Isn’t this fun about the Oscars?

The film academy has established four broad representation categories: on screen; among the crew; at the studio; and in opportunities for training and advancement in other aspects of the film’s development and release. To be considered for best picture, films will have to meet two of the four new standards, the Academy said.

Each standard has detailed subcategories as well. To meet the onscreen representation standard, a film must either have at least one lead character or a significant supporting character be from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group; at least 30% of secondary roles must be from two underrepresented groups; or the main storyline, theme or narrative must be focused on an underrepresented group. According to the academy, underrepresented groups include women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people or people with disabilities.

By which standard Birdman would not be eligible and Gone With The Wind would be.

23 thoughts on “Isn’t this fun about the Oscars?”

  1. I’ve given up on modern cinema, instead I order a dvd from ebay for £3-5, something filmed in the 70’s or 80’s. Friday or Saturday evening I shut down the laptop and actually concentrate on the film and perhaps next day study it a bit on the internet. Any black actors in those films are not there because of a quota but because they are good actors and fit the storyline.

  2. Dennis, Pointing Out The Obvious

    The film academy has established four broad representation categories: on screen; among the crew; at the studio; and in opportunities for training and advancement in other aspects of the film’s development and release. To be considered for best picture, films will have to meet two of the four new standards, the Academy said.

    The fifth, and most important, category for consideration is that the film must be acceptable to the Chinese Communist Party.

  3. Can’t think why but that old wanky student poster springs to mind: “suppose they gave a war and nobody came”.

    Infantilised hack without a shred of talent is not an under represented group. Somebody should point this out.

  4. women, people of color,

    How teh fukc are women and ‘people of color’ under-represented in film? In America?

    Also, ‘people of color’ is a massive cop-out. You can’t say that African Americans are under-represented in film in the US. But you could continue to ignore Native American actors while pumping out the exact same mainstream films that are already, well, mainstream, and have black actors in them as a matter of course.

    So it fails right out the gate. Not only are women not under-represented in film, but you get to game the ‘PoC’ requirement by using the same, very common, ethnicities that are already being used.

  5. Andrew M
    September 9, 2020 at 11:06 am

    Where does this year’s winner, the South Korean movie Parasite, fit on that scale?

    All Asians – so its horribly racist and exclusionary because Asians are basically white.

  6. Wil films have to attract audiences that are proportionally representative of under-represented groups in order to qualify?

    ‘… a film must either have at least one lead character or a significant supporting character be from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group; at least 30% of secondary roles must be from two underrepresented groups; ‘

    ‘Racial or ethnic’ is tautological.

  7. This weekend I’ll be watching Warren Beatty’s Shampoo (1975) and Paul Newman’s The Drowning Pool (1975). Last weekend I saw Gere’s Breathless (1983) and Tom Hulce’s (where is he now?) Echo Park (1986).

    I’d like to rewatch James Toback’s Love and Money (1982), very hard to find, saw it at a cinema club at the time.

  8. “Kirstie Alley Mocks Diversity Rules for Best Picture Oscar: ‘Imagine Telling Picasso What Had to Be In His F**king Paintings’”

  9. Gamecock, easy for Kirstie Alley, where has she been lately? She was with Sydney Poitier and Tom Berenger in Deadly Pursuit (1988).

  10. Look at what just happened with Star Wars, major supporting role given to a person of colour only for him to then complain that the supporting characters weren’t fully fleshed out and did not have a solid story arc like the main characters. Clearly someone needs to explain what a supporting character is to him for a start

  11. Ummmm, perhaps he fancies himself a method actor and was looking for a backstory. A motivation. “What is my motivation in this scene?” -bollocks. In a true Rod Steiger style.

  12. Bloke in North Dorset

    As this is private companies deciding that bankruptcy is the future I don’t care what the do.

    I do care that my taxes are now being used to pay for courses for MPs and State employees which reinforce this nonsense. There’s one vid doing the rounds of a black land whale stood in front of a white board with “all whites are racists” written on it in front of a supine white audience.

    Am I glad I’m retired, if some employer told me this training was mandatory my resignation letter would have been on their desk and I’d have been out the door, fuck off money or not.

  13. Now you care, Mr in North D? Now?

    Your taxpayer funds paid for the MacPherson report.

    And that’s just the first, fairly distant, example I could think of, off the top of my head.

    This baby’s been gestating for decades.

  14. ‘This baby’s been gestating for decades.’ You are of course quite right. If I wasn’t so abysmally lazy, I would have gone into politics decades ago and nobly failed in my efforts to stop this rubbish.

  15. Am now waiting for a remake of “Schindler’s List” with a cast of black, female, one-armed, dwarves.

    I can imagine the outrage when the audiences started cheering for the SS and Totenkopfsverband.

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