It’s awards season in America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has produced its least-White list of nominations. Taking a step away from the #OscarsSoWhite controversy of 2015 and 2016, in which no people of color were even included in the nominations, the Academy is honoring seven actors of color this year.
The film industry has had a problem with under-representation for a long time. Since 1965, there have only been 19 years in which more than one black person was nominated for an Oscar Award, and only eight of those years did a black nominee take home the award, according to a New York Times analysis of the Academy Awards Database.
Under-representation becomes even more stark when comparing the number of nominations from various minorities to their percentage within the U.S. population. While blacks make up 13.2 percent of the population, they only receive 7 percent of nominations. These nominations also tend to go to select actors, such as big names such as Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington. Between 1987 and 2015, 45 black actors were nominated for awards, but 11 went to Freeman and Washington. Read more at Ruggles Media.