Whenever we hear the exciting words, ‘And the Oscar goes to…’ seldom do we think about the forces behind the decision. The Academy Awards committee is an elusive group of Hollywood insiders, whose identities are often kept under wraps. According to the LA Times, Latinos make up for only 2 percent of the Oscar voting committee.
The report also states that the group is made up of 5,765 members. Out of that total, 94 percent are Caucasian and 77 percent are Caucasian males. In addition, the average age of voters is 62.
In relation to the huge discrepancy, Academy governor Phil Alden Robinson says, “We start off with one hand tied behind our back… If the industry as a whole is not doing a great job opening up its ranks, it’s very hard for us to diversify our membership.”
We hope this study will help create more diversity at the judging table. What do you think about the statistics?