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How the Academy’s Inclusion Rules Speak to the Challenges Faced by the Film Industry

Screen Talk: What is the Academy really telling us? Plus: Here are some of the most exciting films premiering at festivals in the days and weeks ahead.

Screen Talk 302: How Oscar Inclusion

As the fall movie season takes flight, so does awards season, even in an unusual year. The past week saw one of the more dramatic additions to the news cycle surrounding the Oscars, even though it won’t impact this year’s contenders: New inclusion rules established by the Academy, going into effect by 2024, that require diversity either behind or in front of the camera. The surprising move has elicited praise and backlash from different corners of the industry, but it remains to be seen exactly how many these changes will impact any future contenders for the gold.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss the Academy’s decision and how it embodies the challenges faced by the industry as a whole. They also discuss the fall festival experience as TIFF begins, sharing some of the films they’ve enjoyed so far (from “The Disciple” to “One Night in Miami”) and others they can’t wait to check out.

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below. 

Screen Talk is available on Apple PodcastsStitcher, and SoundcloudYou can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter or sound off in the comments. Browse previous installments here, review the show on Apple Podcasts and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. Check out the rest of IndieWire’s podcasts on Apple Podcasts right here.

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