In order for a production to be considered for the “Best Film” category, it must meet criteria that are included in two of the four rules: Standard A “Onscreen Representation, Themes and Narratives”, Standard B “Creative Leadership and Project Team” , Standard C “Industry Access and Opportunities” and Standard D “Audience Development”.
Each norm has criteria that require the inclusion of people from underrepresented groups, such as women, people from underrepresented ethnic or racial groups, from the LGBTQ + community, and people with physical and cognitive disabilities.
For example, Standard A provides that at least one of the main or secondary actors belongs to an ethnic or racial minority group; the distribution must be made up of 30% of the actors from at least two underrepresented groups; and / or the main theme should be centered on an underrepresented group.
For the 2022 and 2023 Oscars, a film will be entered along with a confidential Academy Inclusion Standards form, although compliance with the inclusion ceiling will not be required until 2024, at the 96th ceremony.
So far, this is the only Oscar category to which the new rules apply.
AMPAS President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said: “The openness needs to be greater to reflect the diverse global population in both filmmaking and audiences. The academy is committed to playing a vital role in supporting this to become a reality. “
The new rules were drafted by a working group led by Academy governors DeVon Franklin and Jim Gianopulos. A model inspired by the British Film Institute Diversity Standards was used, used for eligibility for funding and for certain categories of the BAFTA awards, and AMPAS also consulted with the Producers Guild of America.