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Watch: Viola Davis accepts SAG award and talks diversity in Hollywood

At the Screen Actors Guild Awards last year, Viola Davis won the title of outstanding lead actress in a drama and gave this great speech on diversity and representation in Hollywood, thanking the creators of How to Get Away With Murder for believing that a “sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old, dark-skinned, African-American woman who looks like me.” 

At the Screen Actors Guild Awards last year, Viola Davis won the title of outstanding lead actress in a drama and gave this great speech on diversity and representation in Hollywood, thanking the creators of How to Get ...

Infographic: There have been no women of color protagonists in top grossing sci-fi and fantasy films

Given that women and people of color are so underrepresented in Hollywood generally, this analysis revealing the diversity gap in sci-fi and fantasy films is not entirely surprising.

But some small, uncynical part of me thought that just maybe a genre that is entirely, utterly unbound to current realities would be slightly more diverse. Syreeta recently quoted the great Octavia Butler, whose sci-fi novels Hollywood should be adapting for the big screen all the time: “There are no real walls around science fiction. We can build them, but they’re not there naturally.”

Given that women and people of color are so underrepresented in Hollywood generally, this analysis revealing the diversity gap in sci-fi and fantasy films is not entirely surprising.

But some small, uncynical part of me thought ...