This is Why The Social Network Would Never Win Best Picture

21 Feb

The Los Angeles Times recently conducted a study on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, or more specifically, who makes up the Academy. Shocker: the awards winners are voted on by…old white guys.

According to the study (which is very thorough and can be seen in detail here):

  • Oscar voters are nearly 94% Caucasian and 77% male
  •  Blacks are about 2% of the academy, and Latinos are less than 2%
  • Voters have a median age of 62, the study showed
  • People younger than 50 constitute just 14% of the membership
So when you hear someone say that a movie is or is not likely to win based on “what the academy like,” it’s actually very likely to be the case. Just look at last year’s Best Picture race: it had been between The King’s Speech and The Social Network leading up to the telecast, but the edge was always given to TKS for being more of an Academy picture that was appealing to older generations. Is it really any surprise that a movie about the early days of Facebook might have been outside this voting body’s realm of understanding?
This study comes at a great time too: just before the awards are handed out, while everyone is outlining their predictions! Check back this week for my predictions and more stuff leading up to the big show!

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4 Responses to “This is Why The Social Network Would Never Win Best Picture”

  1. stephenholtshow February 22, 2012 at 12:08 am #

    No surprise to me, Katie. Were YOU surprised? They aren’t even ONLINE! They don’t have COMPUTERS, too, some of them, though they are too embarassed to admit it. That’s why they use snail mail. THAT they understand.

    • Katie February 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

      I have to admit, I was surprised that the percentage of Caucasian votes was THAT high. 94% is such an absurd number. As for the age breakdowns, no surprises there =)

      Excited for the big show?

  2. Kim February 22, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    Doesn’t that seem incredibly unfair? Is there any movement to make the academy be a more diverse, representative group?

    • Katie February 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

      Kim, it does seem unfair. From the study, it seems like members of the academy are at least aware there’s a problem, but I don’t get the feeling that this is something that will change in the short term, especially since membership in the academy is for life.

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