How The Oscars Have Aged

Matthew Belinkie wondered whether Hollywood prizes beauty over age. He crunched some numbers:

Best Actress nominees used to be about 34. Now they’re over 40. Best Actor nominees have jumped up nearly a decade. Best Supporting Actress remains refreshingly random. As for the winners, those are only 1/5th the data so the lines are far more erratic. It seems that despite Hollywood’s youth-obsessed reputation, the big prizes are going to older and older thespians.