Despite making up 18 percent of the U.S. population, only three percent of speaking characters in films during the last decade were Latinx. According to a diversity study released by the University of Southern California in July 2017, this compares to 13.6 percent of speaking characters were Black when African-Americans make up 13.3 percent of the population. For Asians, the shares matched: 5.7 percent.
Even with 18 percent of the population in the United States, and only three percent of speaking roles, Latinx represent 23 percent of frequent moviegoers—defined as those who go to the movies at least once a month—as cited by the Motion Picture Associate of America's 2017 Theatrical Market Statistics Report.
Only one Latinx man has ever won the best actor Oscar, Puerto Rican–born José Ferrer for 'Cyrano de Bergerac' in 1951.
None of the 2018 acting nominees are Latinx. There is a silver lining in Mexico-born Guillermo del Toro being nominated for Best Director and Original Screenplay for 'The Shape of Water,' which leads all films with 13 overall nominees including Best Picture.
The roles played by Latinxs have narrowed since the '90s with those available primarily featuring them as steretypical criminals, law enforcers, and in cheap labor, according to a report by Columbia University's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. 36.6% of Latinx TV character appearances are in law enforcement. Zero percent of Latinx actors were cast as "creative types" in the study's parameters.
Among the top 25, top-rated shows throughout the '00s, 'Desperate Housewives' was the only show to have a Latinx lead. That's remained true since 2013, per a report by Columbia University's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.
Two percent of directors and producers are Latinx, while six percent of all film writers are Latinx, according to a study by The Latino Media Gap. The numbers are even smaller in television.
A study by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists shared that in nine of 10 years, Latin stories make up less than one percent of all network news stories. Of these stories, 66 percent focused on crime or illegal immigration.