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Starting in 2024, movies to be considered for the best picture must meet inclusion thresholds both on and off screen.

As part of the Academy Aperture 2025 initiative, the Academy of Arts and Sciences for Feature Films has set detailed new standards for the presentation and inclusion of Oscars in the “Best Film” category from 2022 onwards.

The Academy Governors DeVon Franklin and Jim Gianopulos are leading a task force that has adjusted the British Film Institute's diversity standards for UK eligibility and for some categories of the British Academy of Film and Television Awards to match To meet needs of the academy, which has also consulted with the Producers Guild of America.

“The opening needs to be expanded to reflect our diverse world populations both in the making of films and the audiences who connect with them. The Academy is committed to playing an important role in achieving this goal, ”Academy President David Rubin and Academy Executive Director Dawn Hudson said in a statement. "We believe these inclusion standards will be a catalyst for lasting, significant change in our industry."

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For the 94th Oscars (2022) and 95th Oscars (2023), the Academy needs a confidential Academy Inclusion Standards Form to get the best picture. However, there are no inclusion thresholds for these films. Inclusion thresholds are required to be included in the “Best Picture” category at the 96th Oscars (2024).

As of 2024, a film must meet two out of four of the following standards to be considered eligible:

STANDARD A: DISPLAY ON THE SCREEN, TOPICS AND NARRATIVES
To achieve Standard A, the film must meet ONE of the following criteria:

A1. Leading or important supporting actors

At least one of the main actors or major supporting actors is from an underrepresented race or ethnic group.

• Asian
• Hispanic / Latinx
• Black / African American
• Indigenous peoples of America / Alaska
• Middle East / North Africa
• Native Hawaiians or other Pacific islanders
• Other underrepresented race or ethnicity

A2. General ensemble cast

At least 30% of all actors in secondary and minor roles come from at least two of the following underrepresented groups:

• women
• Race or ethnic group
• LGBTQ +
• People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing

A3. Main story / topic

The main plot (s), theme or narration of the film is focused on one or more underrepresented groups.

• women
• Race or ethnic group
• LGBTQ +
• People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing

STANDARD B: CREATIVE LEADERSHIP AND PROJECT TEAM
To achieve Standard B, the film must meet ONE of the following criteria:

B1. Creative leadership and department head

At least two of the following creative leadership positions and department heads – casting director, cameraman, composer, costume designer, director, editor, hairdresser, makeup artist, producer, production designer, set designer, sound, VFX supervisor, author – come from the following underrepresented groups:

• women
• Race or ethnic group
• LGBTQ +
• People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing

At least one of these positions must belong to the following underrepresented race or ethnic group:

• Asian
• Hispanic / Latinx
• Black / African American
• Indigenous peoples of America / Alaska
• Middle East / North Africa
• Native Hawaiians or other Pacific islanders
• Other underrepresented race or ethnicity

B2. Other key roles

At least six other crew / team and technical positions (excluding production assistants) belong to an underrepresented race or ethnic group. These positions include, but are not limited to, First AD, Gaffer, Script Supervisor, etc.

B3. Overall composition of the crew

At least 30% of the film crew come from the following underrepresented groups:

• women
• Race or ethnic group
• LGBTQ +
• People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing

STANDARD C: INDUSTRIAL ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITIES
To achieve Standard C, the film must meet BOTH criteria:

C1. Paid teaching and internship opportunities

The film's distribution or funding company has paid for apprenticeships or internships that come from the following underrepresented groups and meet the following criteria:

• women
• Race or ethnic group
• LGBTQ +
• People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing

The major studios / distributors must have substantial ongoing paid apprenticeships / internships including underrepresented groups (including racial or ethnic groups) in most of the following departments: Production / Development, Physical Production, Post Production, Music, VFX, Acquisitions, Business Matters, Sales , Marketing and advertisement.

The mini-major or independent studios / distributors must have at least two trainees / interns from the above underrepresented groups (at least one from an underrepresented race or ethnic group) in at least one of the following departments: production / development, physical production, post-production, Music, VFX, acquisitions, business, sales, marketing and advertising.

C2. Training opportunities and skills development (crew)

The film's production, distribution and / or funding company provides training and / or work opportunities for people from the following underrepresented groups to develop bottom line skills:

• women
• Race or ethnic group
• LGBTQ +
• People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing

STANDARD D: AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT
To achieve standard D, the film must meet the following criteria:

D1. Representation in marketing, advertising and sales

The studio and / or film company has several in-house executives from the following underrepresented groups (must include people from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups) on their marketing, advertising and / or sales teams.

• women
• Race or Ethnic Group:

· Asian

Hispanic / Latinx

· Black / African American

· Indigenous / Native Americans / Alaska

Middle East / North Africa

· Native Hawaiians or other Pacific islanders

· Other underrepresented race or ethnicity

• LGBTQ +
• People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing

All categories except "Best Film" are subject to the current conditions of participation. Films in the special categories (animated feature film, documentary film, documentary short topic, international feature film, animated short film, live-action short film) that were submitted for consideration of the best picture / general entry will be treated separately.

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