WEEK IN WOMEN: New Study: Huge Majority of Film Critics are Male and White – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Stacy L. Smith and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative have again found that film reviewers are overwhelmingly white and male.

They released last week the second study in a three-part series that evaluated reviews posted by review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes for the top 300 highest grossing films from 2015 through 2017.

The new study found that 67.1 of the critics were male, 32.9 percent were female, and that of critics with an “ascertainable” race or ethnicity, 23.2 percent were from minority groups while 76.8 percent were white, according to the<a href=”https://newsok.com/article/feed/5592530/study-finds-diversity-in-film-criticism-lacking” target=”_blank”> Associated Press</a>.

The USC researchers suggested that the race or gender of a critic can have an effect on their reviews. They found that women of color were more likely to rate a movie with a minority female lead “Fresh” than white male critics, though researches expressed caution on those results due to small sample size. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.