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The Oscars - you just can’t make this stuff up...!


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Starting in 2024, the Academy Awards are going WOKE!  The relevance of the Oscars has been in decline for years at this point - this might just drive the final nail in the coffin...

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/movies/2020/09/08/oscar-best-picture-hopefuls-must-meet-new-inclusion-standards-2024/5753230002/

 

 Two of the four following standards must be met in order to qualify for eligibility for the best picture award beginning with the 96th Oscars in 2024:

 

On-screen representation, themes and narratives:

The first requirement requires that at least one of the following criteria be met, including hiring "at least one of the lead actors or significant supporting actors" that belongs to a marginalized population -- Asian, Hispanic/Latinx, Black/African American, Indigenous/Native American/Alaskan Native, Middle Eastern/North African, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander or another "underrepresented race or ethnicity."  Similarly, 30% or fewer "secondary and more minor roles" must be occupied by women, people in the LGBTQ+ community or a "racial or ethnic group," as well as those "with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing."  The first standard also requires that storylines focus on the same underrepresented groups.  This standard dictates that a number of behind-the-scenes professionals must come from such underrepresented populations as well.  At least two "creative leadership positions and department heads" must be filled by those belonging to underrepresented groups, including the "casting director, cinematographer, composer, costume designer, director, editor, hairstylist, makeup artist, producer, production designer, set decorator, sound, VFX supervisor and/or writer."

 

Additionally, at least six other crew positions must be filled by those belonging to underrepresented groups. Such "positions include but are not limited to first AD, gaffer, script supervisor" and more. Production assistants are excluded.

 

Industry access and opportunities:

"The major studios/distributors are required to have substantive, ongoing paid apprenticeships/internships inclusive of underrepresented groups ..." the release explained.  Such positions must be available in several departments: Production/development, physical production, post-production, music, VFX, acquisitions, business affairs, distribution, marketing and publicity.  "Mini-major or independent studios/distributors" are required to have two such apprenticeships or internships in the "production/development, physical production, post-production, music, VFX, acquisitions, business affairs, distribution, marketing [or] publicity" departments.

 

Additionally, the film's "production, distribution and/or financing company" must offer "training and/or work opportunities for below-the-line skill development" to people belonging to underrepresented populations.

 

Audience Development:

Perhaps the most straightforward, but demanding, of the standards, "audience development" requires a studio or company to have "multiple in-house senior executives from" the outlined underrepresented groups.

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In other words, racism / bigotry / prejudice does not happen unless it is perpetrated by WASPs. We care not for who the best qualified person for any said position might be, only that something about them must be different from a heterosexual white person of European descent - you know, roughly 64% of this country's population.

 

Got it.

 

Fuck Hollywood.

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3 hours ago, B-Man said:

In other words, racism / bigotry / prejudice does not happen unless it is perpetrated by WASPs. We care not for who the best qualified person for any said position might be, only that something about them must be different from a heterosexual white person of European descent - you know, roughly 64% of this country's population.

 

Got it.

 

Fuck Hollywood.


My sentiments exactly.  Just think of some of the GREAT films that would be ineligible right out of the gate:

 

Jaws

Saving Private Ryan

Goodfellas

The Silence of the Lambs

The Pianist

Braveheart

Good Will Hunting

The Town

The Sixth Sense

The Great Escape

....I could do this all day

 

The thing I find disturbing is that it’s just the Oscars - for now.  How long until this PC agenda is crammed all the way throughout the movie making process? I would bet that before long a movie will not even be able to begin production until “all the boxes are checked”....

 

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