Old, White Men Pick the Oscar Winners

A Los Angeles Times study has found that that the vast majority of members of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences – the folks who award Oscars – are male, Caucasian, and old.

The LA Times tracked down 5,100 Oscar voters, nearly 90% of the Academy’s 5,765 voting members, and the results of their investigation make it painfully clear the influential Hollywood organization is about as diverse as a Savannah country club. 94% of members are white, 77% are male, and the median age is 62!

The Academy says they are working towards becoming more diverse, but how they are going about it isn’t entirely clear. Academy members are all film industry professionals, and their demographics simply reflect those of Hollywood at large. As long as Hollywood is predominantly run and staffed by white men, most Oscar voters will be white men.

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