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Women, minorities overlooked in Oscars best picture race
Fri, Feb 22, 2008
AFP

HOLLYWOOD - HALLE Berry and Denzel Washington might have helped break down colour barriers at the Oscars, but the Academy Awards best picture race remains a largely white, male preserve, a study said on Thursday.

Women and minorities continue to be sharply under-represented in movies nominated for the Oscars coveted best picture statuette, a University of Southern California study revealed.

Research found that nearly four times as many males as females had speaking roles in the five films nominated for best picture, a statistic that has remained constant for three decades.

Meanwhile four times as many white actors have speaking roles compared to non-white actors.

'The gender-imbalance findings are a microcosm of a much bigger representational phenomenon in American film and television,' said USC professor Stacy Smith, one of the study's authors.

Where films were directed by a woman, the percentage of female speaking characters rose to 41 per cent from 27 per cent for male directors, the study found. -- AFP

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