How to make the Oscars more diverse

This year’s nominations for the Academy Awards have been criticized for their lack of diversity despite the existence of worthy contenders. Even the president of the Academy expressed disappointment. Roy Wood Jr. reveals to Trevor Noah why it is so hard for black people to get even nominated and what they should do to get greater recognition.

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  1. moarscienceplz says

    In recent years, the academy has ramped up its efforts to diversify its membership, which numbers more than 6,000 and is overwhelmingly white and male. (The organization does not disclose demographic information about its ranks, but a 2012 study by the Los Angeles Times found the academy to be 94% Caucasian and 77% male, with a median age of 62.)

    How about this, break down each vote by the age of the member casting it and then weight it by the percentage of people that age that actually go to the movies. So if 5% of the average movie audience is in their 60s, then the total of votes of sexagenarian Academy members gets multiplied by .05.

  2. StevoR says

    Yes.There should be more diverse actors and representations of people (& stories) from all round our pale blue dot.

    On a bit of a tangent but also somewhat related here we have this :

    article calling for more transgender actors. (Whilst not actually hiring one in a role that could have really used one. Although Eddy Redmayne is one extremely impressive actor.)

  3. Jockaira says

    The Oscars are not awarded on the basis of talent etc. but more on the favors that have been done in the industry for others, such as in hiring, providing financing, connections, and in many cases, simple recognition of years of just plain hard work. Like many other industries Hollywood has a few major players and a multitude of part-timers, etc.You can’t expect entrenched interests to reward talent when the ties that bind are based on money, relationships, and vast backlogs of owed favors.

    Because most of Hollywood and its power are white and male, it’s only logical and human for Oscars to be portioned accordingly.

    Shame on you for expecting anything else.

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