When the Oscars take place on Sunday, February 28, just 22% of the non-acting award hopefuls at Dolby Theatre will be female.
Depressingly, that’s actually an above-average rate for women nominees, who have made up just 19% of the non-actor Oscar nominees in the last ten years (2006-2015), according to a new study from the Women’s Media Center (WMC).
Female film professionals received just 326 nods for behind-the-scenes roles in the last decade, compared to 1,3887 men.
The WMC crunched the numbers on 19 of the 24 Oscar categories. Excluded were the four prizes for actors, as their numbers are already divided equally by gender, and the Best Foreign Language Film category, which is awarded to a country, rather than an individual or a team.
–From 2006 to 2015, women constituted 24% of the producing (Best Picture) nominees. The percentage of female nominees doubled from 2006 to 2015, [but] the progress has been unsteady.
–In the past 10 years, only one woman, Kathryn Bigelow, was nominated for the Directing award.
–Between 2006 and 2015, female nominees accounted for 13% of the total nominations for Writing (Original Screenplay and Adapted Screenplay). In 2015, women have a total of four nominations in the writing categories, tying the all-time high from 2007.
–Male nominees have dominated the Film Editing category: A mere 17% of the total nominations in the past decade were for women.
Writer/director Amma Asante commented: “The number of women film directors, especially black female directors, is abysmally low in an industry that too often is insular and resistant to change. The makeup of the Academy is only part of the problem. Most often, it’s the lack of opportunity available to women, and it’s especially hard if you are a woman of color. It’s important to change the narrative for little girls so that they can picture themselves in the director’s chair—a position of strength, power, and prestige. Through the director’s lens, I have the ability to shape, create, entertain, educate, and inspire. I would only hope that my work as a screenwriter and director gives hope to young women.”
Read the full report from the WMC, which includes sections devoted to each of the 19 categories tallied: Best Picture; Directing; Writing (Original Screenplay); Writing (Adapted Screenplay); Film Editing; Cinematography; Production Design; Costume Design; Makeup and Hairstyling; Original Score; Original Song; Documentary Feature; Documentary Short Subject; Sound Mixing; Sound Editing; Visual Effects; Animated Feature and Short Film (Live Action).