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Study Reveals Oscar Voters Are Mostly Old, White Rich Dudes

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You ever wonder why that movie you thought was REALLY good and particularly relevant to our time DIDN'T win Best Picture at the Oscars that one time (or every time). Well, a new study may have revealed an answer to that question — the majority of voters are old, white rich guys.

Out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 5,765 voting members, about 94% of white and 77% are male, while there are only 2% African American or 2% Latino voters.

The average age? 62! Only 14% of the voting membership are under the age of 50!

That's why The King's Speech beat out Social Network for Best Picture last year, because the vast majority of the members didn't even know what a social network was, let alone the internet.

This year, we were very disappointed to learn that Drive wasn't nominated in any major category (even though there was one spot left for Best Picture that went unused) and even more disappointed that only 2 original songs were nominated, when there were SOOO many deserving tunes featured in movies this year!

Many people interviewed on the subject felt that the Academy should be more representative to the audiences watching these movies. Denzel Washington is quoted for saying their needs to be more "balance", explaining:

"If the country is 12% black, make the academy 12% black. If the nation is 15% Hispanic, make the academy 15% Hispanic. Why not?"

We can totally get behind that, but there needs to be younger voters too. Actress and academy member Alfre Woodard believes a movie like Shame never stood a chance because of the graphic sexual content, explaining:

"Maybe if the median age was 45 to 50, a film like Shame might show up, which I thought was a brilliantly rendered piece but a subject matter that you don't expect a certain older demographic would flock to see."

Yeah, this is exactly why anyone betting in any Oscar pools this year should put all their money on The Artist.

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19 comments to “Study Reveals Oscar Voters Are Mostly Old, White Rich Dudes”

  1. 1

    I think a really good movie should touch the souls of everybody, no matter the age the color or the bank account's status

  2. 2

    Ok sounds like a great idea, and then we can start on sports, you know make football 12% black 15% hispanic and 71% white…….oh wait does that rule only apply to things that are a white majority?!?

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  4. 4

    This is kind of old news. I live in th midwest but I've heard that the Academy members were made of mostly retired hollywood types that love screwing things up just for fun. One story I heard was that LOTR won Best Picture becaue enought members grandkids told their grandpa's to vote for it.

  5. 5

    EVERY SINGLE OSCAR winnerdeserves the oscar. Just because you are gay, doesn't mean you have to be anal.

  6. 6

    Ugh. Anyways, you're right, they should mix it up a bit and especially with age. Man you are always on us white people w your fu*king antiwhite and pro latino agenda. I swear if it were up to you, you'd let all the illegal aliens stay and let this place become a fucking dump like down south.

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  8. 8

    More women would be nice also, thanks?

  9. 9

    ummm who needed a study to know this… this is just common sense…

  10. 10

    King's Speech WAS a better movie…

  11. 11

    People should put money on The Artist because it's a great film. I'm sure you haven't seen it but chose to judge it based on it being black & white and mostly silent. Making you a huge hypocrite.

  12. 12

    I love how minorities have the audacity to call out white straight people for racism/homophobia..Last time I checked we do not have an award show aimed solely at whites. So, its ok for blacks, Hispanics and gays to have their own award shows aimed directly at them where only they get nominated but whites cant? BET awards/show, Alma awards, GLAAD awards..It's not a one way street. Only reason why you don't hear us complaining is because we're not entitled twats wanting to use being a minority as a shield.

  13. @v@ says – reply to this


    Almost four times as many olde male farts than females. No wonder there's a shortage of good roles for women over 35. They'll be the cause of their own obsolescence.

  14. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: NookiesWA – Minorities were NOT being recognized and represented even though they were cranking out reams of good stuff in the industry. I don't blame them at all. It was an old boys network, and looks to still be.

  15. 15

    I thought this was a well-known fact?

  16. 16

    Uh…this is NEWS? Ha! Hardly.

  17. 17

    Re: @v@ – Really? Halle berry, Denzel, Idris Alba, Morgan Freeman,etc have all had tremendous success. Halle was the first black woman to receive an Oscar..Has it ever occurred to you that blacks aren't nominated simply because they are not good? The help was about blacks and it got tons of awards, her black co-stars got tons of appraise and people were saying how great of movie it was. People give credit when credit is due. If its truly good than their skin colored is ignored. People just want us to throw in every minority there is in a movie or show solely to fill a quota..Do you want people to start nominating minorities simply because they are a minority? If I were black and got nominated simply because I was black id be pissed and offended..but apparently thats what everyone wants..

  18. 18

    More racism, age discrimination & sexism from the supposed "liberal" left. It amazes me because NONE of these people would even consider writing or commenting on such a thing if it was an all black panel, nor all female. The age thing is just to further how big of hypocrites these people are with absolutely NO understanding of what the words "racism,"sexism" & discrimination means. Are there completely exclusive awards and ceremonies that completely EXCLUDE whites & males? . . . Absolutely! Clearly discrimination & prejudice is perfectly okay as long as your not on the PC list. Wow, prejudiced jerks!!!

  19. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: NookiesWA – Yes, they've finally racked up some awards. Now. Have watched some astonishing work from the decades past that was never nominated. Of course affirmative action shouldn't be a criteria for awards. That's simplistic for where I believe the world is now. Those minority awards groups were started because they were being completely ignored. I think they'll need them for a while yet, and should probably keep them to inspire future talent. Some encouragement and pats on the back is always a good thing. Whites seemed to have their own awards group for decades. Now it's even. Lily white here.