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  • BabsJohnson
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    I apologize if this was already posted, but I saw this graphic from the LA Times and thought it was interesting. It breaks down AMPAS membership by gender, race, age, etc….

    http://graphics.latimes.com/towergraphic-la-et-academy-tower/

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    Fishbiscuit
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    Very interesting.  Thanks for posting this!!!!! The lack of deversity is almost laughable.  

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    Riley
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    See also the interactive chart at http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/movies/academy

    Ha:
    94% white
    77% male
    2% under 40
    54% over 60
    median age 62

    Invitees from last eight years:
    89% white
    74% male
    Uh, I guess that is an improvement?

    So 3% of voters live in London, eh?  Some British bloc.

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    BabsJohnson
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    Another LA Times about AMPAS membership.

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/movies/academy/la-et-movie-academy-surprises-academy-project-html,0,7659145.htmlstory

    I think when Karl Malden was president, the median age was 70 so this is an improvement I guess?

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    Pavel Romanov
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    What percentage of the membership body actually votes? I have never seen this statistic.

    As in political elections, I’d assume older voters vote far more often than their younger counterparts.

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    Logan
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    This is very interesting and surprising. Thanks for posting.

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    BabsJohnson
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    What percentage of the membership body actually votes? I have never seen this statistic.

    As in political elections, I’d assume older voters vote far more often than their younger counterparts.

    89% are elgible to vote. The times did profile some members and for the most part they seemed to take their “duties” as members seriously. I do wonder how prevelant having a spouse, relative, friend, assistant, etc…. filling out a memeber’s ballot is?

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    This LA Times article, three reporters on it, major research, not a cheap job, is being ridiculed across the media as the biggest joke of the year.

    On my own without research I’ve given just about the exact same stats here over the years (medium age early 60s, nearly 80% male, over 90% white).

    The interesting part, if any, was that George Lucas has never joined.

    One issue that will be overcome with time is they have a lot of aging members who under present conditions (acceptance is now more achievement oriented along with whom you know) would not join, including a lot of actors from the 1950s and 60s who were never that big to start off with. The impact of revealing the names of new members a few years ago has improved the situation.

    But as an achievement-type organization, of course other than actors few people under 30 are going to be eligible, and most new members are still going to be in their 40s or older.

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    This LA Times article, three reporters on it, major research, not a cheap job, is being ridiculed across the media as the biggest joke of the year.

    Where are you getting that?

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    Fishbiscuit
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    This data answers a lot of questions for me. Arkin’s win, Washington’s loss for Malcolm X, and why films like “Drive” get snubbed.  

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    RT : How many of its dwindling investigative dollars did the LAT spend to prove the Academy is white & male?

     

     

    February 19, 2012 by Ryan Adams in AMPAS, AMPAS Antics, AWARDS CHATTER | 73 Comments

    Breaking news from the Department of Obvious Observations. The LATimes has dug deep and found the facts to back up what we’ve known for years: ”Oscar voters overwhelmingly white, male. Media age is 62.

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    Fishbiscuit
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    I don’t believe this information is obvious to most “regular folks.” Most people would assume Lucas and Allen are in the Academy. 

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    Riley
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    Of course Deadline and Awards Daily think that this is obvious.  Even when they say stuff like, “found the facts to back up what we’ve known for years”, it does not really translate to “the biggest joke of the year.”

    The Associated Press is counting it as news and their take on the story is being syndicated across the board by the mainstream media.

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    Scottferguson
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    News comes from the root “new” as in not previously known information.

    That the demographics of the Academy are what they are is not news. This is retread information, as is nearly everything else in the “story”. I even now remember that Lucas wasn’t a member (that Allen wasn’t I also knew).

    This is on the front page of the LA Times, with 3 full pages inside. It’s presented as though this should be a Pulitzer-prize winning exclusive.

    It’s not them doing the story that is getting the ridicule. It is them putting it out there as though they’ve made some major discovery. They haven’t. And it’s part of a bigger problem.

    Part of this is that the LATimes is in severe decline, has editors now with little LA background and less awareness of the industry.

    This would be like a Detroit paper doing a story about how most car company executives are wealthy and living in expensive suburbs. It’s already known information.

    As Nikke Finke wrote, this took no balls, unlike doing a survey of agents or production or studio execs and figuring out who the powerful people are who make the decisions. That would have been more interesting.

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    I don’t believe this information is obvious to most “regular folks.” Most people would assume Lucas and Allen are in the Academy. 

    Fish, I believe this demographic has been common knowledge since the beginning.

    Looks as if I’m wrong about this. Also, I’m reluctant to paint older and caucasian voters as having some kind of mental disadvantage or even bias across the board.

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