The Academy Award Board of Governors is on the process to work out the details of the changes but the new rules will not be effective this year. They announced Friday a handful of efforts to improve diversity within its organization and for the Oscars themselves to cite better potentials and thorough deliberation in all fairness.
The annual telecast will be postponed due to the pandemic but the academy is planning to add work force to develop and create new diverse standards for Oscar eligibility by the end of July. Although the academy has not release the details but films submitted this year will not be affected. The organization also announced that the best picture category will be set at 10 films rather than the fluctuating number of nominations that has been in effect since the 2010 Oscars.
Due to the new rules and standards, the organization’s Board of Governors amended its bylaws to limit the number of terms each governor may serve on the board to a maximum of 12.
Questions were raised, and some movie critics seems confuse of it’s unclear diversity requirements will entail but the academy could take a page from its brethren in Britain.
Moreover, British Film Institute became the first major awards body to introduce diversity in the criteria into its eligibility requirements for the movie entries and nominees last 2019. Consequently, all entries in two British film categories, outstanding British film and outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer, are now required to increase representation to meet at least two of four diversity standards. Set standards have calibrated new breeds of opportunities for film makers and actors respectively.
“The need to address this issue is urgent,” the academy’s chief executive, Dawn Hudson, said in a statement. “To that end, we will amend — and continue to examine — our rules and procedures to ensure that all voices are heard and celebrated.”
The initiative is inspired in “Academy Aperture 2025,” will also include a series of panels titled “Academy Dialogue: It Starts with Us” for members and the public on race, ethnicity and history. On the other hand, a dialogue conversation led by Whoopi Goldberg, a member of the board of governors, will center on the impact of racist tropes and harmful stereotypes in Hollywood films. This entails the better quality and metamorphosis of films at this very generation.
With these changes, the initiative will broaden the perspective. The funding will go to the academy’s Los Angeles museum and its collections and programs. To wit, the museum has an amount of $388 million for funding of necessary expenses for the pandemic.
Last 2016, The academy’s membership was strongly criticized in the second year in a row that the organization did not nominate any actors of color for Oscars and overlooked films that focused on black characters for best-picture nominations. Humiliated by the resulting #OscarsSoWhite outrage, academy leaders vowed to double the number of people of color and women members by 2020. Majority of the nominees have expressed their support to the sentiments of the community in color for the biases.
In 2015, 8 percent were people of color, and 25 percent were women. As of last year, people of color made up 16 percent of the membership, according to the academy, and women made up 32 percent.
On Wednesday, the academy announced its new board of governors, adding the director Ava DuVernay to its ranks in addition to the 2020 Oscars producer Lynette Howell Taylor, increasing the number of female Academy governors to 26 out of 54, and people of color to 12.