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What New Oscars Requirements For Representation And Inclusion Might Look Like




Oscars statuettes are on display backstage during the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California.
Oscars statuettes are on display backstage during the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California.
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The Oscars are implementing some big changes, including a set number of best picture nominees and to-be-determined representation and inclusion standards for eligibility.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced last week that there will be 10 best picture nominees beginning with the 94th Academy Awards in 2022. The organization is also planning to implement new eligibility requirements with an eye toward diversity in collaboration with the Producers Guild of America that will be finalized by the end of July. Neither change will impact the 93rd Academy Awards set to be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 2021, because it is already deep into the eligibility calendar. The first phase, which ended this year, was in response to the #OscarsSoWhite criticisms. A newly established Office of Representation, Inclusion and Equity will oversee the Aperture 2025 initiative and be headed by Academy COO Christine Simmons.The Academy also said that it is continuing efforts to increase diversity in its membership ranks. The new class will be announced in July. 

Today on FilmWeek, we’ll look at the proposed changes from the Academy and talk about what might be included among the new requirements for the Oscars inclusion standards.

With files from the Associated Press

Guests:

John Horn, host of KPCC’s arts and entertainment show “The Frame”; he tweets @JGHorn

Darnell Hunt, dean of social sciences and professor of sociology and African-American studies at UCLA; he is the author of UCLA’s annual Hollywood Diversity Report; he tweets @darnell_hunt