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Oscars Announce Diversity Rules

Social justice movements continue, Oscars adjust guidelines
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Bernadette Whitely

Recently, the Oscars have created new requirements for the best picture award. These requirements promote diversity and representation for everyone regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and physical abilities. 

The different categories for representation include actors, the crew, those at the studio, and opportunities and training, among other parts of the film’s development. Each of these categories also has subcategories. For example, for a movie to meet the on-screen category’s requirements, it must have one or more lead characters or supporting characters from an underrepresented ethnic or racial group. Additionally, 30% of the secondary roles are filled with people from at least two underrepresented groups. The academy states that these underrepresented groups include women, LGBTQ+ people, people of color, and people with disabilities. 

The intention of making specific requirements for representation and diversity in film is crucial and an important step in the right direction for creating a more inclusive and diverse film industry. 

Jay Broeker, Director of Visual and Performing Arts, says, “I think that having that visibility of more diverse participants will be a good thing.” Depicting how these requirements will show people movies with more diverse characters and stories.  

 

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Sofia Perlman
Sofia Perlman, Editor Emerita
My name is Sofia and I am a senior this year! I have been a writer and editor for Spectrum since my freshman year, and I previously served on the Spectrum Staff Team as Copy Editor and Student Spotlight page editor. Previously I have edited the In-Depth, Sci-Tech, Perspectives, and News pages. My favorite thing about Spectrum is the collaboration across all different grade levels. I love having the opportunity to work with people I would otherwise not know. Outside of school, I am a year-round student at Minnesota Dance Theatre and a member of MDT's Second Company. I love to travel, read, and spend time with friends and family.
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Bernadette Whitely, Editor-in-Chief | Creative Director | In-Depth Editor
Hey, I’m Bernadette and I’m a senior! I'm the Editor-in-Chief and the Creative Director of The Spectrum. I also edit In-Depth pages. In the past, I have edited both Arts and Culture and Opinions sections. Last semester, I was the editor and leader for the Features section. I started Spectrum at the beginning of my freshman year and continued to be a staff writer until the end of my sophomore year. During my time as a staff writer, I wrote articles, created graphics, and took photos. Since starting Spectrum, I have always loved it. Being able to write about topics I am passionate about and interested in was an amazing experience. One of my favorite things about Spectrum is talking to and meeting new people through interviews and collaborations. 

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