WEEK IN WOMEN: AAMPAS Sets New Diversity Standards for Best Picture – Brancy McDonnell reports
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its new representation and inclusion standards for Oscars eligibility in the Best Picture category.
As part of the Academy’s Aperture 2025 initiative, the standards are designed to encourage equitable representation on and off screen to better reflect the diversity of the movie-going audience, according to a news release. The Academy’s goals with Aperture 2025 are to further the dialogue and challenge its history to create a more equitable and inclusive community.
Academy governors DeVon Franklin and Jim Gianopulos headed a task force to develop the standards, which were created from a template inspired by the British Film Institute (BFI) Diversity Standards used for certain funding eligibility in the U.K. and eligibility in some categories of the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) Awards, but were adapted to serve the specific needs of the Academy. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.
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