Study finds #OscarsSoAgeist

Best picture nominee: "Philomena"

Story highlights

  • USC study finds seniors under represented in films
  • Seniors made up 15% of frequent moviegoers in 2015

(CNN)According to a new study, Hollywood's diversity initiatives need to extend to age.

Humana sponsored a University of Southern California study of senior characters represented in 25 Academy Award nominated films from 2014 - 2016.
In the movies studied, only 11.8% of the 1,256 speaking characters were 60 years of age or older -- that's nearly 7% less than the population of seniors in living in the United States, according to the U.S. Census estimates.