A new rule that requires films competing for the best-picture Oscar starting in 2024 to have more diverse casts and crews is revealing how divided Hollywood is on the issue of inclusion.
The mandate, made in a surprise Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announcement late Tuesday, drew swift criticism, and praise. Actress Kirstie Alley called it “dictatorial” in a tweet, while actor James Woods said the rule was “madness.” Meanwhile, film critics lauded the move, with one writing in Variety that it’s “the single bravest act I’ve witnessed from an awards body that I’ve loved my entire life.”
Though most in Hollywood agree that having movies that tell a wide range of stories, with a diverse set of characters, is a worthy goal, the industry has long struggled with making that a reality. Some, like Alley, oppose quotas, while others have argued they’re the only way to effect change. The debate reflects a broader reckoning with the issue of inclusion throughout the U.S., which has gained more attention after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, in police custody.
“We are in a hyper-political times. I’m sure that some people will be in an uproar,” said Patrick Gomez, editor in chief of the A.V. Club, a pop-culture website. “I do have faith that this was done in an effort to create lasting change.”
I’ve been in the motion picture Academy for 40 years. The Academy celebrates freedom of UNBRIDLED artistry expressed through movies. The new RULES to qualify for “best picture” are dictatorial .. anti-artist..Hollywood you’re swinging so far left you’re bumping into your own ass3:44 AM · Sep 9, 2020
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