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Latest USC Report Finds 'Apathy And Indifference' When It Comes To Increasing Diversity In Hollywood

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USC's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative — which studies diversity in Hollywood's top grossing films — first looked at the top grossing films in the U.S. in 2007.

The annual report, released this morning, was summarized by lead researcher Stacy Smith like this:

"After 13 years, it is not clear what might convince entertainment companies to change. Despite public statements, the data reveal that there is still apathy and ambivalence to increasing representation of speaking characters overall in popular films."

The latest study found wide gaps between men and women, as well as underrepresented groups both on and off the screen.

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The report comes just days after the Academy Awards announced major changes in which films will be eligible for best picture nominations starting in 2024 — requirements aimed at accelerating change.