With all the attention bestowed on diversity in Hollywood in recent years, minorities must be making big gains in film and TV, right?
Not quite, according to a new report from UCLA. Over the past two years, people of color posted a small gain of less than 2 percentage points among lead actors of scripted broadcast TV shows (from 6.5 percent to 8.1 percent), according to the 2016 Hollywood Diversity Report released this week.
Taken collectively, minority groups make up nearly 38 percent of the U.S. population.
The other categories — including directors, writers and stars — were a different story. “Minorities lost ground in six of the 11 arenas examined and merely held their ground in the other four,” said the report, written by UCLA sociology professor Darnell Hunt.
The UCLA report arrived just days before Sunday’s Academy Awards telecast on ABC. The Oscars are ensnared in controversy over the lack of minority nominations, with some celebrities, including Will Smith and Spike Lee, vowing to boycott the ceremony.
First look at CMA lineup
Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line and Cam will perform at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The awards show will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 3 on CBS, ACM announced. The ceremony will be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley. Singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton leads the awards with seven nominations, followed by Eric Church and Cam with six nominations each.
Holy grail: An acetate record cut by the Beatles before the Liverpool band hit stardom is going on auction. The 1962 record made at the HMV record store in London is believed to be the only one made. It was given by the band’s manager, Brian Epstein, to producer George Martin. On one side of the disc, Epstein wrote the names of the songs on the label. The 10-inch demo record is expected to fetch at least $14,000 when it goes on auction March 22 at Omega Auctions in Warrington, England. Ian Shirley, the editor of a rare record price guide, described the record as a “holy grail” item.
Hoff’s back: David Hasselhoff will be making a splash on TV next month. To mark the U.S. debut of his U.K. series, “Hoff the Record,” on AXS TV, the channel will salute the “Baywatch” star with a March 26 mini-marathon. One highlight: Hasselhoff will be interviewed by Dan Rather for the newsman’s AXS series, “The Big Interview.” The tribute also will feature clips from Hasselhoff shows and movies including “Baywatch” and “Knight Rider.”