An announcement was made by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that reveals they are placing an equity and inclusion initative for the 2021 Oscars.

Beginning in 2014, films in the Best Picture category will meet new standards that have been placed by The Academy. In an official press release, we found out that movies in the category must meet two of the four standards requirements.

The requirements include: on-screen representation, on-screen representation, themes, and narratives; creative leadership and project team; industry access and opportunities; and audience development. In order to meet the criteria for on-screen representation, themes, and narrives, they will have to have a lead or significant supporting actors must come from an “underrepresented racial or ethnic group”

30% of the cast must be made up of LBTQ persons, women, underrepresented racial or ethnic people, or the film must be centered around one of these groups.

The Best Picture category for the 94th Academy Awards will include 10 nominees as part of the Academy Aperture 2025 and inclusion initiave. This initative began back in July. There will also be a quarterly viewing process implemented by The Academy so that members have the opportunity to view films that are released year-round.