In its latest announcement, the Academy said it was introducing eligibility requirements for the best picture award "to encourage equitable representation on and off screen in order to better reflect the diversity of the movie-going audience".It lists in detail the underrepresented groups - which include women, racial and ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities.It lays out the following areas where such groups need to be involved:On-screen acting and storylines, "including at least one of the lead actors or significant supporting actors is from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group"Creative leadership positions, departmental heads and crew compositionPaid apprenticeships, internships and trainingAudience development, from publicity and marketing to distributionThese detailed requirements will only apply to films made in 2024 for the awards ceremony in 2025, and beyond. Until then, films from 2021 will be required to submit an Academy Inclusion Standards form."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," Academy President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said in a joint statement."The Academy is committed to playing a vital role in helping make this a reality. We believe these inclusion standards will be a catalyst for long-lasting, essential change in our industry."
It most definitely all about the leftist holy grail of diversity. That means they're no longer going to pick the BEST picture, they're going to pick the most DIVERSELY PRODUCED picture. Hollyweird has surrendered to the PC Police and the SJW's. They're going to reward PC, and NOT excellence!