The Oscar Database
anonymous
Made with Silk





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)

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

Page Title
Percentage Male Nominees
Percentage Female Nominees
Average Percentage Male Nominees
Average Percentage Female Nominees
192986%14%84%16%
193078%22%84%16%
193180%20%84%16%
193289%11%84%16%
193382%18%84%16%
193488%12%84%16%
193585%15%84%16%
193688%12%84%16%
193784%16%84%16%
193888%12%84%16%
193988%12%84%16%
194089%11%84%16%
194193%7%84%16%
194294%6%84%16%
194393%7%84%16%
194494%6%84%16%
194593%7%84%16%
194693%7%84%16%
194788%12%84%16%
194890%10%84%16%
194986%14%84%16%
195085%15%84%16%
195186%14%84%16%
195289%11%84%16%
195386%14%84%16%
195489%11%84%16%
195587%13%84%16%
195686%14%84%16%
195788%12%84%16%
195890%10%84%16%
195989%11%84%16%
196086%14%84%16%
196184%16%84%16%
196290%10%84%16%
196384%16%84%16%
196488%12%84%16%
196589%11%84%16%
196688%12%84%16%
196788%12%84%16%
196890%10%84%16%
196987%13%84%16%
197085%15%84%16%
197187%13%84%16%
197290%10%84%16%
197386%14%84%16%
197485%15%84%16%
197584%16%84%16%
197685%15%84%16%
197782%18%84%16%
197885%15%84%16%
197987%13%84%16%
198088%12%84%16%
198188%13%84%16%
198281%19%84%16%
198383%17%84%16%
198480%20%84%16%
198584%16%84%16%
198683%17%84%16%
198781%19%84%16%
198880%20%84%16%
198978%22%84%16%
199085%15%84%16%
199180%20%84%16%
199282%18%84%16%
199377%23%84%16%
199477%23%84%16%
199573%27%84%16%
199684%16%84%16%
199782%18%84%16%
199879%21%84%16%
199978%22%84%16%
200077%23%84%16%
200178%22%84%16%
200276%24%84%16%
200382%18%84%16%
200475%25%84%16%
200581%19%84%16%
200677%23%84%16%
200778%22%84%16%
200877%23%84%16%
200983%17%84%16%
201082%18%84%16%
201180%20%84%16%
201280%20%84%16%
201379%21%84%16%
201480%20%84%16%
201583%17%84%16%

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

Gender of Candidate
Count
Male11299
Female2103

Select values from the filters to customize the visualization. Reset them to see the overall statistics. Click "Explore" to transform this into another type of chart, change the variables plotted, add dynamic filters. 

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

Select values from the filters to customize the visualization. Reset them to see the overall statistics. Click "Explore" to transform this into another type of chart, change the variables plotted, add dynamic filters.

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

Director
Movie
Count
Steven Spielberg231
William Wyler163
George Cukor139
Robert Wise116
Martin Scorsese112
Peter Jackson110
John Ford103
Billy Wilder99
Michael Curtiz99
George Stevens96
Henry King96
James Cameron94
Francis Ford Coppola91
Mervyn LeRoy91
Vincente Minnelli90
David Lean89
Fred Zinnemann83
Sam Wood82
Sydney Pollack81
Clint Eastwood80
Robert Zemeckis80
Henry Koster75
Ron Howard75
Joseph L. Mankiewicz74
Cecil B. DeMille73
Henry Hathaway73
Alfred Hitchcock70
John Huston70
Jean Negulesco69
Elia Kazan67
George Sidney65
Stanley Kramer65
Victor Fleming64
Woody Allen64
Ridley Scott62
Frank Capra59
Norman Jewison59
Ethan Coen58
Joel Coen58
William Dieterle58
Ang Lee57
Herbert Ross55
Sidney Lumet54
Clarence Brown52
David Fincher52
George Roy Hill52
Richard Fleischer52
Blake Edwards51
Otto Preminger51
Walter Lang51
Christopher Nolan49
Milos Forman49
Barry Levinson48
Charles Vidor48
George Lucas48
Oliver Stone48
Robert Stevenson48
Mike Nichols47
Howard Hawks46
Mitchell Leisen45
Peter Weir45
Joshua Logan44
Leo McCarey44
Richard Attenborough44
Warren Beatty44
William A. Wellman44
Michael Bay43
Carol Reed42
James Ivory42
John Cromwell42
Martin Ritt42
Richard Brooks42
Lewis Milestone41
Stanley Kubrick41
W.S. Van Dyke41
Alan Parker40
David O. Russell40
Anthony Mann39
Charles Walters39
Franklin J. Schaffner39
Rouben Mamoulian39
Wilfred Jackson39
Alfonso Cuarón38
Delbert Mann38
Mark Robson38
Tim Burton38
Bob Fosse37
Gore Verbinski37
Mark Rydell37
Norman Taurog37
Richard Thorpe37
Robert Z. Leonard37
Ronald Neame37
Frank Borzage36
George Seaton36
Rob Marshall36
Roman Polanski36
Busby Berkeley35
George Marshall35
Stanley Donen35
Other9338

Select values from the filters to customize the visualization. Reset them to see the overall statistics. Click "Explore" to transform this into another type of chart, change the variables plotted, add dynamic filters.

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