The Oscars are putting the “Diverse” in Diversity

The Oscars are putting the Diverse in Diversity

The Oscars are known for being one of the most important awards shows for cinematic masterpieces. But recently they’re being known for changing the rules regarding diversity among the film industry.

Director Matthew A. Cherry and producer Karen Rupert Toliver, winners of the Animated Short Film award for “Hair Love,” pose in the press room during the 92nd Annual Academy Awards. Source: Getty Images

The Oscars have been getting backlash recently for supposedly “nominating the second all-white group” which lead to activist April Reign’s #OscarsSoWhite hashtag trending on Twitter. The academy did indeed have inclusion rules for the award ceremony, but they’re taking it up a notch adding in a more diverse intention. By 2024, the guidelines put in will take affect.

The first set of the 96th Annual Oscars Awards (2024), is that a film must meet TWO out of FOUR standards to be deemed eligible. (These are under all of the lists of standards for different categories.)

At least one or both of these need to be included:

  • Underrepresented races or ethnicity
  • Female
  •  LGBTQ+
  • People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing
Regina King accepts the Actress in a Supporting Role award for ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2019. Source: Getty Images

The Oscars are making these changes to put an end to being known for only representing the “all-white groups.” They want the underrepresented groups of people to be seen instead of staying behind the scenes of beautiful, well-made movies. Being one of the most prestigious awards for an actor or actress to get, the Oscars are taking accountability and changing the way they want to be viewed to the public eye. It may take us 4 years for those rules to be implied into the Oscar award shows, it may not even have a great impact, but for the Academy, sometimes change is for the better.

So, what are your opinions on the Oscars changing their rules to include other groups of people? Do you think their changes for the future are good or bad?