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Recently, the University of Southern California conducted a study on diversity in the Academy Awards for the Best Picture nominees from 1977-2010. The study’s results show that most of Hollywood’s actors and directors are still white males.
The study also says that women only make up 36% of the actors in Hollywood, and 11.6% of the actors are African American. 7% are of Asian descent, while fewer than 1.9% are Hispanic.
A study from the Los Angeles Times backs up these results. Their study reported that fewer than 2% of academy members are considered African American or Hispanic.
Although, the academy is starting to make changes when it comes to nominations. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer were both nominated for tonight’s awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Other famous African American actresses such as Jennifer Hudson and Whoopi Goldberg have won Best Supporting Actress in past award shows.
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