Study finds no significant improvement in film inclusion over past decade

    By: Kelsey Vuillemot on Aug 06, 2018

    Rebecca Sun writes, "Don't be fooled by the prominent success of recent films like Wonder Woman and Get Out – Hollywood still has an inclusion problem, according to the latest study from USC's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

    The group's ever-expanding annual report – today's release, 'Inequality in 1,100 Popular Films,' covers the top 100 movies each year from 2007 through 2017 – shows no significant statistical improvement in the representation of women, people of color, LBGT characters or characters with disability over the past decade. 'We're not seeing an interesting trend either downward or upward across multiple years to suggest there's a concerted effort to be inclusive,' AII founding director Stacy L. Smith tells THR.

    The latest numbers: Although women represent 50.8 percent of the U.S. population, they represented just 31.8 percent of speaking characters last year, a disparity of almost 20 percentage points. This prevalence has held constant; among the 48,757 speaking characters in the 1,100 top-grossing films since 2007, just 30.6 percent have been female. One major reason for this gender disparity is that women have a much shorter onscreen 'lifespan' than men: There tends to be gender balance among child characters (52.7 percent male to 47.3 percent female in 2017), with the gap slightly widening in the teens (55.3 percent to 44.7 percent). But by age 40, 75.4 percent of characters were male."

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    Released: August 6, 2018, 7:57 am
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