The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday that it would be adding diversity requirements for Oscar eligibility.
According to a report from the New York Times, films submitted this year will not be affected by the development of new inclusion standards, the specifics of which remain to be seen. A task force is being put together to develop the standards by the end of July.
Additional announcements tucked into the report include word that the Best Picture category will be set at 10 total nominees, as well as an internal bylaws change that will limit terms of Board of Governors members to 12.
Earlier this week, the Academy added director Ava DuVernay and producer Lynette Howell Taylor to the aforementioned Board of Governors.
In a statement, Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said the move marks a response to the “urgent” need for addressing problems that have long been a source of widespread criticism for the Oscars.
“The need to address this issue is urgent,” Hudson said Friday. “To that end, we will amend—and continue to examine—our rules and procedures to ensure that all voices are heard and celebrated.” Additional details on the Academy’s efforts are expected to be announced soon.
As for the 2021 Oscars broadcast, no date changes or related alterations have been announced in the wake of the industry-wide pause brought on by COVID-19, though the Academy hasn’t ruled out pushing back the ceremony.
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