|—||Hayao Miyazaki (via chicelt)|
Oscar voters are nearly 94% Caucasian and 77% male, Blacks are about 2% of the academy, and Latinos are less than 2%.
Oscar voters have a median age of 62. People younger than 50 constitute just 14% of the membership.
Most of the academy’s 15 branches are almost exclusively white and male. Caucasians currently make up 90% or more of every academy branch except actors, whose roster is 88% white. The academy’s executive branch is 98% white, as is its writers branch.
Men compose more than 90% of five branches, including cinematography and visual effects. Of the academy’s 43-member board of governors, six are women; public relations executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs is the sole person of color.
The academy began making public the names of its invitees in 2004, but does not say which ones accept and become members.
The more than 1,000 people invited to join since 2004 include black actors such as Jennifer Hudson, Mo’Nique and Jeffrey Wright. But overall, the group was only slightly more diverse than the academy it was joining — 89% white and 73% male. In 2011, the invitees were 30% female and 10% nonwhite.
The academy’s overall composition before and after the 2004 policy shift remained close to 93% Caucasian and 76% male, and its median age dropped from 64 to 62.
Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave—based off of a black man’s life, screen adapted by a black man and directed by a black man, starring 2 incredibly talented black people
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Best Music (Original Song): Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez for “Let It Go”, Frozen
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
First POC male to win an EGOT? Robert Lopez
First Latin American director to win Best Director? Alfonso Curaon
Plenty of greatness to celebrate tonight
after making a post about with statistics about black oscar nominees/winners, i was asked to do it for other PoC so here you go, a compilation post
since the academy awards began in 1929:
a black man has been nominated for best leading actor 20 times
- out of these 20 nominations, there are only 13 different black men who have been nominated
- only twice were more than one black actor nominated in the same year
- out of these 20 nominations, only four won (not including Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is nominated this year and will hopefully win)
- out of these 20 nominations, 16 were for roles that had to be played by black men (i.e. they were based on real people or the storyline called for it)
- Out of the mere 4 roles in which the actor being black was not specifically required, only 2 roles could really have realistically been played by an actor of another racewithout it being awkward/unrealistic/changing the story (Denzel Washington in Flight, and Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption)
a black woman has been nominated for the academy award for best leading actress 10 times
- only once was more than one black actress nominated in the same year
- out of these 10 nominations, only one won
- every single role required a black actress
an asian man has been nominated for best leading actor 3 times
- out of those three nominations, two won
- only two different asian men have been nominated
- out of those three nominations, all three had to be played by asian men
- there have never been more than one asian man nominated in the same year
- the last time an asian man was nominated for best leading actor was 11 years agoan asian woman has been nominated for best leading actress 1 time
- no asian woman has ever won the oscar for best leading actress
- the role did not require an asian actress
- the last time an asian woman was nominated for best leading actress was 79 years ago
a latino or hispanic man (including those born in and outside the US) has been nominated for best leading actor 10 times
- of those 10 nominations, only 1 won
- of those 10 nominations, only 6 different men were nominated
- of those 10 nominations, 4 had to be played by hispanic/latino men
- at least half of the men nominated have been white-passing (this is not just an opinion: they played specifically white characters such as italians and greeks)a latina or hispanic woman (including those born in and outside the US) has been nominated for best leading actress 4 times
- no hispanic or latina actress has ever won the oscar for best actress
- every role nominated required a hispanic or latina actress
do you see the problems here?
- ridiculously low number of PoC nominees, and even lower number of PoC winners
- lack of opportunities presented to PoC actors: the roles that do not specify a race are overwhelmingly given to white actors, leaving only the PoC-specific roles for PoC actors
- the number of movies starring PoC people or with the cast being a majority PoC, but not about their race, is stunningly low
I don’t know who these dudes are, but they obvs know what’s up.
I mean, for real, great life philosophy.
an asian woman has never won the oscar for best leading actress
the last and only time an asian woman was nominated for an oscar for best leading actress was 79 years ago (and she was white-passing and concealed her race)
just let that sink in
DAVIS: I know. It really does boggle the mind. In family films and kids television shows, for every one female character, there are three male characters. But lest people think that it’s all bad news, we were able to see an increase in the percentage of female characters in family films, such that if we add female characters at the rate we have been for the past 20 years, we will achieve parity in 700 years.
DAVIS: And my institute, we have dedicated ourselves to cutting that in half. And we will not rest until it’s only 350 years.
LYDEN: Why is this the case?
DAVIS: My theory is that since all anybody has seen when they are growing up is this big imbalance that the movies that they’ve watched are about, let’s say, five-to-one as far as female presence is concerned. That’s what starts to look normal. And let’s think about in difference segments of society - 17 percent of cardiac surgeons are women, 17 percent of tenured professors are women. It just goes on and on. And isn’t that strange that that’s also the percentage of women in crowd scenes in movies? What if we’re actually training people to see that ratio as normal so that when you’re an adult, you don’t notice?
LYDEN: I wonder what the impact is of all of this lack of female representation.
DAVIS: We just heard a fascinating and disturbing study where they looked at the ratio of men and women in groups. And they found that if there’s 17 percent women, the men in the group think it’s 50-50. And if there’s 33 percent women, the men perceive that as there being more women in the room than men.
LYDEN: Oh, my goodness.
DAVIS: So is it possible that 17 percent women has become so comfortable and so normal that that’s just sort of unconsciously expected?
LYDEN: Why else, Geena Davis, do these kinds of disparities matter?
DAVIS: What we’re in effect doing is training children to see that women and girls are less important than men and boys. We’re training them to perceive that women take up only 17 percent of the space in the world. And if you add on top of that that so many female characters are sexualized, even in things that are aimed at little kids, that’s having an enormous impact as well.
It’s a cartoon about three women (The Crystal Gems) with all different skin tones and body types (!) and one chubby boy (Steven Universe). And it’s AMAZING. I’ve been watching it obsessively. Not only are The Crystal Gems completely bad ass, but the art is beautiful, and the show is super adorable.
Its creator is Rebecca Sugar, who was a storyboard writer, artist and composer for Adventure Time. This series is the first on Cartoon Network from a solo female creator.
While Sugar’s background obviously influenced some of the show’s aesthetics, It seems like the plot is playing out Adventure Time style too, slowly revealing secrets about the world, which is THE BEST. Also, the colours and anime sparkles in some of the scenes are really reminiscent of Sailor Moon, so that’s magical.
Anyway, this is my favourite new show, and you should all watch it so that I can have someone to love it with me.
(+ that last episode tho !! )