For the best image contenders, it’s time to take stock of race and gender – deadline
For Best Picture Oscar nominees, now is the time to take an inventory of the racial / ethnic identity and sexual / gender orientation of those involved in your film.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which presents the Oscars, on Wednesday quietly launched its new platform RAISE, an online system designed to collect information on the identity and content of film producers in the 2021 race. for the best film. Last year 366 films qualified, so the impact is likely to be large. Responses are required by November 15. Demand for data begins to implement previously announced Oscar performance and inclusion standards: Movies that don’t meet cut-off thresholds won’t be excluded until the 2024 show, but detailed reporting begins now.
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“We are delighted to announce the official launch of the Representation and Inclusion Standards Entry Platform (RAISE), designed to facilitate the confidential collection of data and information relating to Representation and Inclusion Standards. inclusion of the Academy, ”an email, apparently aimed at applicants, said on Wednesday. , the Academy’s Office of Representation, Inclusion and Equity.
Each potential candidate will receive a RAISE identification number by completing the data form. “A RAISE ID will be required to complete the submission,” the email read of this year’s Oscar process.
The platform is only open to those who have submitted a film. But a user-provided overview of its opening pages and initial sections related to its standard of on-screen portrayal, themes, and storytelling – one of four standards, two of which must be met to qualify. for future Best Picture Awards – reveals a broad, detailed and insistent approach to data collection.
“All submissions will be monitored and analyzed to identify key trends relevant to the industry,” says the platform’s introduction. “Bidders are encouraged to share as much data as possible on all standards. “
Total crew size and total cast size are part of the initial queries. The introduction adds a caveat: “Standards and thresholds for meeting standards are subject to change and will be revised annually. “
From there, the questions become more personal and producers are “encouraged” to have the data validated “by the individual himself when possible”. Under Standard A, the standard for on-screen portrayal, themes and narratives, for example, Category A1 requires an information sheet on each main or supporting actor from sub-ethnic or racial groups. represented. Actors must be named, and an email address and “social profile” are requested. The sheet further asks for preferred pronouns, gender identity and more specifically, “does this individual identify as transgender”.
Next is a checklist. The first box asks if the person being examined is a member of the Academy (although membership is not a requirement for obtaining an Oscar). Status exam questions include a checklist of 11 ethnicity-related boxes – from African American, Indigenous Peoples and Southeast Asia, to White and Prefer Not to Say . Eligible disabilities include chronic illness or pain, a mental health problem, or dyslexia. Sexual orientation – “select all that apply” – can include: bisexual, gay, heterosexual / straight, lesbian, pansexual, homosexual, prefers not to say or prefers to describe.
The checklist includes a box stating: “I am unable to provide data related to this standard. “But he adds a warning:” From 96e Oscars (2024), the absence of this data may impact eligibility for the Best Picture review. “
The precise way in which the new platform frames issues related to other standards, including those involving the content of the story, the identity of the filmmakers and the employment or internship and training practices in the companies distribution, remains unclear. The Academy is expected to provide a more widely available preview of the RAISE platform as early as next week.