Ahead of the fifth anniversary of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the Academy said it is limiting Best Picture award nominees — beginning with 2024’s slate of entries — to those that can meet requirements that “encourage equitable representation on and off screen” by ensuring more people of color fill positions on a film set from the starring role to interns and everything in between, according to a press release published online.
Alley quickly took to Twitter to air her frustrations with the new standards, writing, “This is a disgrace to artists everywhere.”
Her tweet continued: “Can you imagine telling Picasso what had to be in his f–king paintings. You people have lost your minds. Control artists, control individual thought .. OSCAR ORWELL.”
Hours later, Alley tweeted that diversity and inclusion “should be taught, taught so well and so naturally and genuinely that it becomes second nature to our children.”
The star was met with heavy criticism from her followers, with a majority taking shots at her acting career.
“Well cis, given your career (or lack there of) this won’t impact you. Ashe,” one user clapped back.
Another questioned Alley: “Interesting take considering most of the films you’ve acted in are overwhelmingly white. Are you concerned about the lack of opportunities? You know these new rules helps you as a woman, right? Studios tell who to put in movies all the time.”
“Don’t worry, a little inclusion won’t be what’s keeping that Oscar statuette off your mantle….,” one person criticized.
Among the critics was Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay, who made her opposition to Alley’s beliefs clear with a GIF of Denzel Washington shutting a door in someone’s face.
Another follower said: “can you imagine being this heated over giving more people OPPORTUNITY??? Can you imagine being this upset because more people will get JOBS???”
In order for films to be eligible for the award in 2022 and 2023, productions must submit a confidential Academy Inclusion Standards form, however, meeting the thresholds will not yet be a concrete requirement.
“Academy governors DeVon Franklin and Jim Gianopulos headed a task force to develop the standards that were created from a template inspired by the British Film Institute (BFI) Diversity Standards used for certain funding eligibility in the UK and eligibility in some categories of the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) Awards, but were adapted to serve the specific needs of the Academy,” explained the release. “The Academy also consulted with the Producers Guild of America (PGA), as it presently does for Oscars eligibility.”
All other award categories will be held to their current eligibility requirements.
Submissions to the best picture category from other entries such as “animated feature film, documentary feature [or] international feature film” will be evaluated separately.
According to the release, two of the four following standards must be met in order to qualify for eligibility for the best picture award beginning with the 96th Oscars: On-screen representation, themes and narratives, creative leadership and project team, industry access and opportunities, and audience development.
Fox News’ Nate Day contributed to this report.