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IMBALANCE IN THE ACADEMY DEMOGRAPHICS

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Wesley Jalipa, Scpa Student Journalist

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In the last few years, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has been under some heavy questioning regarding their demographics.

A 2012 report by the Los Angeles Times exposed a major imbalance in the diversity of Academy members. The majority of Academy members, the research found, are predominantly older white men. According to the study, 94% of the Academy is white, with a black population of “about 2%” and a Latino population of less than 2%. 76% percent of the Academy is male, and the Academy’s median age is 62, with only 14% of the Academy being under the age of 50.

In the 87th Academy Awards, which took place on February 22nd 2015 and recognized films released in 2014, of the 20 Academy Awards  nominations for acting, all of the nominations were white actors, for  the third time since 1995. This could point to a prejudice resulting from the demographic gap.

In both the 86th and 87th Academy Awards, however, the award for Best Director has gone to a Mexican (to Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity in the 86th, and to Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) in the 87th, possibly showing that the demographic gap has little bearing on the choices of the Academy.

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