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The Academy Awards announced that diversity and inclusion requirements will be implemented for the first time when the Oscars take place this Sunday.

There are now quotas and guidelines regarding race, gender and sexuality.

‘Completely Ridiculous’

Fox News reported in June, “The Academy Awards are facing much criticism after implementing new diversity and inclusion guidelines for 2024.”

“The guidelines must be adhered to by any film in the running for a ‘Best Picture’ Oscar,” Fox News noted.

The story continued:

Several voting members sounded the alarm after the Academy Awards released its Aperture 2025 initiative — a sweeping set of regulations designed to make Hollywood more equitable and diverse.

“It’s completely ridiculous,” one director said during an interview with The Post.

“I’m for diversity, but to make you cast certain types of people if you want to get nominated? That makes the whole process contrived. The person who is right for the part should get the part. Why should you be limited in your choices? But it’s the world we’re in. This is crazy.”

Beginning in 2024, film producers and directors will be required to submit to the Academy a dossier of the sort that points to the race, gender, sexual orientation and disability status of their film’s cast and crew members.

According to the media outlet, one of Hollywood’s biggest producers also chimed in about the new diversity rules and noted that “very few people in the industry favor” the guidelines. 

However, they failed to speak out about the topic “out of fear of cancel culture.”

Imagine No Godfather, No Schindler’s List…

“Imagine if great films were not made because of studio or corporate mandates that every film has to conform to the standard for a Best Picture nomination?” the director added. “Classic films, including ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Schindler’s List,’ may not have qualified for Best Picture with the new inclusion guidelines that are currently mandated,” Fox News observed.

When these new guidelines were announced, acting legend Richard Dreyfuss was asked what he thought.

Dreyfuss replied, “They make me vomit.” 

“Because this is an art form, it’s also a form of commerce, and it makes money, but it’s an art,” Dreyfuss added. “And no one should be telling me, as an artist, that I have to give in to the latest most current idea of what morality is.”

The 96th annual Academy Awards will air Sunday night at 8 PM ET.

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