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A statement regarding the Academy announcing its new representation and inclusion standards for Oscar eligibility

9 September 2020

Marc Samuelson, chair of the BAFTA Film Committee, supports the push to promote diversity across all industry bodies.  

Following the annoucement today by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences establishing representation and inclusion standards for Oscars eligibility, Marc Samuelson, chair of the BAFTA Film Committee:

“We are delighted that the Academy has today announced its new representation and inclusion standards. BAFTA introduced very similar standards in conjunction with the BFI for the Outstanding British Film and Outstanding British Debut categories in 2016 and we continue to review and expand these standards every year. We look forward to continuing our work with AMPAS, the BFI and other industry bodies to introduce universal diversity standards adopted in all BAFTA’s Film Awards’ categories by 2024.”



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