There are nearly six thousand people that vote to award a little golden man to the best of the best in filmmaking every year, but who those nearly six thousand people are has been a mystery until now. The Los Angeles Times has done an exhaustive study of the people who actually makes up the academy. And while voters certainly consist of a who’s who of Hollywood, it’s also overwhelmingly white, older and male.
According to the study, 94% of all Oscar voters are white, and 77% of those are men. Less that 4% of voters are either Black or Latino, less than a fifth are under the age of 50 and the majority of them have never even been nominated for an Oscar let alone won one. The men, and to a lesser extent women, who are voting for the academy awards more closely resemble the U.S congress than the general movie going public.
Is this simply a reflection of who actually works in the industry? Does this have an impact on the types of movies that win, and the type of films that are being made? Should the academy make an effort to diversify their roster?
John Horn, Film Writer for the Los Angeles Times
Tom Sherak, President, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences