The Academy Awards are facing much criticism after implementing new diversity and inclusion guidelines for 2024.
The guidelines must be adhered to by any film in the running for a “Best Picture” Oscar.
Several voting members sounded the alarm after the Academy Awards released its Aperture 2025 initiative — a sweeping set of regulations designed to make Hollywood more equitable and diverse.
According to the media outlet, one of Hollywood’s biggest producers also chimed in about the new diversity rules and noted that “very few people in the industry favor” the guidelines.
However, they failed to speak out about the topic “out of fear of cancel culture.”
As first noted on Hollywood in Toto, PBS anchor Margaret Hoover brought up the new guidelines during her interview with the actor on “Firing Line.”
Richard Dreyfuss condemns Hollywood’s diversity and inclusivity standards during an interview with PBS. (Screenshot/YouTube)
She asked, “What do you think of these new inclusion standards for films?”
Not holding back, Dreyfuss declared, “They make me vomit.”
In 2020, the Oscars released the controversial guidelines and explained that the new rules “are designed to encourage equitable representation on and off the screen in order to better reflect the diversity of the movie-going audience.”
Jamie Lee Curtis, James Hong, Ke Huy Quan, Michelle Yeoh, Jonathan Wang, Daniel Kwan, Stephanie Hsu, and Daniel Scheinert, winners of the Best Picture award for ’Everything Everywhere All at Once’, pose in the press room during the 95th Annual Academy Awards. (Getty Images)
“The aperture must widen to reflect our diverse global population in both the creation of motion pictures and in the audiences who connect with them. The Academy is committed to playing a vital role in helping make this a reality,” the Oscars official website stated.
Not adhering to the stringent guidelines could prove detrimental for a project aspiring to be considered for a best picture nomination since the film could be disqualified from Oscar consideration if it does not employ enough people of color, people with disabilities or people who identify as LGBTQ+.
A Hollywood executive continued to say that he’s willing to accept the new guidelines with a few exceptions.
“You have to make the best movie,” the exec told the media outlet.