Oscars Announces A Diversity And Inclusion List For All Top Movie Contenders

Oscars Announces A Diversity And Inclusion List For All Top Movie Contenders
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Earlier this month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed that diversity was going to be a new requirement in determining a film's eligibility for an Oscar. However, the new standard will not be foisted upon movies created in the past year.

This all comes after the Academy added the director, Ava DuVernay, and the producer, Lynett Howell Taylor, to top-ranking positions. Ava DuVernay and Lynett Howell Taylor were put in place in the board of governors.

Dawn Hudson, the Academy's chief executive, said in a statement that the need to fix the issue was "urgent." The chief executive went on to say that the Academy was going to continue to look at its standards and procedures to ensure that the need is met.

At the moment, it isn't known what the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will do for the future, but many believe that they're going to look at the new standards adopted by the British Film Institute. Thus far, they are the first major awards organization to adopt such standards in their selection of films.

Reportedly, movies in the UK must fit certain themes and narratives as well as "onscreen representation" of other groups. Whoopi Goldberg, who is also a member of the board of governors, will host a new panel regarding the stereotypes and racist tropes that have been used in Hollywood films for years.

As most know, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been criticized for a lack of diversity in terms of the awards handed out. Moreover, the organization has been accused of racism by big-name directors such as Spike Lee and many others.

According to the New York Times, the Academy has been making a lot of changes and taking action regarding their practices and standards. It's unclear what the next year's Oscars will look like.

The New York Times was the first outlet to report the news. For years, the Oscars have been plagued by social media users who used hash-tags such as, "#OscarsSoWhite," when their favored contenders didn't get the award.

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