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In article<ae97fbb1-c555-4439-babc-a369ff8790c9@googlegroups.com>,
 Ed Stasiak<estasiak@att.net> wrote:

> http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/12/19/the_bafta_awards_wil...
> ilms_that_are_not_diverse_starting_in_2019.html
> DEC. 19 2016
> 
> Starting in 2019, if Your Film Isn't Diverse, It Won't Be Eligible for a 
> BAFTA Award
> 
> In an incredibly bold move,

There are a lot of words for this.  "Bold" is not one of them.

 the British Academy of Film and Television Arts 
> announced last week that,
> beginning in 2019, works that do not demonstrate inclusivity in their 
> production practices will no longer
> be eligible for the Outstanding British Film or Outstanding Debut by a 
> British Writer, Director, or Producer
> awards at the annual BAFTAs, often considered the U.K. equivalent of the 
> Oscars.*
> 
> Eligible projects must showcase this in two of the following ways, as 
> the BBC reported: On-screen
> characters and themes, senior roles and crew, industry training and career 
> progression, and audience
> access and appeal to underrepresented audiences. BAFTA will also remove the 
> requirement that newly
> admitted voters be recommended by two existing members.
> 
> Back in 2014, the British Film Institute established similar standards for 
> projects seeking National Lottery
> funding in an effort to improve representation within the filmmaking 
> industry. BAFTA's decision is particularly
> striking, however, when you hold it up against its American counterpart, the 
> Academy of Motion Pictures Arts
> and Sciences, which, of course, faced an embarrassing PR backlash with the 
> #OscarsSoWhite campaign
> this year. Not long after the Oscar nominations revealed, for the second year 
> in a row, a slate of all-white
> acting nominees, the academy announced that it was changing its membership 
> rules in an effort to address
> the issue. This included shortening members' voting statuses to 10 years 
> (able to reactivated so long as
> they remain active within the industry) and adding three more governors' 
> seats filled by people from
> underrepresented groups.
> 
> But that change was nowhere near as radical as BAFTA's, which directly 
> addresses the bigger and more
> pressing concern for representation, from acting to directing to executive 
> opportunities, and everything in
> between. Stating, point blank, that you cannot even think about receiving 
> these accolades from one of film's
> most prestigious institutions unless you make an effort to bring in a wider 
> variety of collaborators is to light
> a much-needed fire under the filmmakers' butts. It won't solve every issue 
> overnight—surely somewhere
> out there there's a filmmaker, or a funder, who really, truly doesn't care 
> about awards—but it's a step in the
> right direction. As we've seen countless times, counting on people in power 
> to do the right thing while letting
> them go unchecked does not lead to progress, and even hinders it.
> 
> Many people will undoubtedly find this move to be blasphemous, leaning on the 
> tired crutch of "artistic freedom"
> to label BAFTA as intrusive. They can live and die by that sword if they'd 
> like, but they'll only be proving that
> they're not quite as creative or imaginative as they claim to be.

So whoever wrote this was a retard.

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