Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss is outraged by the Oscars’ new diversity and inclusion requirements.
Speaking with Margaret Hoover on PBS’ Firing Line, Dreyfuss — who took home the statue in 1978 for his performance in The Goodbye Girl, and was nominated for a second Oscar in 1996 for Mr. Holland’s Opus — railed against the Academy’s new standards.
“They make me vomit,” Dreyfuss said.
After being first announced in 2020, the new standards will be implemented for the first time in next year’s Oscars. The rules state that a film must meet at least two out of four diversity benchmarks in order to be considered for Best Picture. An example of one of the standards, titled “on-screen representation, themes or narrative,” requires that either a film’s lead or significant supporting actor must come from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, or 30 percent of the entire ensemble cast is comprised of two underrepresented groups.