The lack of diversity in Hollywood has come under fire in the wake of this year’s Oscars nominations, which included all-white nominees. In response, the Academy announced dramatic changes to its membership policies in an effort to increase diversity. While these efforts are a step in the right direction, the problem is systemic throughout Hollywood. At every level, from studio executives to the writers’ room, on-screen and behind the camera, minorities are drastically underrepresented. In addition to racial diversity, gender diversity has also come to the forefront, as a significantly smaller portion of women (both white and minority) are employed in the industry than men.
A 2014 report from the USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and a 2015 Hollywood Diversity Report from UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies delved into the issues, assessing the presence of minorities in all areas of the entertainment industry. Just how low are the numbers? Here are the stats that show the state of Hollywood today.
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