A half decade ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the "Academy") got chastised for allowing its crown jewel awards ceremony, the Oscars, to award primarily white men. This chastisement was memorialized in the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.
Now, five years later, in an effort to address such concerns, the Academy has adopted the "Aperture 2025" initiative, requiring any film that seeks to win its biggest award "Best Picture" to meet certain inclusion and representation quotas.
What's the legality of such a requirement? How effective is it likely to be? And just who did Hollywood copy for this one?
The Academy has an Oscar, but could probably also use a Felix...in Virtual Legality.
#Oscars #Inclusion #Requirements
Discussed in this episode:
"The Oscars make inclusion a requirement for best picture consideration beginning in 2024"
CNN Website - September 8, 2020 - Brian Lowry
"Oscars Announce New Inclusion Requirements for Best Picture Eligibility"
Variety - September 8, 2020 - Clayton Davis
US Constitution, Amendment XIV
"Unlawful employment practices"
42 USC 2000e–2
"Prohibition against discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation"
42 U.S. Code § 2000a
"The Hashtag That Changed the Oscars: An Oral History"
New York Times - February 6, 2020 - Reggie Ugwu
BFI Diversity Standards
Women and Hollywood Website
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