Oscars Increase Best Picture Nominees, Announce Plans to Increase Diversity

Oscars Increase Best Picture Nominees, Announce Plans to Increase Diversity”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Friday that it is working to ensure that films eligible for Oscars meet an array of diversity and inclusion requirements.

To further more diverse representation at the Oscars, the Academy and the Producers Guild of America (PGA), are creating a task force of industry leaders "to develop and implement new representation and inclusion standards for Oscars eligibility by July 31, 2020".

Eligibility for next year's 93rd Academy Awards will not be affected. It will "encourage equitable hiring practices and representation on and off screen in order to better reflect the diversity of the film community", to start with. "To that end, we will amend - and continue to examine - our rules and procedures to ensure that all voices are heard and celebrated".

The Academy also passed a resolution enacting maximum term limits for its governors.

In addition, beginning with the 94th Academy Awards in 2022, there will be 10 Best Picture nominees, rather than a fluctuating number of nominations from year to year. She recently backed up David Oyelowo's assertion that members of the academy threatened to squash Selma's awards chances after they wore T-shirts with the words "I Can't Breathe" to the film's NY premiere in 2014 in honor of Eric Garner. According to a report, the new plans are aimed towards increasing diversity in the film community.

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Yearly unconscious bias training will be mandatory for all Academy governors, branch executive committee members and Academy staff moving forward.

"Aperture 2025" comes after the Academy doubled the number of women and people of color in its membership and promises many phases and programs to address the institutionalized inequality within the industry.

There will also be a series of "conversations" about "race, ethnicity, history, opportunity, and the art of filmmaking", including one hosted by Whoopi Goldberg - one of the governors and a co-host of The View - on the "lasting impact of racist tropes and harmful stereotypes in Hollywood films".

"In the more than 90 years of the Oscars, no Black director has ever won the Best Director award, no Black women have been nominated in that category, and only two films by Black directors have been awarded Best Picture: Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave and Barry Jenkins' Moonlight."

"We're having ongoing discussions about all of this because we don't have a crystal ball right now", Hudson told The Times in late April. "That's really all we can do right now".

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