A recent study done on the voters of the Academy Awards shows that these highly respected people making decisions on which piece of entertainment should win are experts, but not representative of a diverse group of people in a community. American is a diverse nation demographically, often termed as the melting pot of not just Europe, but since the past two decades, of the entire world too.
But this same reflection is not seen in the 5,765 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). The Oscars are considered to be international awards because of the wide reach that Hollywood movies have and also because at the Oscars foreign films and filmmakers are also celebrated and appreciated for their works with nominations in dedicated categories only. This is a disappointing truth actually and the Academy should do something fast to mend this white-male patriarchal image.
The study was done by The Los Angeles Times, which found 94% of the voters to be white and 77% males. This proves that non-whites and females have largely been left out again in expressing their taste on what films, directors, actors, and cast and crew members should be chosen to be outstanding in a year for a particular piece of art in filmmaking and can considered to be worthy of Hollywood’s highest honour. Only 2% are Blacks and also 2% are Hispanics.
Though this is something that is known for long about the Academy, but the study serves as a good reminder. To defend the prestige of the Academy against any kind of stigma of prejudice, the President of the Academy, Tom Sherak said that they are trying to diversify its membership rolls.