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Matt Hawes
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My first thought was of TITANIC. The film won Best Picture with an all White cast. There were only three Black people aboard the actual ship, but even had the story concentrated on them, the necessary quota would not have been met.

Will every movie from now on turn into HAMILTON?

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Given the White outcry I was expecting something arbitrary and draconian. Any production that can't effortlessly meet at least two of the myriad standards at play has significant problems.

I have a feeling Groups C (interns) and D (marketing) will do a lot of the heavy lifting for eligibility in the short term. It shouldn't be too difficult to qualify in Group B (production department heads), but Hollywood being Hollywood I'm sure people will gripe about the impossibility of finding a Hawaiian art director or whatever. Projects which absolutely demand a 71% or more Caucasian cast will have several opportunities to quality nonetheless outside of Group A.
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And, of course, it won't create a scenario in which minorities will wonder if they were hired for their skills, or because there was a quota to fill.
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I understand there's a diversity issue, but this change is NOT going to fix things for the better. Now you're going to limit what can and can't be considered and possibly cause some films to be unnecessarily changed or not even made. 

On the other hand, this could lessen the `whitewashing' of movies. For example, maybe the next time they do a LONE RANGER movie, they'll actually get a Native American actor to play Tonto.

(The last one was trash.)

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JB: "And, of course, it won't create a scenario in which minorities will wonder if
they were hired for their skills, or because there was a quota to fill."

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I've only heard this from white people when they feel threatened by losing jobs
to a diverse workforce. The entertainment industry is so dominated by white
male culture that women and people of color with all the same talent and
potential have been excluded from the start. We have to figure out a way to
level the playing field - not just on an ethical basis, but also from a business
perspective. The future population will be much more diverse - the studios
who know how to tell their stories will succeed.

The diversity of our culture is not reflected in the entertainment industry. This
is a larger societal issue that can't be "fixed" with easy answers, but I do think
each industry should use the lessons of the Black Lives Matter movement to
listen to criticism and look within. At least this is an attempt to address these
issues, and I support the efforts.


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In an age of self-id, how does representation work? Is The Danish Girl a woman's story? Many feminists would say no.
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We can imagine much protest now, over THE DANISH GIRL not being played by someone who was actually transgender.
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At least this is an attempt to address these issues, and I support the efforts.

If it was truly such an attempt, I would be applauding. But this is typical Hollywood grandstanding. "Look! We're doing something IMPORTANT!"

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And to be the thundercloud... are the Oscars a little passe by now? Best actor? Doing what? A comedic role? Dramatic? Tragic? Best picture - biopic? Fiction? Sci-Fi? Fantasy? Animated?

I know Hollywood needs to pat itself on the back pretty often, but maybe the time for these big time affairs is passed...
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Since the Oscars are not really awarded as much as
purchased, I don't think this impacts the so-called
integrity of the statue. I do think it will help to
ensure better representation by POC in areas where there
is a definite deficit.
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Until the producers notice no up tick at the box office.
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