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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday that there will be 10 best picture nominees beginning with the 94th Academy Awards in 2022. The organization is also planning to implement new eligibility requirements with an eye toward diversity in collaboration with the Producers Guild of America that will be finalized by the end of July.
The organization that puts on the Oscars is also committing to a new phase of diversity and inclusion initiatives, which they are calling Academy Aperture 2025. The first phase, which ended this year, was in response to the #OscarsSoWhite criticisms. Academy President David Rubin said that the organization had surpassed those goals.
"While the Academy has made strides, we know there is much more work to be done in order to ensure equitable opportunities across the board," Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in a written statement. "The need to address this issue is urgent. To that end, we will amend - and continue to examine - our rules and procedures to ensure that all voices are heard and celebrated."
This is from June and certainly does not bode well for talent and achievements. It makes me feel that 13.4% of the population is demanding 50% of the spoils of the Academy. I'm feeling a political tug-of-war every year when this begins. I won't be happy until we see a lot more Hispanics and Asians in positive roles.
Of course, most will say, who cares? I look at the Oscars listings to see if I have seen each film and to mostly disagree with it. It saddens to see full-on politics take over every facet of our culture.
'to ensure that all voices are heard and celebrated'
that's outrageous! what's next! a foreign language film category?
Movies should be shown in bundles - you get to watch two, the first one is a Mongolian production, but you can't proceed to the next one before you complete the test.
I agree ... it's always been a mongolian beef of mine too
they sure do ... which films?
Don't care who makes a film, or stars in it, or what their beliefs are. If it is great art? It should be rewarded & lauded.
Give me a good noir any day.
They have not made a good movie since the eighties.
The very fact that they need to select from 10 films versus the previous 5 speaks volumes about the overall trash that is coming out of Hollywood in the last decade or more. Hollywood is devoid of original ideas and new storylines. It's VERY sad....
Lots of formulaic films. It seems like an assembly line process of old stale ideas.
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination" -Michael McClure
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