‘When Do We Start Handing Out Participation Oscars?’: Dean Cain Mocks Academy’s New Best Picture ‘Inclusion Standards’

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Actor Dean Cain made it clear Tuesday that he was not impressed with the new inclusion standards set by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“How about we judge on this criteria — which film was the BEST PICTURE?” Cain tweeted, adding, “(Also, when do we start handing out participation Oscars?)” (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Reserve Officer Dean Cain Weighs In On Defunding Police And Cities Under Siege)

The new standards, which will not apply until the 96th Oscars in 2024, require any film nominated for Best Picture to meet at least two of four inclusion requirements in order to be considered for the award.

The criteria include racial, ethnic and gender inclusion in four categories:

  • On-Screen Representation, Themes and Narratives (this addresses the actors and storylines)
  • Creative Leadership and Project Teams (this addresses casting directors, cinematographers, make-up and costume design and other behind-the-scenes positions)
  • Industry Access and Opportunities (this addresses the internship, apprenticeship and skill development opportunities for minorities and marginalized groups)
  • Audience Development (this addresses marketing to and for specific audience demographics)

Cain responded to the new standards further, telling the Daily Caller that he personally agreed with Martin Luther King Jr’s famous statement: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”