Oscar 2016: Actors Branch Is 87 Percent White

According to a New York Times study, the actors branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is the largest group, is 87 percent white and overwhelmingly made up of older, male members.

More than two-thirds of the actors are over 60 years old.

Only 42 percent of the members are women.

Out of its 1,100 members in the branch, only about 6 percent of the actors are black, under 4 percent are Hispanic, and under 2 percent are Asian.

A representative from the Academy has confirmed these findings.

This year’s #OscarsSoWhite debate began after not a single nonwhite actor was nominated for any of the four acting categories at the Academy Awards. In response, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs laid out a plan that she believes could create a more diverse membership over the next five years.
Included in that initiative is a new yearly recruiting effort, the addition of three more board of governors seats and the implementation of a voting rights review every 10 years.
Some members have applauded her efforts, while others argue that it discriminates against veteran voting members.

The New York Times reports that in order to meet Boone Isaacs’ goals, the Academy would have to add 14 black actors and 9 Hispanic or Asian actors each year. That alone would add up the same number that were invited to join the actors branch last year.