Are The Over 50s Represented Within The Oscars?

With the announcement of this year's Oscar nominations, we were keen to delve into the world of the over 50s and carry out a study to see just how well (or not well) that age generation is represented across both the Oscar nominations and the winners.

Oscar Nominations Research:

For our Oscar nomination research, we've pulled data from 2019 - 2015. From that data, we've recorded all the nominees for the main categories and the individual ages of those nominees. How many over 50s have been nominated for Oscars in the last 5 years? Has the average age of an Oscar nominee changed in the last 5 years? How many nominations have there been for women over 50, compared to men over 50?  

Main findings:

There have always been more men aged 50+ nominated than women aged 50+ nominated.

The average (mean) age of Oscar nominees has been slowly increasing since 2015. 

The age of Oscar nominees was at its highest in 2018 - the average age being 51 years old.

Oscar Winners Research:

As well as nominations, we've also looked at the winners from the last decade. Specifically looking at the ages of those winners across the main categories, we've investigated just how many over 50s have won an Oscar over the last 10 years, as well as how the average age has changed over the last 10 years. We've also profiled the average Oscar winner - both female and male.  

Main findings:

There have never been more than two female winners over 50 during one year.

The average (mean) age of Oscar winners was the highest it's ever been (over the last 10 years) in 2018, the average age being 56 years old.

Does the fact that the average age of both nominees and winners is slowly increasing due to the fact that people are living longer, or does it simply mean that people aged 50 or above are just becoming more appreciated and recognised in the media? How well do you think the over 50s are represented within the world of the Oscars?


Taking all the Oscar winners from the last 10 years (2018 - 2008), we've analysed the profiles of both female and male winners and curated an average overall profile for each gender. Each of the profiles are shown in the above image. We've analysed the averages of each of the winners age, height, nationality, eye colour, hair colour, as well as the genre of the film which they won the category for. From the data, it's interesting to note that both the male winner's profile and the female winner's profile have brown eyes, brown hair and the film genre of drama. 

Some interesting facts:

- During the last 10 years of Oscar winners, there has never been any male winners with a natural hair colour of red. There has only been two female winners with a natural red hair colour - Julianne Moore in 2015 and Tilda Swinton in 2018. And yes we were just surprised about Tilda Swinton's hair as you!

- During the last 10 years of winners, there has only been one Swedish winner - Alicia Vikander in 2016.

- During the last 10 years of winners, there has only been one Australian winner - Cate Blanchett in 2014.

Click here to view the full data table for the Oscar winner profiles


We're kicking off our Oscars analysis by delving into the world of the nominations, since we're all hyped about the 2019 nominations and wondering who's going to win! Starting with the nominations, we've looked into all the nominees from 2019 to 2015 across the five main categories - Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, and Directing. Within this section, you'll find some data around how many women aged 50+ have been nominated compared to men aged 50+, as well as the average (mean) age across all categories for both men and women.

Click here to view an interactive version of the above chart

Click here to view an interactive version of the above chart

Click here to view the full data table for the Oscar Nominations 


After looking at the Oscar Nominations, we've also looked at the Oscar Winners from the last decade (2018 - 2008) and analysed all the numbers. To understand how well or how little the over 50s are represented, within this section we've focused on looking at how many female 50+ year olds have won over the last 10 years compared to how many male 50+ year olds have won. We've also researched the average (mean) age of both female and male winners to see how the ages have compared over the years.

Click here to view interactive version of the above chart

Click here to view interactive version of the above chart

Click here to view the full data table for the Oscar Winners   


Sources used for research:

https://www.imdb.com/

https://www.oscars.org/

https://oscar.go.com/

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