Adding Up the White Oscar Winners
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is under fire this year because all ten nominees for best actor and actress are white. This isn’t a new phenomenon. All of them were white last year, too, when we first presented this graphic. If Hollywood could engineer a best actor and best actress based on the attributes of all the previous winners, here’s what they would look like.
Best Acting in a Leading Role
Race
In the entire history of the Oscars, but all eight of the Best Actor and Best Actress winners have been white. That dubious distinction continues this year—all 10 nominees are white.
Age at Win
Adrien Brody is the only Best Actor winner under 30.
Height
Only seven best actor winners have been under 5'8''--Dustin Hoffman won twice--and no woman taller than 5'11'' has won best actress.
Hair Color
Movie stars change their hair color too frequently to track, so we grouped winners by their hair color in the movie for which they’re nominated. Brunettes outpace blondes and redheads—and grey-haired Best Actress winners are a rarity.
Eye Color
Prior Nods
Most winners have never been nominated before the year they took home the Oscar.
Prior Wins
Katharine Hepburn won Best Actress four times, more than anyone else. Daniel Day-Lewis leads all other actors with three wins. Most winners are first-timers.
Best Picture
Genre
Month
Most films that win Oscars are released later in the year, close to the time nominations are decided.
Studio
Budget
The Best Picture with the smallest budget: Marty, in 1955. The biggest-budget winner: Titanic, in 1997.
Box Office
Of the 2014 nominees, American Sniper has performed best at the box office.
The Best Actress would be a white 30-something, 5'4'' to 5'7'' tall, with brown hair and blue eyes, who'd never won an Oscar or been nominated before.
The Best Actor would be a white 40-something,
6' or taller, with brown hair and brown eyes, who'd never won an Oscar or been nominated before.
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Height
Hair Color
Eye Color
Prior Nods
Prior Wins
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The Best Picture winner would be a drama, between 121 and 160 minutes long, released in the final months of the year by Columbia Pictures, that had an average budget of $40 million, and grossed $290 million at the box office.
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