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Researchers at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism put the spotlight on the lack of diversity in Hollywood this month.

In the annual report released by the school’s Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative, researchers found that while African Americans might be making progress in some areas, on the silver screen that change has been stifled.

“Only 17 of the 100 top films of 2014 featured a lead or co lead actor from an underrepresented racial and/or ethnic group,” researchers wrote in the study. “An additional 3 films depicted an ensemble cast with 50% or more of the group comprised of actors from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds.”

The study, “Inequality in 700 Popular Films: Examining Portrayals of Character Gender, Race & LGBT Status from 2007 to 2014,” extended its research beyond the view of the camera, analyzing the number of minorities that made it into the director’s chair as well.

“Across the 100 top films of 2014, only 5 of the 107 directors (4.7 %) were Black.  One Black director helmed two pictures and only one was female,” researchers found. “Only 45 Black directors have been attached to the 700 topgrossing films. This represents 5.8% of all helmers in the years analyzed. “

More than 30,000 characters appearing in 700 films from 2007-2014 were scrutinized, with the exception of 2011. The study looked at all roles including speaking and non-speaking, and analyzed the films for “demographics, domestic traits, and hypersexualization.”

According to the study, just over 30 percent of all speaking roles from 2007-2014 were given to women. Only 11 percent of the 700 films studied had casts that were balanced equally in gender. In 2014, there were no lead roles for women who were over 45, lesbian, or bisexual.

Women were sexualized in attire and script, the report showed, with no discrimination between girls as young as 13 and women up to age 45, which is when interest seemed to disappear.