Black models aren't the only creatives of color getting the shaft: according to a U.S.C. Study quoted in the New York Times, females and non-whites are grossly underrepresented in films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. "The data show there are almost three speaking males for every one female and more than four white speaking characters for every one non-white character," says U.S.C.'s Stacy Smith, a professor of communication and the principle researcher in the study. The Times Oscar blog, the Carpetbagger, points out that of 20 people nominated for acting awards this year, only Ruby Dee is black. [New York Times]
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