A new set of diversity requirements will be introduced for Oscars nomination eligibility, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced recently. Further details are yet to be revealed, and the rules won’t come into effect this year.
As part of an initiative called “Academy Aperture 2025,” the organization is introducing the standards mentioned above. Meanwhile, Ava DuVernay and Lynette Howell Taylor have joined the Academy’s Board of Governors.
Another big change has been issued in the Best Picture category, the number of nominations for this category has been increased to 10, along with the launch of a series of panels entitled Academy Dialogue: It Starts With Us. The panels focus on race, ethnicity, and history, with each member on the Board of Governors only being able to serve a maximum of 12 terms.
The Academy’s chief executive, Dawn Hudson, said in a statement: “The need to address this issue is urgent. To that end, we will amend — and continue to examine — our rules and procedures to ensure that all voices are heard and celebrated.”