Women Won Only 19 Percent of Non-Acting Oscars: Study

Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow

A study released Thursday confirmed what women in Hollywood have known for years: Only 19 percent of non-acting Academy Awards have gone to women over the last decade.

The report by the Women’s Media Center is the latest indiction that gender bias at the Oscars, like racial inequities, is a symptom of a larger problem at Hollywood studios, talent agencies and guilds.

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“There is a clear connection between the low numbers of women hired for behind-the-scenes jobs in film and women’s low representation among Oscar nominees,” said Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center. “If they’re not hired in these non-acting categories, they’ll never have a chance to be recognized for their excellence.”

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From 2006 to 2015, women received 327 nominations in non-acting roles that include producers, writers, directors, and cinematographers. That compared to 1,387 nominations for men.