The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King has been one of the most successful films of all times at the Academy Awards. But would it have met the new diversity standards so it could hypothetically qualify for the Best Picture Oscar in 2024? And would the fact that it is based on existing older source material affect the requirements somehow?
Standard A - 0/3 - FAIL
- A1 - Lead or significant supporting actors are all white - FAIL
- A2 - General ensebmle cast still mostly white males - FAIL
- A3 - Main storyline/subject matter (I think hobbits don't count as a racial group) - FAIL
Standard B - 2/3 - PASS
- B1 - at least two Creative leadership and department heads - Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens are writers, also 4 out of 5 casting directors were women, but at least one of them should be not white, but I haven't found any of them to be white - FAIL
- B2 - Other key roles - FAIL
- B3 - Overall crew composition - IMDb cast list has probably 1000 people there, but at first glance, at least 30% of them are women - PASS
Standard C - 0/2 - FAIL or PASS
- C1 - Paid apprenticeship and internship opportunities - Not sure if this information is anywhere online to be found.
- C2 - Training opportunities and skills development (crew) - Not sure if this information is anywhere online to be found.
Standard D - 0/1 - FAIL or PASS
- D1 - Representation in marketing, publicity, and distribution - I have found at least one woman: Laura Carrillo (senior vice president, creative advertising, New Line, in 2004)
Conclusion: Based on the information I have found, this movie only passed one of four categories. But I don't have access to all information about the movie. If any other women or person from racial or ethnic group worked in marketing, then The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King would have passed the standards. Also if they had any training or apprenticeship or internship for women or racial or ethnic groups, it would also have passed.
IMPORTANT: I believe that people's sexuality is their own matter, checking who is and who is not a part of the LGBTQ+ is not decent. And not everybody talks publicly about their sexuality. All I know is that Ian McKellen (Gandalf) is openly gay. Maybe more of actors are also in the LGBTQ+ community, but it is impossible to check this standards. I mean nothing would stop the studio from convincing some of the lead actors to come out as gay even if they were not.