Art Not Imitating Life: Just 9% of female winners represent average women

 
  • Author
  • EJ Ward
  • October 31,2017
 

 

EMMYS, OSCARS, GOLDEN GLOBES, BAFTAS FILM AND BAFTAS TV STUDY ANALYSED OVER FIVE YEARS

 

  • Just 10% of all awards nominations across ceremonies are size 16+
  • No Oscars leading lady size 16+ winners in five years
  • Golden Globes has greatest range of plus sizes represented

 

A new study by size fashion retailer navabi analysed the most iconic film and TV awards over the last five years to reveal plus-size women are still woefully underrepresented receiving just 10% of all female actor nominations.

 

The news comes despite the average UK woman being a size 16 and one in four women being a size 18.

 

Even when including size 14, which is the second most common UK clothing size purchased, the small screen leads the way in representation, as the BAFTA TV awards is named as having highest proportion (22%) of average and plus sized female actor nominations, with previous nominees including Miranda Hart and Sarah Lancashire.

 

FEMALE ACTOR PLUS SIZE REPRESENTATION – AWARDS CEREMONY RANKINGS

 

When looking at the proportion of female actor nominations with dress sizes of 16 or above from 2013-present, the study ranked ceremonies as follows:

 

  1. BAFTAS - TV (14% of nominations size 16+)
  2. OSCARS (14% of nominations size 16+)
  3. EMMYS (11% of nominations size 16+)
  4. BAFTAS – FILM (6% of nominations size 16+)
  5. GOLDEN GLOBES (7% of nominations size 16+)

 

IN IT TO WIN IT

 

From 2013-present, just 9% of winners across the Emmys, Oscars, Baftas film and TV and Golden Globes were size 16 or over, with BAFTAS film awards performing the worst (6%). When looking at the greatest range of plus sizes up for awards, Golden Globes comes out top, with women of UK sizes 16 to 28 with previous female actors nominated including Chrissy Metz and Queen Latifah.

 

HAVING A LAUGH

 

The Emmys and Golden Globes both recognise comedy and drama categories separately for female actor awards. Since 2013, it’s interesting to see that on average 10% of comedy category nominations are plus size women, including funny women Amy Schumer and Melissa McCarthy, compared to just 7% in drama categories across the two ceremonies. This could suggest an ingrained perception of roles for plus-sized women.

 

 

NOT THE RIGHT FIT FOR LEADING LADY

 

On the big screen, there’s a clear disparity between representation of plus-size women in leading and supporting role nominations. The Oscars has had just 8% of leading women nominations being a size 16 or above, compared to a fifth (20%) of supporting female actor nominations being plus-sized. There have been no plus-sized leading lady Oscars wins in the last five years and just one supporting actress win for Patricia Arquette (size 16) in 2015 for Boyhood, which also won her a BAFTA and a Golden Globe.

 

The BAFTAS has a similar record, with no plus-sized women winning a leading lady gong and receiving just two out of twenty-five nominations in the last five years.

 

Bethany Rutter, Social Media Manager at navabi said: “With the average woman in the UK wearing a size 16, what we’re seeing is that these prestigious awards ceremonies, which celebrate achievement and art, are overlooking the contributions and talents of plus size women.”
 
“If more plus size women are represented, not only in terms of nominations but acting roles available, it will help promote positive body image and aspirations among young women of all shapes and sizes which is vitally important.”

 





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