Oh, The Horror!: Studies Show Not Enough Minorities Or Women Produced Movies In 2022

John Simmons | January 4, 2023
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Last year was a rough one for the entertainment industry. That is, if you judge its success by its overall lack of diversity on movie sets and in film production. 

According to two studies, one published by USC Annenberg’s Inclusion Initiative and one titled “Celluloid Ceiling” from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. The overall number of women, minorities, and underrepresented communities in various cinema roles was lower than 2021 and that their were too many white men in charge of making movies. 

USC Annenbug’s study found that of the 111 directors that orchestrated the top-100 grossing films of 2022, 9 percent were women, down from 12.7 in 2021. Likewise, the number of non-white directors fell from 27.3 in 2021 to 20.7 this year.

The “Celluloid Ceiling” study showed that women “only” made up 24 percent of directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers, a seven percent increase from when they started counting beans in 1998.

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Not that it matters to the normal person. The gender and skin color of the people making the movies does not directly correlate to how good a movie would be, since directing movies is less about what you look like as opposed to what your skill set is. “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Spider-man: No Way Home” would not have been any worse or better had women directed them instead of men.

These numbers are ironic given that Hollywood makes a point to educate its audience on the importance of diversity and inclusion. If it's so important, why aren’t they doing more to diversify the makeup of the people making their movies?

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