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The Academy may be racist, but there’s one form of discrimination they can’t be accused of

The Oscars have taken a lot of flak

But at least there's one form of prejudice that they've avoided

Before an expensively pedicured foot hits the red carpet at this year’s edition of the Oscars, there’s already a storm hanging overhead.

The ceremony has come under massive scrutiny for the total lack of black nominees. We decided to hit back during the week by handing out our own award . But are the Oscars really racist? The stats would suggest , probably yes. If Hulk Hogan is hosting next year, we’ll have our definitive answer.

But, much like some of the commentary around the Academy and the make-up of its membership, the Oscars seem to have been dominated by Americans and American winners. Because there’s not a country on earth that doesn’t love boasting about itself than the USA

Although as our graphic shows, that’s not the case anymore.

  • In the Best Actor category, four of the last five winners have been non-Americans. That’s a big shift from the decade prior to that in which eight of the 10 awards went to Yanks.
  • From 1986 to 2003 only two non-Americans won the Best Actress Oscar (two of 18). Since then, foreigners have done much better winning five of the last 12 gongs in that category.
  • Incredibly, an American hasn’t won Best Director since 2010. American directors have only won four of the last 13 awards in this category and if, as expected, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu wins this time around, it will complete three wins on the bounce for Mexicans and six in a row for foreigners. Don’t tell Donald Trump.

Most of this is a big change from what happened in much of the 1980s and 1990s. Hollywood was the centre of the film-making universe and many of the foreign winners have benefited from being in big Hollywood productions, the talent is drawn from a worldwide pool which wasn’t always the case.

In a nice little twist, most of the favourites for this years main awards are from the land of the free and the home of the morbidly
obese.

Leonardo DiCaprio is set to finally grab the Best Actor gong at 1/100, Brie Larson (we’re not sure who she is either) is 1/33 to repeat her Golden Globe win of Best Actress for Room, but for Best Director it’s looking like Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu will make it three in a row for Mexico thanks to the Revenant.

Michael Fassbender and Saoirse Ronan lead the charge for the foreigners, but at such long odds (33/1 and 10/1 respectively) there’s more chance of Aston Villa surviving than there is of DiCaprio failing.

 

What do you think?