Would Any 2020 Best Picture Nominees Actually Fail the New Oscars Diversity Standards? Let's See
After a concerted effort to diversify its voting body and years of backlash for predominantly white slates of nominees, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Sept. 8 that films will have to fulfill a new set of standards for representation and inclusion in order to be eligible for its best picture award. The four requirements focus on representation in onscreen themes and narratives (Standard A), creative leadership and project teams (Standard B), professional development programs (Standard C), and marketing, publicity, and distribution (Standard D). Two of the four standards must be met for a film to be eligible for the best picture category, starting with the 96th Oscars in 2024; all other categories retain the same eligibility rules.
Before making any sweeping claims about the future state of the best picture category, it's worth figuring out how much these rules would actually change things. We looked into all of the best picture nominees from the 2020 Oscars — check out this list to see if any of them would actually be disqualified under the new guidelines.