Oscars Change Best Picture Category and Launch Other Inclusion Initiatives

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The Oscars has made some changes!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that it will launch new Academy inclusion initiatives to increase representation of minority groups.

Changes to the Best Picture Category

The Academy has changed its Best Picture category yet again.

Now, instead of a variable set of 5-10 nominees, the awards show will honor a full ten every year.

From 1945 to 2009, the Academy nominated five films for Best Picture. In 2009, it adjusted its approach to honor a full then. Then in 2011, the organization switched to the variable 5-10 plan.

Now, the Academy has returned to the 2009-2011 model.

Other Academy Inclusion Initiatives

The decision came as part of a larger move toward Academy inclusion initiatives in the wake of nationwide Black Lives Matter protests against the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others.

The Academy has already doubled its female and minority members since the #OscarsSoWhite movement of 2016.

“But to truly meet this moment, we must recognize how much more needs to be done, and we must listen, learn, embrace the challenge, and hold ourselves and our community accountable,” Academy President David Rubin said in a statement.

He continued: “Academy leadership and our Board are committed to ensuring that we continue to weave equity and inclusion into the fabric of every Academy initiative, committee, program and event.”

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Quarerly Viewing Process

The Academy is also addressing the problem of Oscar voters missing out on smaller films because they’re overwhelmed by all the movies released at the end of the year (AKA voting season).

The Academy will implement a quarterly viewing process through the Academy Screening Room, a streaming site for Academy members.

“By making it possible for members to view films released year-round, the Academy will broaden each film’s exposure, level the playing field, and ensure all eligible films can be seen by voting members,” reads the organization’s press release.

The Academy Museum

The Academy will also work on inclusion in the film community through its museum.

Partnering with the recently expanded Inclusion Advisory Committee, the Museum will help develop public programs, exhibitions, and collections that confront racism, champion the work of diverse artists, and expose historical omissions.

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