PBD blasts Hollywood’s new inclusion rules as films must meet specific criteria calling for representation of minority groups in order to be considered for the Oscars award for best picture, beginning in 2024.
The standards, two of which must be fulfilled, include conditions that at least one lead actor from an “underrepresented group” is featured in the movie, 30 percent or more of all secondary actors are from the underrepresented group, or the film plot must revolve around one.
The new Hollywood guidelines to be nominated for an Oscar are INSANE.
It means NONE of the best Award Winning Movies from the past would meet todays guidelines.
Very soon NO ONE outside of the Academy will care if you win an Oscar or not. pic.twitter.com/09zFu2P01j
— Patrick Bet-David (@patrickbetdavid) June 15, 2023
PBD lists monumental, Academy Award winning films like Titanic and The Godfather that would have not qualified for nomination under the new guidelines.
He went on to explain the history of movie making which began in New Jersey in 1920 where Thomas Edison dictated specific rules for film creatives. They left in the masses, moving to Hollywood where they could be free to present their artistic expression without repression.
Jaws star, Richard Dreyfuss also recently stated that the newfound rules “make me vomit.”
The explanation for his strong reaction: “Because it is an art form.”
“It’s also a form of commerce and it makes money,” Dreyfuss said. “But it’s an art. And no one should be telling me as an artist that I have to give into the latest, most current idea of what morality is.”
Other standards encompass representation of behind-the-scenes staff such as those in departments for marketing, publicity, and distribution.
Dreyfuss continued with labeling the Academy’s new racial guidelines “patronizing.” He added that they serve to treat film industry professionals “like children.”
“It says that we’re so fragile, that we can’t have our feelings hurt,” he concluded.
The inclusion standards were passed in an effort to address inequality in Hollywood, which resulted in the emergence of the #OscarsSoWhite movement in 2015.