The Representation Project is a premier research organization with a focus on gender representations in media. Our research enables content creators to produce more inclusive and diverse worlds on big and little screens. The Rep Project analyze representations with an intersectional focus on gender, race, disability, age, body size, sexuality, and social class.   

Led by Dr. Caroline Heldman, the team includes expert researchers with over two decades of experience in professional and academic research. Our team designs, implements, analyzes, and creates custom reports on all forms of media representation. We produce proprietary and public-facing sponsored research, as well as our own studies of representations in film, television, video games, advertising, award shows, and other media.


  • Only one-in-four (25.8%) Best Picture winners revolve around the life of a woman lead or co-lead.
  • Only 8.9% of Best Picture winners feature stories about the lives of people of color.
  • In nearly a century of Academy Awards, only one film has ever featured an LGBTQ+ lead (Moonlight, 2017).
  • Only 4.8% of winning films feature a lead with a disability.
  • No film featuring an Asian, Black, South Asian, Native American/ Pacific Islander, MENA, lesbian, or larger woman lead/co-lead has ever won an Academy Award for Best Picture.
  • Only one Best Picture film, Driving Miss Daisy (1990), has ever centered the story of a female character over 50.

Read the full Oscar Report HERE.


For more information on The Rep Project’s research capabilities, download our Capabilities Overview. To request a quote on proprietary research, please contact us at or 415-233-4060 x1.