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Poland Academy “Lead By Fiat”

David Poland: “The Academy Awards are an annual promotional popularity contest between fewer than 40 feature films which raises tens of millions with a TV show, thus allowing The Academy to do nice things in the name of cinema. Now, however well-intended, it wants to lead by fiat.

“I have no disagreement with the idea of the rules The Academy wishes to impose. But I have a strong disagreement with the idea that The Academy is in a position to make such demands. And unintentionally, it continues to cede power to those who seek to manipulate the system.

“We believe these inclusion standards will be a catalyst for long-lasting, essential change in our industry.” It won’t. But the industry may be close enough to their vague demands to qualify without doing anymore than it is now doing. So you can look like you did something.”

Rex Pickett: “Enforcement is going to be a nightmare. I personally know people in AMPAS and this is performative public relations at its zenith. Try as they might, they will never be able to undo the century of exclusion.”

NYT’s Kyle Buchanan: “The more I look at this, the more I see that Standards C and D are so easy to meet — studios simply need a [strong] internship program and a marketing department that’s relatively diverse — that the films those studios distribute could remain pretty homogeneous and still qualify.”

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