The Los Angeles Times, in a truly stunning display of investigative journalism, discovered some rather sinister things about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the people in charge of voting for and handing out the Oscars.
"A Los Angeles Times study found that academy voters are markedly less diverse than the moviegoing public, and even more monolithic than many in the film industry may suspect. Oscar voters are nearly 94% Caucasian and 77% male, The Times found. Blacks are about 2% of the academy, and Latinos are less than 2%.
Oscar voters have a median age of 62, the study showed. People younger than 50 constitute just 14% of the membership."
So, basically, the awards are decided by a group of people that don't really reflect the people who go to movies, but the Academy has a reputation for being an elitist bunch so this isn't exactly surprising. Should the Academy change the rules regarding membership? As of now, it's generally a life-long honor, but if people aren't working in the industry anymore, should they be voting?