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Monday, February 20, 2012

Movies White People Like

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 2:29 PM

THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES They absolutely LOVED The Artist!
  • ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES They LOVED The Artist.

Oh, right. Okay. So this explains the Oscars!

A Los Angeles Times study found that academy voters are markedly less diverse than the moviegoing public, and even more monolithic than many in the film industry may suspect. Oscar voters are nearly 94 percent Caucasian and 77 percent male, the Times found. Blacks are about 2 percent of the academy, and Latinos are less than 2 percent.

Oscar voters have a median age of 62, the study showed. People younger than 50 constitute just 14 percent of the membership.

The whole thing's worth a read. Since they basically function as Hollywood's annual infomercial, it's easy to dismiss the Oscars—but on the other hand, since they basically function as Hollywood's annual infomercial, the awards also affect what movies get made. Just as studios finance X number of blockbusters a year, they finance X number of Oscar baits. Which I suspect means if those who were voting on the Oscars were a bit more diverse—age-wise, gender-wise, ethnicity-wise—we'd end up with few less Hugo BJs and a little more attention paid to movies that aren't made by and for old white dudes. Descendants what?

Hey that's weird how did these totally unrelated videos end up on here, what a strange coincidence

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