Diversity In Hollywood Explained in 12 Infographics

The conversation about diversity in Hollywood is an important one. Here are twelve clear and compelling infographics to help us see how the issues of race, sex, and gender manifest in awards, roles, and even spec sales.

Diversity Is An Important Issue

My goal with this article is to help shine a spotlight on our industry, identify where we are making progress and where we are not, and give you the chance to share your thoughts.

Let’s start with what you already know.

Award-Winners Are Almost Entirely White

The Oscars have 87 years of data, the Emmys 24 years, and yet the winning percentages of white vs. people of color are roughly equal.

Academy Awards Infographic 18 24 - FINAL - REVISED 2-18-2015

Original Source: Blog.LeeandLow.com

Emmy Awards Infographic 18 24 - V5 2015

Original Source: Leeandlow.com

People Of Color Underrepresented Overall


Original Source: Economist.com


Original Source: NYFA.edu

Progress Is Slowly Being Made For People Of Color

While this year’s Oscars did not nominate one black actor and #OscarsSoWhite has been holding their feet to the fire for that, there is some evidence that very slow progress is being made overall by people of color in writing, directing, and acting.


Original Source: The Hollywood Reporter and The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies


Original Source: The Hollywood Reporter and The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies

Latino Actors Are Severely Underrepresented

As I read the data, it is clear that Latinos are significantly underrepresented.


Original Source: Fusion.net


Original Source: The Huffington Post

Asians Are Also Underrepresented

It’s only about TV, but here’s where things stand for Asian actors in prime time.


Original Source: Fusion

Women May Be Losing Ground Overall

Women writers have dropped slightly and women in leading roles have dropped slightly. Women showrunners have gone up, but in an alarming trend, spec sales by women have gone down, and women directors of studio projects is below 5%.

Diversity Chart Excerpts


Original Source: The Black List


Original Source: GirlTalkHQ.com

LGBT Actors Making Clear Progress

As evidence of the relationship between Hollywood and American cultural attitudes, look at this chart that shows a strong correlation between the number of LGBT characters on TV and the percentage of Americans who support marriage equality.


Original Source: GLAAD.org


There are many people in Hollywood who value diversity. However, even for politically sensitive and progressive people, it is difficult to escape the subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) influence of intersecting, institutionalized prejudice.

For those of you who would like to dig in further to the numbers, here’s a very in-depth report just published (02-22-16) by the Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg (USC’s School for Communication and Journalism).

There are also other kinds of diversity issues that I did not cover here, other underrepresented groups, and if you have an infographic that covers an aspect of this topic, please feel free to post the link in the comments.

As a final thought, I leave you with this brief quote by Idris Elba, and recommend that if you have the chance, read his full speech to the UK Parliament:


Original Source: Tumblr

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Discussion About Diversity In Hollywood Explained in 12 Infographics

  1. Anwar

    Very informative!

    I was thinking, though, that in this day and age, when more women and people of color are making greater strides in the Hollywood system, now is the time for putting their money where their mouths are. What I mean is, for those who call for more diversity in Hollywood, they could find a way to create their own studios. The best example of this is Tyler Perry. If change is to be made, the ones who want change must make the change themselves.

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