*Attorney Antonio Moore critiques the new Academy Award Oscar Diversity Plan’s criteria for Best Picture that starts in 2024. Moore argues that it is a way to continue cutting out Black America. Do you agree?
According to the New York Post:
Starting with the March 2024 awards, movies will not be considered for a Best Picture nomination unless they meet two out of four standards.
One of them is featuring a lead or significant supporting character from an “underrepresented racial or ethnic group,” have a main storyline that focuses on an underrepresented group, or at least 30% of the cast comes from two or more underrepresented groups (women, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ or the disabled).
White men can be LGBTQ, White men can be disabled, White men can be married to women. This is a whole mess by the #oscars @TheAcademy. Affirmative action was created for #ados Black Americans to answer in part for the cost of slavery on that specific group. pic.twitter.com/mfdKbJYjSE
— Antonio Moore (@tonetalks) June 18, 2023
More from the NY Post:
According to Newsweek, past nominees “Ford v Ferrari,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “American Hustle” and “Joker” also would not have cleared the Best Picture bar.
“Imagine if great films were not made because of studio or corporate mandates that every film has to conform to the [inclusionary] standard for a Best Picture nomination?” the director said.
Besides casting, a film can meet standards by having people from underrepresented ethnic or racial groups involved in the making or creation of the movie, paid internships and training opportunities, and working on publicity, marketing or distribution.
Still, a film critic and historian who’s a member of the Academy describes the new criteria as “bold and audacious,” adding that it’s also groundbreaking in a way that can be tough to navigate.
“I’ve never witnessed such a thing happening in the world of the arts,” he told The Post. “I’ve never seen restrictions out on what you can do if you want to receive a certain recognition [for one’s art].”
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