After the killing of George Floyd, the Academy Awards moved to make Oscar nominees more inclusive. The new study has revealed how the film industry needs to work on the diversity in sets.
The latest report by the Inclusion Initiative at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism finds out that the Hollywood remains far from reflecting the makeup of its American audiences,
Stacy L Smith, director of the Inclusion Initiative said in an interview, “There is a bright spot or two in this report, but the backdrop to that is really problematic. “It reflects a lack of seriousness, some ambivalence, and apathy on the part of the creative community and the inability of different companies to really set in place policies and procedures that would change the status quo.The data don’t reflect an overall ecosystem shift.”
The USC researchers had tracked Hollywood’s progress from the past 13 years and marked improvements. Although last year in the yo 100 films at the box office, only 32 featured leads from underrepresented groups, an increase of five from 2018. Whereas in the year 2017, the representation was only 13. The research also revealed that the twelve of the top 100 films were directed by women and four times the number in the year 2007. It was also found that the 43 films had girls or women in the leading role which is an increase from the last year and double than the 2007 .
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