Earlier this month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed that diversity was going to be a new requirement in determining a film’s eligibility for an Oscar. However, the new standard will not be foisted upon movies created in the past year.
This all comes after the Academy added the director, Ava DuVernay, and the producer, Lynett Howell Taylor, to top-ranking positions. Ava DuVernay and Lynett Howell Taylor were put in place in the board of governors.
Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s chief executive, said in a statement that the need to fix the issue was “urgent.” The chief executive went on to say that the Academy was going to continue to look at its standards and procedures to ensure that the need is met.
At the moment, it isn’t known what the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will do for the future, but many believe that they’re going to look at the new standards adopted by the British Film Institute. Thus far, they are the first major awards organization to adopt such standards in their selection of films.
Reportedly, movies in the UK must fit certain themes and narratives as well as “onscreen representation” of other groups. Whoopi Goldberg, who is also a member of the board of governors, will host a new panel regarding the stereotypes and racist tropes that have been used in Hollywood films for years.
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A CREDIT TO THE MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY: Hattie McDaniel, the first African American Oscar winner, was born on this day in 1893. Her portrayal of ‘Mammy’ in GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) won Best Supporting Actress over co-star Olivia deHavilland in the same category. . . In her acceptance speech, McDaniel stated: "I shall always hold it as a beacon for anything I may be able to do in the future. I sincerely hope that I shall always be a credit to my race and the motion picture industry." McDaniel then was escorted, not to the GONE WITH THE WIND table — where producer David O. Selznick sat with deHavilland and his two Oscar-nominated leads, Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable — but to a small table set against a far wall, where she took a seat with her escort, F.P. Yober, and her white agent, William Meiklejohn. With The Ambassador Hotel’s strict no-blacks policy, Selznick had to call in a special favor just to have McDaniel allowed into the building (it was officially integrated by 1959, when the Unruh Civil Rights Act outlawed racial discrimination in California). . . That evening, McDaniel wore a rhinestone-studded turquoise gown with white gardenias in her hair. Seventy years later in 2010, a blue-gown–and white-gardenia–clad Mo'Nique (one of 11 black actors to win Academy Awards since), paid homage to McDaniel while accepting her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Lee Daniels' PRECIOUS. . . McDaniel passed away in 1952 – her final wish to buried in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery denied because of its segregation policy. Decades later, a marble memorial to McDaniel was placed there. She left her Oscar to Howard University – but it was deemed valueless by appraisers and later went missing from the school — and has remained so for more than 40 years. . . #hattiemcdaniel #blacklivesmatter #blm #gonewiththewind #pioneer #pioneerwoman #academyawards #oscars #oscarwinner #davidoselznick #vivienleigh #oliviadehavilland #dameoliviadehavilland #precious #monique #gay #instagay #gayicon #oldhollywoodglamour #oldhollywood #oldhollywoodglam #classichollywood #classichollywoodactress #vintagehollywood #vintagehollywoodglamour @yours_retro
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As most know, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been criticized for a lack of diversity in terms of the awards handed out. Moreover, the organization has been accused of racism by big-name directors such as Spike Lee and many others.
According to the New York Times, the Academy has been making a lot of changes and taking action regarding their practices and standards. It’s unclear what the next year’s Oscars will look like.
The New York Times was the first outlet to report the news. For years, the Oscars have been plagued by social media users who used hash-tags such as, “#OscarsSoWhite,” when their favored contenders didn’t get the award.