What Movie Leading Roles (Don’t) Say About Diversity

At USC, the Annenberg School’s “Inclusion Initiative” keeps us up-to-date on diversity in movies. Through a lens that sees gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQ, and disability, they look at the stars, supporting actors, directors, and critics for top films. 1. Leading and Co-Leading Roles. All. Below you can see that (rather small) numbers for UR (underrepresented) leads and co-leads have trended upward. From 2018 to 2019, they rose by four. Meanwhile, between 2007 and 2019, 17 percent of the top 1300 films had stars that reflected diversity. ….[READ]