The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced new inclusion and representation standards for Best Picture eligibility.

Per a press release shared late Tuesday, the Academy—including governors DeVon Franklin and Jim Gianopulos—consulted with the Producers Guild of America and also used a British Film Institute-inspired template. Per Academy president David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson's joint statement, the new standards are part of their push for long-term change in the film industry.

"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," Rubin and Hudson said on Tuesday. "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."

While submitting an Academy Inclusion Standards form will be required for Best Picture consideration for both the 94th and 95th Oscars ceremony in 2022 and 2023, respectively, meeting the thresholds will not be required for eligibility until 2024. At that point, a film must meet two out of the four standards to be considered eligible for Best Picture.

Below, see an extended breakdown of those standards, per the Academy:

STANDARD A:  ON-SCREEN REPRESENTATION, THEMES AND NARRATIVES
To achieve Standard A, the film must meet ONE of the following criteria:

A1. Lead or significant supporting actors

At least one of the lead actors or significant supporting actors is from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group.

  • • Asian
  • • Hispanic/Latinx
  • • Black/African American
  • • Indigenous/Native American/Alaskan Native
  • • Middle Eastern/North African
  • • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
  • • Other underrepresented race or ethnicity

A2. General ensemble cast

At least 30 percent of all actors in secondary and more minor roles are from at least two of the following underrepresented groups:

  • • Women
  • • Racial or ethnic group
  • • LGBTQ+
  • • People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing

A3. Main storyline/subject matter

The main storyline(s), theme or narrative of the film is centered on an underrepresented group(s).

  • • Women
  • • Racial or ethnic group
  • • LGBTQ+
  • • People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing

STANDARD B: CREATIVE LEADERSHIP AND PROJECT TEAM
To achieve Standard B, the film must meet ONE of the criteria below:

B1. Creative leadership and department heads

At least two of the following creative leadership positions and department heads—Casting Director, Cinematographer, Composer, Costume Designer, Director, Editor, Hairstylist, Makeup Artist, Producer, Production Designer, Set Decorator, Sound, VFX Supervisor, Writer—are from the following underrepresented groups:

  • • Women
  • • Racial or ethnic group
  • • LGBTQ+
  • • People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing

At least one of those positions must belong to the following underrepresented racial or ethnic group:

  • • Asian
  • • Hispanic/Latinx
  • • Black/African American
  • • Indigenous/Native American/Alaskan Native
  • • Middle Eastern/North African
  • • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
  • • Other underrepresented race or ethnicity

B2. Other key roles
At least six other crew/team and technical positions (excluding Production Assistants) are from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group. These positions include but are not limited to First AD, Gaffer, Script Supervisor, etc.

B3. Overall crew composition
At least 30% of the film’s crew is from the following underrepresented groups:

  • • Women
  • • Racial or ethnic group
  • • LGBTQ+
  • • People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing

STANDARD C:  INDUSTRY ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITIES
To achieve Standard C, the film must meet BOTH criteria below:

C1. Paid apprenticeship and internship opportunities

The film’s distribution or financing company has paid apprenticeships or internships that are from the following underrepresented groups and satisfy the criteria below:

  • • Women
  • • Racial or ethnic group
  • • LGBTQ+
  • • People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing

The major studios/distributors are required to have substantive, ongoing paid apprenticeships/internships inclusive of underrepresented groups (must also include racial or ethnic groups) in most of the following departments: production/development, physical production, post-production, music, VFX, acquisitions, business affairs, distribution, marketing and publicity.

The mini-major or independent studios/distributors must have a minimum of two apprentices/interns from the above underrepresented groups (at least one from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group) in at least one of the following departments: production/development, physical production, post-production, music, VFX, acquisitions, business affairs, distribution, marketing and publicity.

C2. Training opportunities and skills development (crew)

The film’s production, distribution and/or financing company offers training and/or work opportunities for below-the-line skill development to people from the following underrepresented groups:

  • • Women
  • • Racial or ethnic group
  • • LGBTQ+
  • • People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing
     

STANDARD D: AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT
To achieve Standard D, the film must meet the criterion below:

D1. Representation in marketing, publicity, and distribution

The studio and/or film company has multiple in-house senior executives from among the following underrepresented groups (must include individuals from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups) on their marketing, publicity, and/or distribution teams.
• Women
• Racial or ethnic group, i.e.

  • Asian
  • Hispanic/Latinx
  • Black/African American
  • Indigenous/Native American/Alaskan Native
  • Middle Eastern/North African
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
  • ​Other underrepresented race or ethnicity

• LGBTQ+
• People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing

For more info on this and other plans as part of the Academy Aperture 2025 initiative, click here.

Originally scheduled for Feb. 28 of next year, the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony will now take place on April 25 due to COVID-19.

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