Admin wrote:Just throwing this out there:
A Los Angeles Times study found that academy voters are markedly less diverse than the moviegoing public, and even more monolithic than many in the film industry may suspect. Oscar voters are nearly 94% Caucasian and 77% male, The Times found. Blacks are about 2% of the academy, and Latinos are less than 2%.
Oscar voters have a median age of 62, the study showed. People younger than 50 constitute just 14% of the membership.
I have a friend who used to be the Admin Assistant to a VP of Production at MGM. Big time guy, used have a company with Steve McQueen. Anyway, she worked for him for six years, iirc. Every year, he let her cast his Oscar votes. Not fill the ballot out with his picks... he let her vote for her own choices. (She would always ask me about the Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing categories)
And I got to cast a Grammy ballot once, because my boss - who was at the time the president of the L.A. NARAS chapter - wasn't going to bother that year. So I asked him if I could vote, and he gave me the ballot. NARAS, btw, is the organization that puts on the Grammys.
Point being: Academy membership
and Academy voters
can be two quite different things.