Do The Brits Really Dominate At The Oscars? We Did The Math
Though the 2015 Academy Awards nominations have been rightfully criticized for their discouraging lack of ethnic diversity, they proved inclusive in at least one sense. The academy recognized a surprising number of (white) British stars—including Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley—who cornered a full quarter of the acting nominations. U.K. actors haven’t been this well represented at the Oscars since 2002.
But historically, the United Kingdom has proved an enduring darling of the academy. We found that in the Oscars’ nearly 90-year history, 72 percent of the 1,647 acting nominees have been American, 17 percent have been British and 11 percent hail from other countries. (Nationality is admittedly fluid—though many performers’ citizenship changed over the course of their lifetimes, we considered them to be from a given country if that’s where they lived through childhood and beyond, particularly if they launched their careers there.)