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FILE: Oscar statuettes backstage during the 92nd Annual Academy Awards on February 9, 2020 (Richard Harbaugh /Handout/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images)
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For years, article after article and study after study (after study, after study) have proven that the film industry flagrantly discriminates against women, people of color, people with disabilities, the LGBTQIA+ community and basically anyone who isn’t a cisgendered, middle-aged-or-older, able-bodied, straight white man.

Attempts have been made to adjust the status quo to little avail, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is now taking a slightly stronger stance. Beginning in 2024, contenders for the organization’s coveted Best Picture award will be required to meet two of four so-called “representation and inclusion standards.” Those standards address on-screen diversity, leadership diversity, training programs and diversity among audience development teams.

In an essay, KPCC’s John Horn notes that the same standards haven’t had much effect on the British Academy of Film and Television Awards. But hey, it’s better than nothing.

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