“Could you imagine telling Picasso what to include in his f ** king paintings? You people have lost your mind. Check artists, check individual thoughts … OSCAR ORWELL ”, tweeted the actress known from among others Cheers and the Look Who’s Talkingseries.
The changes come after there has been much criticism of the Academy Awards in recent years, which many believe are far too white, too masculine and not inclusive and diverse enough. To be considered for a nomination, at least one actor or actress from Asian, Latino, African American, Native American, North African, Hawaiian, or other under-represented group must be featured in the film as a lead actor or as a major supporting actor. More women, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities should also be hired in the entire production team.
The new standard for inclusion and representation will be phased in during the Oscars of 2022 and 2023 and should be in full force by 2024. The most striking new rule applies to the most important Oscar, that of Best Picture. Film producers must comply with at least 50 percent of the new regulation.