The Rep Project’s Oscar Report analyzes representations of gender, race, disability, and LGBTQ+ status for leading characters in Best Picture winners. Our key findings:
- 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.
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