The proportion of women and members of minority ethnic or racial groups nominated for the Oscars has gone from 8% in the period between 2008 and 2015 -the year in which the #OscarsSoWhite controversy occurred- to 17% between 2015 and 2023, according to Research from the University of Southern California.
Entitled “Inclusion Initiative”, the study published this Wednesday by the Annenberg School of Journalism (USC) concluded that the percentage of female finalists in one of the 19 Oscar categories rose from 21% to 27% from one stage to another.
In 2015, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite went viral on networks, with which the African-American activist April Reign questioned the Hollywood Academy for its lack of parity, diversity and inclusion after there were only white men nominated for the four main categories of that edition. “Inclusion Initiative” it is part of a broader investigation with which the USC has examined the 13,253 professionals who have opted for the golden statuette since 1929 based on their gender, race or ethnicity.
Throughout these 95 years, according to the study, there have only been 17% of women nominated for the Oscar, while ethnic groups such as Latinos or African-Americans, who represent approximately 19% and 13% of the inhabitants of the United States, respectively, still have a residual role.
Research shows that Hispanic Oscar winners account for 2% of all Oscar winners since 1929 and that the total number of nominees from this group only represents 1.7% of the historical record of finalists. Mexican filmmakers Alejandro González Iñárritu, Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro account for 17% of all Hispanic victories at the Oscars.
Likewise, 19 indigenous men or women (0.14% of the total) managed to be nominated in these 95 years and only 3 of them were awarded. As for African Americans, they repeat the same proportion of winners as Latinos since 1929, 2%, and the historical percentage of nominees is only 1.9%.
For their part, Asian film professionals make up 2% of all nominees and 1.7% of winners thanks to the momentum gained this year by the film “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” The results obtained reflect that the Hollywood Academy is still very far from parity and no statistics is close to a representation comparable to the US demographic.
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