Chart Shows the Oscars' Racial Gap

As we head into Oscar weekend, it's useful to remember who is actually voting for the Academy Awards. An LA Times report revealed in 2012 that the Academy was overwhelmingly white and male and old—which could help explain why female filmmakers rarely win awards and why people of color are vastly underrepresented at the Oscar podium. 

In advance of this year's Oscar season, Lee and Low Books interviewed several filmmakers of color and put together this infographic about race at the Academy Awards:

infographic on diversity in the academy awards

Since those depressing statistics came out, the Academy has taken steps to diversify. This past year, they admitted 100 more people into the Academy than they usually do, stacking the new roster with younger folks and several notable people of color. Bitch film columnist Nijla Mu'min wrote about the new Academy recruits: 

What this new roster can't be is a one-time apology for the years of exclusion, a kind of redemption song to get back into the good graces of the non-male, non-white general public. A roster like this should be the starting point of change, not the end. With these new voices in the mix, hopefully that sentiment will prevail.

Mu'min worried that the diversification efforts would just be a fad—I'll be interested to see whether the Oscars wind up overlooking actors of color this weekend, as the Golden Globes did

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs may

Cheryl Boone Isaacs may accelerate the diversification process? Though am a bit worried that she's distracted by women producer achievements (they so often reinforce the white male writer/director defaults)

This was such an interesting

This was such an interesting infographic to come across tonight. I absolutely love watching award shows but I sadly never stepped back to realize what a lack of diversity it portrayed. It also makes me thing of the red carpet pre-shows where men are interview about their work and women are interviewed about their dress designers and nail designs. I am thrilled that Lupita Nyong'o won tonight but the AA's definitely have work to do.

Latino Oscar Winners

Most of this information is interesting, but the one that says there have been NO WINNERS of Acting Oscars in the past 10 years that have been of latino descent isn't true. Javier Bardem won for "No Country for Old Men" in 2007 and Penelope Cruz won for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" in 2008.

Might want to abridge this article to mention that oversight.

Latino Oscar Winners

Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz are both from Spain, so while they are Spanish-speaking, they aren't considered people of color/Latino (the definition of Latino used here is people of Latin American descent).

Very nice post. I had been

Very nice post. I had been waiting for the moments of Oscar awards but i unfortunately missed it.

Jews aren't white.

Jews aren't white.