The Chart Gallery 1/13: The Oscars (lack of) diversity

Posted by Maddie Hall on 1/13/20 2:59 PM

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The 2020 Oscars nominations were released today and unsurprisingly, the list is not as diverse as audiences wanted. Let's dive into the history of the Oscars' lack of diversity in its nominations:


Not representative

The Oscars do not represent the demographics of the United States. While the US population is just over 60 percent white, Oscar nominations and wins are historically just above 80 percent white.


Affected by a lack of a nomination

After being nominated, films historically receive a boost in sales. By omitting diverse films and filmmakers from nominations, the films do not receive the additional profits that their competitors do.


Dialogue disputes

A reason for a lack of diversity in Oscars recognition is the lack of lines written for women in produced screenplays, especially for established and older actresses.

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Invisible actresses

A third of the top films of 2018 featured zero black women and 54% of the top 100 films didn’t feature a single Asian woman either.

11 Epidemic of Invisibility 2019


The Black List, which is comprised of the top unproduced screenplays in the industry, was almost 60 percent female-driven shows in 2019. Female-driven shows are in demand but are not being produced.


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