Academy Awards reveal new ‘diversity requirements’ for Best Picture nominations
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced new representation and inclusion standards for Oscars eligibility in the Best Picture category as part of its ‘Academy Aperture 2025’ initiative.
According to a statement issued by The Academy, the standards are designed to encourage equitable representation on and off screen in order to better reflect the diversity of the movie-going audience. 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 also consulted with the Producers Guild of America (PGA), as it presently does for Oscars eligibility.
“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,” said Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “We believe these inclusion standards will be a catalyst for long-lasting, essential change in our industry.”
For the 94th Oscars (2022) and 95th Oscars (2023), submitting a confidential Academy Inclusion Standards form will be required for Best Picture consideration, however meeting inclusion thresholds will not be required for eligibility in the Best Picture category until the 96th Oscars (2024).
The breakdown of new requirements will focus on addressing sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender and disability across four different categories. “At least one of the lead actors or significant supporting actors is from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group,” the guidelines state. “At least 30% of all actors in secondary and more minor roles are from at least two from underrepresented groups,” it adds before directly stating that the underrepresented groups are women, racial or ethnic group, LGBTQ+ or people with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing.