Oscars diversity criteria 'not about exclusion' say leaders
I want to commend them for trying and for putting together a criteria because we know criteria is a way to counter bias, said Smith. Five years ago, the film academy endeavored to significantly diversify its own membership. The best picture adjustment is just one of the effort. Others include implementing a set 10 best picture nominees starting at the 94th Oscars and mandatory unconscious bias training for academy members. The best picture standards were specifically designed to be flexible and give latitude to filmmakers.
Oscars set inclusion standards for best picture category
In an historic move, the Oscars are raising the inclusion bar for best picture nominees starting with the 96th Academy Awards in 2024. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday laid out sweeping eligibility reforms to the best picture category intended to encourage diversity and equitable representation on screen and off, addressing gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and disability. We believe these inclusion standards will be a catalyst for long-lasting, essential change in our industry.The second category addresses the creative leadership and crew composition of a film. The inclusion standards form will be confidential and will not be required for best picture hopefuls for the 94th and 95th Academy Awards. The inclusion standards were developed by a task force led by academy governors DeVon Franklin and Jim Gianopulos and in consultation with the Producers Guild of America.
Joe Biden lines up backing from Paramount CEO after losing bundler in wake of debate performance
Former Vice President Joe Biden takes the stage for the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate on June 27, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Drew Angerer | Getty ImagesParamount Pictures CEO Jim Gianopulos is looking to help former Vice President Joe Biden in the battle for fundraising supremacy in the 2020 Democratic primary, CNBC has learned. Gianopulos is looking to host a fundraiser for Biden in the coming months, company spokesman Chris Petrikin confirmed. "Jim is a longtime supporter of the vice president and has offered to help with his campaign," he said. Paramount Pictures Chairman & CEO Jim Gianopulos speaks onstage at at the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 4, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.cnbc.com