Source: New York Times
With the many nominations for “12 Years a Slave,” the Oscars this year are poised to make history by honoring more black performers and filmmakers than ever before, and possibly the first black director ever. A majority of members of the Academy, as an investigation by The Los Angeles Times confirmed in 2012 , are older white men, and their track record of honoring the work of minorities is, to put it mildly, abysmal. Of the 85 best actress trophies handed out so far, just one went to a person of color: Halle Berry in 2002.
The infographic below [above in this post], developed by the publisher Lee & Low Books, presents the stats in clear fashion. Click here for interviews with independent filmmakers of color about their roles in Hollywood. (And click on the graphic to enlarge it.)
Lee & Low is a children’s book publisher focusing on bringing diverse authors and voices to the forefront, and promoting conversations around the topic, said a spokeswoman, Hannah Ehrlich.
Under the Academy’s new president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first African-American woman to lead it, and the chief executive, Dawn Hudson, the organization is taking steps to broaden its ranks, inviting a new array of younger members and aiming for a diverse roster of faces at the show on March 2.
Graphic by Lee & Low Books