In an effort to improve representation and inclusion, the organizers of The Academy Awards have announced a big change to eligibility requirements for the highly coveted Best Picture category. Starting in 2024, to be eligible for Best Picture, a movie must meet two out of four standards regarding on-screen and behind-the-camera representation.
Change starts now. We’ve announced new representation and inclusion standards for Best Picture eligibility, beginning with the 96th #Oscars. Read more here: https://t.co/qdxtlZIVKb pic.twitter.com/hR6c2jb5LM
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) September 9, 2020
While there are four main standards, there are multiple potential criteria that a movie can reach to earn that standard. The first is Standard A. To reach this threshold, a movie must have at least one of the lead actors or a significant supporting actor from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group: