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Correction: Oscars-Diversity-By the Numbers story

February 19, 2015

In a story Feb. 18 listing racial statistics from the Academy Awards and the film industry, The Associated Press reported erroneously that nine African American actors have won an Oscar. The correct number is 15.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Oscars diversity - By the Numbers

Oscars diversity - By the Numbers

By The Associated Press

Number of the 20 acting nominees in Sunday’s Academy Awards who are non-white: 0

Percentage of 6,000-plus membership of the Academy who are non-white: 6

Number of black, Latino and Asian actors who won Oscars since the first awards in 1929: 15, 4 and 3

Percentage of non-white acting nominees in Academy’s 87-year history: 9.4

Number of female winners in the best director category: 1 (Kathryn Bigelow).

Percentage of blacks in the United States: 13.2

Percentage of Latinos in the U.S. population: 17.1

Percentage of Asians in the U.S. population: 5.3

Percentage of African-American speaking roles in the 500 top-grossing films at the U.S. box office in 2013: 10.8

Of Hispanics: 4

Asians: 5

Number of black filmmakers among the 565 directors of the top 500 films in the previous five years: 33

Number of black women filmmakers: 2

Percentage of women directing the top-100 grossing films each year from 2002 through 2012: 4.4


Sources: Associated Press analysis of Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences voting history; 2012 Los Angeles Times investigation; 2014 UCLA report on diversity in film and TV; Motion Picture Association of America; USC Annenberg’s 2013 Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative report.

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