Starting in 2024, the Oscars will introduce new rules that “best picture must include women and minorities or minorities,” and the Academy Award for best picture will go to a more diverse audience , both on-screen and behind-the-scenes, Bloomberg reported.
The new Oscar rules state that a film must comply with two of the four diversity categories to qualify for the Best Picture award, for example, in order to qualify for the “representation on screen” category, the film must include a minority starring (Asian/Hispanic/Black/Indian Native/Middle East North Africa/Hawaii Native or other islander/other minority), or focus the plot on an underrepresented minority group.
For years, Oscars have been criticized for being too white and mascust. At the 2020 awards ceremony, only one non-white actor was considered for the Best Actor award, and mainstream films are mostly about men. Cynthia Errivo was the only black actress nominated for Best Actress and played a black slave.
“The winning group must expand to reflect the diversity we have between film creation and audience,” Said Doug Hudson, CEO of the Academy of Film Arts and Sciences, the Oscar sponsor, in a statement.
Other categories that Oscar also considers when considering diversity include whether the leadership and project teams are diverse, whether the distribution or financial companies behind the film provide opportunities for underrepresented minority groups, and whether studios are actively looking for non-white, female, LGBTQ-plus or disabled audiences.