Oscar Voters 94% White
Blacks, Latinos, women are minorities in the academy
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2012 2:40 PM CST
James Franco and Anne Hathaway celebrate with the cast and crew of "The King's Speech" on stage after the 83rd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, Calif.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Who votes for Oscars? The list is kept secret, but an LA Times investigation shows 94% of them are white and 77% are male. Blacks and Latinos each make up only 2%. "We need to do a better job" of diversifying, says a governor at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. But he insists the problem starts in the film business itself: "If the industry as a whole is not doing a great job in opening up its ranks, it's very hard for us to diversify our membership."

Another shocker: the academy's median age is 62, and only 14% of 5,765 voting members are younger than 50. Critics say that explains why The Social Network didn't win last year (too Internet-ey), why Shame is ignored this year (too sexy), and why Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is up for a Best Picture (its middle-aged theme: fathers and sons). But academy President Tom Sherak seems to blame the excluded for not joining: "If you are sitting waiting for us to find your name in our make-believe book and we are going to call you, we are not going to do that," he says. "Come to us, we'll get you in."

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aspergers-guy
Feb 27, 2012 5:08 PM CST
"If you are sitting waiting for us to find your name in our make-believe book and we are going to call you, we are not going to do that," he says. "Come to us, we'll get you in." So says academy President Tom Sherak. Yeah? Is that some sort of (un)official policy of the Academy? If so, for how has it been like that? Cuz, you know, judging by the 94%-white/77%-male 62-year-old median age demographic of the Academy (which means fully HALF the Academy are OVER the age of 62, the other half under the age of 62: So of their 5,765 members ~ 2883 are _over_ the age of 62) and the 14% of those 5,765 members who are _under_ the age of 50 (all 807 of them), you know, if Sherak's statement is _actual_ Academy policy & has been in effect for years (decades? I shrugs), the policy seems to be ineffectual, or the reality is (maybe) the old-white-boys network in the Academy is just doing the 'exclude everybody who ain't an old, rich white dude' thing & just Talk The Talk baby (since uh, we all know that, uh, talk is what? Oh yeah: CHEEP lol)
SilenceDogood
Feb 20, 2012 3:55 AM CST
You know what's interesting, we elected Obama to bring us all together in unity, hope and change; but all I see are more signs of Race Cards, division and separation. Since Obama has been President, racial tension has increased.
MisterPlinkett
Feb 19, 2012 10:23 PM CST
So? Lot more white ppl in hollywood, so it stands to reason a lot more would win some pointless, bullshit award. the only issue i see here is that once again people would rather focus and bitch about meaningless issues while ignoring real ones.