On eve of Oscars, UCLA report says film industry more diverse than ever

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- We're three days away from the 94th Annual Academy Awards and the first traditional-looking event in over two years.

This comes as the recently released UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report shows the film industry is more diverse than ever.

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The report looked at the last decade and found there has been enormous gains by women and people of color.

The findings point to progress in terms of equal representation in front of and behind the camera in the film industry.

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The report found the percentage of leading roles played by people of color in last year's top 200 films has quadrupled since 2011. It states the share of writing credits quadrupled and the percentage of directing jobs nearly tripled over the last decade.

Meanwhile, the percentage of women in leading roles and writing credits has doubled. There are also about five times as many women directors.

The report found that some minority groups fared better than others with African-Americans slightly "overrepresented" in leading film roles last year.

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One of the co-authors believes more needs to be done, including people identifying as Latinx, considered "extremely underrepresented" in all major categories.

"The numbers still are not even close to being proportionate for people of color and for women in terms of directing and writing," UCLA sociologist Ana-Christina Ramón said.

This year's Oscars will make history with its first trio of women hosting the show with Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall taking the stage. The first all-black production team will also make history.

Ramón said the final frontier is having more women of color behind the camera.

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