Analysis of Oscar Voters: 91% White, 76% Male

Los Angeles Times crunches the numbers
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2016 11:05 AM CST
Analysis of Oscar Voters: 91% White, 76% Male
An Oscar statue is seen during setup for the 88th Academy Awards in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has promised to diversify its membership—but making good on that promise is slow-going: A Los Angeles Times analysis of 5,800 of the academy's 6,261 voting members shows that 91% are white and 76% are male, only a slight improvement from 2012, when 94% of voters were white and 77% were male. What's more, the academy's executive branch is 98% white and its public relations branch is 95% white.

Meanwhile, about 87% of lead actors, 87% of directors, and 92% of writers for the top 163 films of 2014 were white, according to a new UCLA study, per the Washington Post. "What doesn't interest them is the current black experience or black culture," filmmaker Rod Lurie says of the academy, which hands out its annual honors on Sunday. "A movie like Straight Outta Compton doesn't stand a chance." The UCLA study also found that women directed only 3% of 2014's major films. The academy says it will double the number of women and minority voters (now 1,500 and 535, respectively) by 2020.

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