On Tuesday, my colleague Jeff Charles wrote about one of the most ridiculous ideas I’ve ever heard Hollywood come up with to signal its wokeness to activists across the country: an upcoming remake of “The Golden Girls” — with an all-black cast.
Now, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which people might know as the organization that hands out the Oscars, has announced it’s moving forward with its plan to change from #OscarsSoWhite to #OscarsSoWoke over the next few years. I wrote about the beginning of this process in June. One rule that’s already in place for the Best Picture category at the 2021 Academy Awards, to “maximize the diversity of the films that are nominated for the Academy’s highest honor,” is a permanent expansion of the number of nominees to 10 movies.
But now they’ve gone a step further to appease the radical Left with quota-like rules starting in 2024. Variety provided this screenshot of just one of the qualifications the organization’s Board of Governors now expects of nominees for its top prize:
— Variety (@Variety) September 9, 2020
The L.A. Times story about recent Best Picture nominees and winners (specifically “1917” and “The Irishman”) notes that those films might not have “made the cut” under the new, woketastic “standards.”
Those standards require one of the following: at least one of the lead actors or significant supporting actors is from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group; at least 30% of all actors in secondary and more minor roles are from certain underrepresented groups; or the main storyline, theme or narrative is centered on an underrepresented group.
But, to help out their movie studio buddies, the AMPAS has built in a loophole by accepting actions they’re already taking, according to the article, like including minorities and others in internship and apprenticeship programs.
As I said, filmmakers and producers have a couple years — until 2024 — to toe the SJW line, though they’ll have to show in writing they’re moving in that direction starting in 2022:
“[F]or the 2022 and 2023 Oscars, potential best picture nominees will be required to submit a confidential Academy Inclusion Standards form but will not be held to particular inclusion thresholds.”
And they’ll be watching for deviations:
“Spot checks” for Oscar eligibility means regular surprise inspections into racial origins of cast and crew — actually sounds like a great gig for former police officers https://t.co/S7wSRJRKLn pic.twitter.com/444GCHe75y
— Wesley Yang (@wesyang) September 9, 2020
There’s just one problem with the warm fuzzies Hollywood’s trying to pull over everyone’s eyes. In a new piece entitled, “Study: Hollywood casts more light-skinned actors for Chinese market,” Axios reports that a 2017 study showed that Tinseltown caters to the Chinese government’s taste for films with “lighter-skinned” actors by casting “‘very light-skinned actors’ in starring roles”:
An academic study has found that since 2012, when the Chinese government began allowing more foreign films into the country, Hollywood movies have cast more light-skinned actors in starring roles.
The study, published in October 2017, examined more than 3,000 films from between 2009 and 2015 and found that films made after 2012 demonstrated an 8% increase in the number of “very light-skinned” actors in starring roles.
They called it a “light-skin shift,” adding that:
The light-skin shift only occurred in film genres that the Chinese government typically permits into the Chinese market, such as action movies and big summer blockbusters. U.S. studios increasingly create these films from start to finish with the Chinese market in mind.
Can you say “hypocrites”?