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Entertainment Bill Maher Disagrees With Academy Award’s New Diversity Rules

02:02  20 september  2020
02:02  20 september  2020 Source:   etcanada.com

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Bill Maher is not one of them. Earlier this month, the Academy announced new metrics to be considered for Best Picture. Most people are pleased with the progress the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ has made when it comes to diversity .

What are these new Oscar rules ? On September 8, the Academy announced a set of new eligibility guidelines for films aiming to compete for Best Picture It’ s important to note that this is only for the Best Picture category — so a film could not meet these standards and still be eligible for other awards .

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Most people are pleased with the progress the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' has made when it comes to diversity. Bill Maher is not one of them.

Earlier this month, the Academy announced new metrics to be considered for Best Picture. Starting with the 2024 Oscars, films have to meet inclusion standards both on and off-screen.

During "Real Time" on Friday night, Maher argued against the rules, calling them more of a "to-do list".

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The Academy has made a set of rules for best picture nominees that almost every film already meets. The barriers to entry in the awards game are already high. Getting a feature film funded, made, distributed and exhibited in the right format, in the right place, at the right time to qualify for

(How the new rules will affect tiny art-house studios is the one qualm that I do share.) Enshrining these benchmarks in the Academy rule book also ensures that workplace diversity continues to be front of mind during awards season, something as important to the movies’ multimillion-dollar awards

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“Have you watched the Oscars this century? This seems like a case of washing a glass that’s already been through the dishwasher,” Maher said, while naming "diverse" Best Picture nominnes.

He continued, “The Academy is not exactly unknown for awarding liberal virtue. They should call Best Picture ‘most worthy'. Look at the contenders and winners in recent years. They were nominated not by their popularity with audiences, but by diversity and virtue-signaling.”

“Diversity is important. But it needs to be said: It’s not the only thing that’s important. It’s also important that we don’t wind up with artists guided less by a creative vision and more by a to-do list. Cameron Diaz is Cuban on her grandmother’s side. Is that Latina enough?”

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Maher then used "Schindler's List" as an example of a movie that wouldn't meet the new guidelines.

"Some of the best movies ever made were by refugees from communist and fascist countries who got out because they didn’t like being told what art was acceptable," he added.

Recording Academy Reveals Diversity and Inclusion Numbers at Virtual Industry Summit .
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