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Oscars' Interactive

Sift through data on more than 14,000 candidates since 1929

Welcome to The Oscar Database: the most complete and semantic collection of Academy Award data.

You can read our findings, or also play with the data yourself: click "Explore to quickly query the information, explore patterns, visualize data interactively, share it all in a few clicks on social media, or embed the (responsive) graphs online.

How to Use This Silk: Browse the charts and maps below. Click "Explore" anywhere on the site to go into visualization and filtering mode. Search for individual pages or entities in the top search box.

Why Oscar is a Male

Did you know that on average only 16% of the nominees have been women since the awards began? This includes nominees for the “Best Actress” categories. Or did you know that in the 2015 Oscars, seven categories had zero female nominees? 

How does 2015 score? Worse than before

To know if things improving or getting worse for women's representation at the Oscars, let's have a look at the composition of nominees for this edition. Excluding acting awards, there are no female candidates in 7 categories. And 12 if we count also the special awards (like the Awards of Merit or Award of Commendation)

Categories with no female candidate in 2015



Huge Oscar Gender Gap is Not Shrinking

Over the 87 years of the Academy Awards, several things have remained constant. The Red Carpet. The golden statuette. And the absence of women nominees for the award. During the Academy Awards season pictures of actresses monopolize the front pages of websites, magazines, newspapers and TV shows. We discuss their stunning bodies, their designer clothes, their hairstyles, their make-up.

Unfortunately, very few women are actually nominated for an Oscar. The highest percentage of  female nominees was in 1995, at 26%. And it immediately dropped to 16% the next year. In fact, 2003, 2005 and 2009 were all near-record low years for female Oscar nominations in the last two decadesAnd now 2015 added itself to this list, with only 17% of the nominees being women.

Percentage of male and female nominees through time

Click "Explore" to transform this into another type of chart, change the variables plotted, add dynamic filters. Click on each area for more information. 

One interactive chart to explore the gender gap, with data on more than 14,000 Oscar candidates

If you want to play more with the gender gap data at the Academy Awards, you can use the following pie chart. Just customize the filters to adjust the distribution and explore patterns in specific years, fields, movies...or a combination of all of these! Click "Explore" to change the type of graph, and easily share or embed your results.

Gender Distribution at the Academy Awards

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Top Candidates and Winners of All Times

Who are the most recurring directors of Academy nominated works? The following chart answers this, taking account all historic data since the first edition of 1929. What's more, interactive filters allow you to customize the results shown: change award category, drill down to a specific year, and much more! Click on each candidate to see the specific awards he was nominated for

Top 20 Candidates

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Steven Spielberg, the Unbeatable Oscar Superstar Director

William Wyler, Billy Wyler and Martin Scorsese might have received most nominations for directing. But it's movies directed by Steven Spielberg that had most overall nominees

Number of All Awards pages grouped by Director for Movie

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Sindarin and American Sign Language among the top 20 languages spoken in Oscar nominated works

Number of awards grouped by language spoken in Oscar nomintated works

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West Germany movies have been nominated a bit more than German movies in Foreign Language Film Oscars

Note that this graph accounts the country of origin of movies as stated on IMDb, and is therefore different from the country nominated by the Academy as the prize recipient for the Foreign Language Film Award.

For example, the Oscar for the movie "The Sea Inside" went to Spain, but the movie is a French-Spanish-Italian movie.

Number of awards grouped by a Movies' Country. Currently Filtered on Foreign Language Oscar nominees

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