Monday, February 27, 2012

Academy Awards: Study Shows Lack Of Diversity Continues In The Film Industry

The Huffington Post
Danielle Cadet First
Posted: 02/24/2012 5:59 pm
Updated: 02/26/2012 12:30 pm

It's no secret that demonstrating diversity isn't exactly Hollywood's strong point--and that fact becomes more painfully obvious on Oscar night. Although the industry has made major strides, a new University of Southern California study reveals there's still a long way to go.

According to the report, which analyzed the Academy Award's Best Picture nominees from 1977-2010, a vast majority of actors and directors are white and male. The study found that less than one percent of all directors across the 180 films in the sample were African American, and of over 1,400 speaking characters, only 11.6 percent were black, 1.9 percent were Hispanic and 7 percent were Asian. Women made up only 36 percent of those roles.

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