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Diversity In The Movie Industry Statistics

Increased diversity in the movie industry should be pursued to accurately represent the diverse makeup of society and provide more opportunities for underrepresented groups.

With sources from: time.com, variety.com, womenandhollywood.com, hollywoodreporter.com and many more

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As of 2020, women represented only 41% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 100 grossing movies, an increase of only 3% from 2019.

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In 2019, films with casts that were from 41% to 50% minority were the most successful at the box office.

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In 2020, only 16% of films had a protagonist from an underrepresented racial/ethnic group.

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76% of all female characters in the top-grossing films of 2019 were white.

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As of 2019, only 7.6% of directors were women, and only 5.5% were minority women.

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Only 4.3% of all directors across 1,335 films studied from 2007-2019 were black, and just 6 were black women.

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Among the top 1,300 films from 2007-2019, fewer than 1% of all directors were women of color.

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In 2019, films directed by women represented a record 10.6% of the top grossing films in the U.S.

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In 2015, only 33% of speaking characters in film were female, whilst 18% of films had a balanced cast with half of the characters female.

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Only 1.9% of directors of top grossing films in the period between 2007 and 2019 were Asian.

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In 2020, the number of Black actors in leading roles hit a 14-year high with 17.6%, but still below proportional representation.

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In the Oscars' 92-year history, only 5 women have ever been nominated for Best Director and only one has won.

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As of 2019, Asian workers made up just 5.9% of employed actors and 3.3% of writers.

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In 2020, about 34% of speaking characters were females in movie industry.

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As of 2020, only 2% of cinematographers of the top 100 domestic films were women.

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In 2019, women of color accounted for just 14.4% of the directors of theatrical films.

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Black directors helmed 15.1% of the 273 films released in 2019, a dramatic increase from 2018's 6.3%.

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Only 0.2% of top films in 2020 featured a lead or co-lead with a disability.

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In this post, we examine the stark statistics surrounding diversity within the movie industry. From the representation of women and minorities in key roles behind and in front of the camera to the underwhelming figures of directors from various ethnic backgrounds, these numbers shed light on the persistent disparities and challenges faced by marginalized groups in the film world. Let’s delve into the data and explore the current state of diversity in the movie industry.

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"As of 2020, women represented only 41% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 100 grossing movies, an increase of only 3% from 2019."

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"In 2019, films with casts that were from 41% to 50% minority were the most successful at the box office."

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"In 2020, only 16% of films had a protagonist from an underrepresented racial/ethnic group."

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"76% of all female characters in the top-grossing films of 2019 were white."

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"As of 2019, only 7.6% of directors were women, and only 5.5% were minority women."

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"Only 4.3% of all directors across 1,335 films studied from 2007-2019 were black, and just 6 were black women."

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"Among the top 1,300 films from 2007-2019, fewer than 1% of all directors were women of color."

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"In 2019, films directed by women represented a record 10.6% of the top grossing films in the U.S."

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"In 2015, only 33% of speaking characters in film were female, whilst 18% of films had a balanced cast with half of the characters female."

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"Only 1.9% of directors of top grossing films in the period between 2007 and 2019 were Asian."

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"In 2020, the number of Black actors in leading roles hit a 14-year high with 17.6%, but still below proportional representation."

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"In the Oscars' 92-year history, only 5 women have ever been nominated for Best Director and only one has won."

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"As of 2019, Asian workers made up just 5.9% of employed actors and 3.3% of writers."

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"In 2020, about 34% of speaking characters were females in movie industry."

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"As of 2020, only 2% of cinematographers of the top 100 domestic films were women."

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"In 2019, women of color accounted for just 14.4% of the directors of theatrical films."

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"Black directors helmed 15.1% of the 273 films released in 2019, a dramatic increase from 2018's 6.3%."

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"Only 0.2% of top films in 2020 featured a lead or co-lead with a disability."

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Interpretation

The statistics presented paint a stark picture of the lack of diversity and representation in the movie industry. Despite some marginal improvements in the representation of women and minorities in behind-the-scenes roles and on-screen characters, the numbers show that there is still a long way to go towards achieving true equality. Women and minorities continue to be underrepresented in key creative positions such as directors and writers, and the characters portrayed in films do not accurately reflect the diversity of society. Efforts must be made to break down these barriers and create a more inclusive and representative industry that reflects the full spectrum of human experiences.

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