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Only 14 plus-size actresses nominated for award in 5 years

  • Plus size fashion retailer navabi analysed five years of awards shows
  • Only 26 nominees for Emmys, Oscars, Golden Globes and Baftas were size 16
  • Of these, only seven – including Sarah Lancashire – have taken home an award
  • No plus-sized women has won leading lady Bafta or Oscar in five years

In recent years, women in the film industry have been hitting out at the gender pay gap, which sees them being paid less than their male counterparts. 

Now a new study reveals how women in entertainment are also being quietly discriminated against because of their size.  

Analysis by plus size fashion retailer navabi looked at nominees for the Emmys, Oscars, Golden Globes and film and TV Baftas over the course of the last five years, and found that a mere 10 per cent of the female stars were a UK size 16 (US 12).

No woman who is a size 16 or larger has won the Best Actress Oscar or Bafta in the past five years, while just seven – including Melissa McCarthy, Patricia Arquette, Wunmi Mosaku and Sarah Lancashire – have scooped major awards.

No plus-sized women has won a leading lady gong at the Baftas for five years, and size 16 actresses have received just two out of 25 nominations in the last five years.

Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire is one of a handful of size 16 actresses to have won a major award for acting in the past five years, according to research by navabi 

Miranda Hart has been nominated for TV Baftas for her comedy show Miranda

Meryl Streep who is a UK 16 or a US 12 has been nominated multiple times in the past five years

Miranda Hart has been nominated for TV Baftas for her comedy show Miranda. Meryl Streep who is a UK 16 or a US 12 has been nominated multiple times in the past five years

Queen Latifa was nominated for an Emmy for her role in Bessie

Christina Hendricks received a nod at the Emmy's for her role in Mad Men in 2015

Queen Latifa was nominated for an Emmy for her role in Bessie (left) while Christina Hendricks received a nod at the Emmy’s for her role in Mad Men in 2015 

A size 16 may be the average UK dress size, but only 14 per cent of nominees for a TV Bafta are a size 16 or above, and it’s a worse picture for the film awards at just six per cent. 

The Golden Globes comes out top for women of UK size 16 to 28, with previous female actors nominated including Chrissy Metz and Queen Latifah.

Bethany Rutter, Social Media Manager at navabi said: ‘With the average woman in the UK wearing a size 16, what we’re seeing is that these prestigious awards ceremonies, which celebrate achievement and art, are overlooking the contributions and talents of plus size women.

‘If more plus size women are represented, not only in terms of nominations but acting roles available, it will help promote positive body image and aspirations among young women of all shapes and sizes which is vitally important.’ 

EMMY’S 2013 TO 2017: A selection of plus size nominees
 Star   PRODUCTION  CATEGORY   YEAR  WIN/LOSE 
 Chrissy Metz   This is Us  Supporting Actress  2017  Lose 
Melissa McCarthy    Saturday Night Live  Guest Actress  2017  Win 
Kathy Bates    American Horror Story: Hotel  Supporting Actress  2016  Lose 
Amy Schumer    Saturday Night Live  Guest Actress  2016  Lose 
Queen Latifah    Bessie  Lead Actress  2015  Lose 
Christina Hendricks    Mad Men  Supporting Actress  2015  Lose 
Shannon Purser    Stranger Things  Guest Actress  2017   Lose 
OSCARS 2013 TO 2017: A selection of plus size nominees
 Star   PRODUCTION  CATEGORY   YEAR  WIN/LOSE 
Meryl Streep   Florence Foster Jenkins Best Actress 2017  Lose 
Octavia Spencer    Hidden Figures  Supporting Actress  2017  Lose 
Patricia Arquette    Boyhood  Supporting Actress  2015 Win 
EMMYS 2013 TO 2017: A selection of plus size nominees
 Star   PRODUCTION  CATEGORY   YEAR  WIN/LOSE 
 Meryl Streep   Florence Foster Jenkins Best Actress 2017  Lose 
Patricia Arquette    Boyhood  Supporting Actress  2015 Win 
Oprah Winfrey    The Butler  Supporting Actress  2014  Lose 
BAFTAS 2013 TO 2017: A selection of plus size nominees
 Star   PRODUCTION  CATEGORY   YEAR  WIN/LOSE 
Meryl Streep   Florence Foster Jenkins Best Actress 2017  Lose 
Patricia Arquette    Boyhood  Supporting Actress  2015 Win 
Oprah Winfrey    The Butler  Supporting Actress  2014 Lose 
TV BAFTAS 2013 TO 2017: A selection of plus size nominees
 Star   PRODUCTION  CATEGORY   YEAR  WIN/LOSE 
Wunmi Mosaku    Damilola, Our Loved Boy  Supporting Actress  2017  Win 
Sarah Lancashire    Happy Valley  Leading Actress 2017  Win 
Miranda Hart    Miranda Female Performance Comedy  2016  Lose 
Sarah Lancashire    Happy Valley Leading Actress 2015  Lose 
Sarah Lancashire    Last Tango in Halifax  Supporting Actress 2014  Win 
Miranda Hart    Miranda  Female Performance Comedy  2013 Lose 
Sarah Lancashire    Last Tango in Halifax  Supporting Actress  2014  Lose 
GOLDEN GLOBES 2013 TO 2017: A selection of plus size nominees
 Star   PRODUCTION  CATEGORY   YEAR  WIN/LOSE 
Meryl Streep   Florence Foster Jenkins Best Actress 2017  Lose 
Octavia Spencer    Hidden Figures  Supporting Actress  2017  Lose 
Chrissy Metz    This Is Us  Supporting Actress  2017 Lose 
Melissa McCarthy    Spy  Best Actress  2016  Lose 
Amy Schumer    Trainwreck  Best Actress  2016  Lose 
Queen Latifah    Bessie   Best Actress  2016  Lose 
Patricia Arquette    Boyhood   Supporting Actress   2015  Win 
Alison Tolman    Fargo  Best Actress  2015  Lose 
Meryl Streep    August: Osage Country  Best Actress  2014  Lose 
Meryl Streep     Hope Springs  Best Actress  2013   Lose 

   

 

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