An infographic published on The New York Times' Carpetbagger blog has spelled out the Academy Awards diversity gap in stark, visual terms. Created by children's book publisher Lee & Low Books, the chart reveals just how stacked the deck is against anyone hoping to see a shift in the racial make-up of Oscar winners. One stat sticks out like a very sore thumb: Of the Academy's 85 Best-Actress winners, only one — Halle Berry for 2001's Monster's Ball — has been anything other than white.
Over the past few years, the field of Oscar nominees has been inching into more-inclusive territory — which could give us a glimmer of hope for change. Then again, with 94% of all Academy voters being white, that change may still be a sad many years away. (New York Times)