Want to win an Oscar? You’d better stick to these diversity rules

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Want to win an Oscar? You’d better stick to these diversity rules

The new ‘standards’ films must meet would have left ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Braveheart’ out in the cold

Anita Singh

Films that fail to meet diversity targets will be ineligible for the best-picture Oscar, under new rules unveiled by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Any film wishing to be considered for the industry’s highest accolade must meet at least two of four “standards” aimed at boosting minority representation on screen and behind the camera.

The on-screen standard requires that the lead or significant supporting actors must come from an under-represented racial or ethnic group, listed as Asian, Hispanic, Latinx, black or African-American, indigenous, Native American, Alaskan native, Middle Eastern, North African, native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. Alternatively, the film must show that either its subject matter or at least 30% of its supporting cast are women, from an ethnic minority, LGBTQ+ or have a disability...

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