Film and TV awards reveal that just 9% of female actor winners represent the average woman

Actor Chrissy Metz attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

A STUDY has revealed that plus-size women are still being woefully underrepresented when it comes to being nominated in the most iconic film and TV awards.

Analysis by fashion retailer navabi found that, over the last five years, plus-size women received just 10% of all female actor nominations.

The news comes despite the average UK woman being a size 16 and one in four women being a size 18.

When including size 14, which is the second most common UK clothing size purchased, the small screen leads the way in representation.

The BAFTA TV awards has had the highest proportion (22%) of average and plus sized female actor nominations, with previous nominees including Miranda Hart and Sarah Lancashire.


Miranda Hart (Ian West/PA Wire)



From 2013-present, just 9% of winners across the Emmys, Oscars, Baftas film and TV and Golden Globes were size 16 or over, with BAFTAS film awards performing the worst (6%).

When looking at the greatest range of plus sizes up for awards, Golden Globes comes out top, with women of UK sizes 16 to 28 with previous female actors nominated including Chrissy Metz and Queen Latifah.

The Emmys and Golden Globes both recognise comedy and drama categories separately for female actor awards. Since 2013, it’s interesting to see that on average 10% of comedy category nominations are plus size women, including funny women Amy Schumer and Melissa McCarthy, compared to just 7% in drama categories across the two ceremonies.


Melissa McCarthy (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)


On the big screen, there’s a clear disparity between representation of plus-size women in leading and supporting role nominations. The Oscars has had just 8% of leading women nominations being a size 16 or above, compared to a fifth (20%) of supporting female actor nominations being plus-sized.

There have been no plus-sized leading lady Oscars wins in the last five years and just one supporting actress win for Patricia Arquette (size 16) in 2015 for Boyhood, which also won her a BAFTA and a Golden Globe.

The BAFTAS has a similar record, with no plus-sized women winning a leading lady gong and receiving just two out of twenty-five nominations in the last five years.