At the Oscars last night, Jordan Peele became the first black screenwriter to win best original screenplay for Get Out. In the Oscars' 90-year history, only four black film writers have been nominated for what is considered one of the most prestigious awards at the show: Suzanne de Passe with Lady Sings the Blues, 1972, Spike Lee for Do the Right Thing, 1989, John Singleton creator of Boyz n the Hood, 1991, and Peele.
Minorities are also seriously underrepresented when it comes to acting awards. Between 2010 and 2015, there were only 12 Oscar award nominations for black actors. Why? Many argue that very few people of color are cast in major roles.
And that problem carries across to the United Kingdom. According to research by the British Film Institute, black actors only played 218 major roles in 1,172 British films released between 2006 and 2016. There were 45,000 roles in total, meaning black actors made up just 0.5% of that number.