There no people of color on 'Forbes' highest paid actresses list, and it's not surprising

There no people of color on 'Forbes' highest paid actresses list, and it's not surprisingEntertainment

Fresh off winning her first Oscar, actress Emma Stone ousted Jennifer Lawrence on Wednesday to claim the top spot on Forbes’ 2017 list of the world’s highest-paid actresses. USA TODAY

Hollywood still has some work to do on creating space for people of color. 

Forbes released its annual list of highest paid actresses Wednesday, and not a single person of color made the top 10 cut for 2017. 

Emma Stone brought in $26 million with her leading role in La La Land, and other actresses also saw major dollar signs from their work this year, including Mila Kunis who saw success with Bad Moms and Emma Watson with Beauty and the Beast. 

But there have historically been few roles for women of color in Hollywood, particularly in blockbuster superhero flicks and Disney productions, which are major money-makers for stars.

In USA TODAY’S 2016 diversity report, we found fewer opportunities for female or minority directors and black, Hispanic or Asian performers to earn Oscar nominations, let alone win one — another major money-making opportunity. 

And a study earlier this year found that it’s more challenging for minority directors to even score a directing role for a major film. Out of 1,114 directors for 1,000 films from 2007-2016, only three were black females, the Annenberg Foundation and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism found. 

Still, though it appears slow, progress may be in the works. In 2016, no actresses of color took home Golden Globe awards for any major movie category. This year, however, Viola Davis won best supporting actress for Fences at the Golden Globes, and Moonlight scored best picture at the Globes and Academy Awards. 

The industry may be headed in the right direction, but the work’s not over yet. 

 

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