affirmative action is a failure, but elitist Hollywood liberals out of touch with mainstream America apparently didn’t get the memo.

Surrendering to the left’s #OscarsSoWhite campaign, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided awards will no longer go to the best movies, actors and production staff, unless the films includes an acceptable representation of people of color.

In an effort to increase representation and inclusion in Hollywood, the Academy has announced a set of diversity requirements for films to be eligible for an Oscar.

In a statement released online, Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said: “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. We believe these inclusion standards will be a catalyst for long-lasting, essential change in our industry.”

Beginning with 2024’s slate of entries, the Academy is limiting Best Picture award nominees to those who meet requirements that “encourage equitable representation on and off screen,” according to Fox News. The goal is to ensure people of color fill more positions on a set, from the starring role to interns and everything in between.

For 2022 and 2023, a confidential Academy Inclusion Standards form is required to be submitted, though there may be some leeway in fully complying with established thresholds.

Turns out, Hollywood looked to the Brits for guidance.

“Academy governors DeVon Franklin and Jim Gianopulos headed a task force to develop the standards that were created from a template inspired by the British Film Institute (BFI) Diversity Standards used for certain funding eligibility in the UK and eligibility in some categories of the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) Awards, but were adapted to serve the specific needs of the Academy,” the Academy said in a release. “The Academy also consulted with the Producers Guild of America (PGA), as it presently does for Oscars eligibility.”

Requirements are from four categories, with films being required to adhere to two of the four to be deemed eligible:

On-screen representation, themes and narratives

Creative leadership and project team

Industry access and opportunities

Audience Development

 

Films must meet one of three requirements, which are to have at least one lead actor or significant supporting actor from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups — a list of acceptable racial demographics is included, have 30% of all actors in secondary and minor roles from these groups, or that the main storyline, theme or narrative of the film is centered on underrepresented groups.

Entries must also meet one of the following requirements: Two underrepresented groups are represented in creative leadership positions and department heads; film crew and technical positions include six people; or 30% of the film’s overall crew is either women, racial or ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ or people with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing.

And that’s just scratching the surface of the detailed requirements shared.

As for the reaction from rational-minded actors, James Woods responded with just one word: “Madness.”

Actress Kirstie Alley was a little more vocal in her opposition, labeling the changes as “dictatorial,” and “anti-artist.”

In responding to a tweet from Richard Grenell, the former Acting Director of National Intelligence, actor Nick Searcy took it further: “Hollywood has destroyed itself. It will never recover.”

Here’s a quick sampling of some other responses to the story from Twitter:

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