Mixing It Up

A closer look at cultural diversity

Oscar voters are white, male and over 50

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Oscars / Photo: contributed

A few times I’ve made it a point to watch Oscar-winning movies. Some were great, but most of them were the most boring movies I’ve ever seen in my life.

I recently learned that most of the people who vote for the Oscar winners are white men over 50 years old.

Entertainment Weekly reported that the LA Times conducted a study and found the following:

  •  The Academy Awards has 5,765 members.
  • 94 percent are Caucasian
  • 77 percent are male
  • Only 14 percent of the Academy is younger than 50
  • Only 2 percent are African-American
  • 2 percent are Latino.

This explains a lot. It’s probably unlikely that I, a 29 year-old black woman, would have a lot of the same movie interests as 50+ year old white man.

Categories: Demographics, Movies

3 Responses

  1. Jasper says:

    Yes, but we have many more Hispanics then blacks. We need more Hispanic actors, musicians and basketball players.

  2. Stacy Davis says:

    No, I’m just that my experiences as a young black woman make me like certain movies and dislike others. I think the same is true for the older white man.

  3. Kevin H says:

    So Stacy, are you suggesting that 50 year old white men are incapable of selecting a good movie?, or selecting a good movie that you would like?