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Best film nominees will have to meet the new guidelines

Best film nominees will have to meet the new guidelines

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Best film nominees will have to meet the new guidelines

Films hoping to qualify for best picture at the Oscars will have to meet strict diversity guidelines, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has announced.

The new rules will require studios to boost diversity both in front and behind the camera, as well as in executive roles.

The Academy, which oversees the Oscars, has attracted strong criticism for a lack of diversity among its winners and nominees.

For the 2022 and 2023 ceremonies, a confidential "Academy inclusion standards form" will be required to be considered for the top prize.

However, meeting the inclusion thresholds will not be required for best picture eligibility until 2024.

All other categories will keep their current eligibility requirements.

In the newly revealed guidelines, Standard A is titled "on-screen representation, themes and narratives" and to qualify a film must meet one of three criteria.

They include having at least one "lead or significant support actor" from an "under-represented racial or ethnic group".