By Emily DittmarThe Hollywood ReporterOn Friday, the National Academy of Sciences announced the results of its first-ever biennial survey of television actors, and the results were pretty disappointing.
Only three actors — Robert Downey Jr., James Gandolfini and Martin Sheen — were among the top five performers in the industry in 2018, a drop of more than half.
The other six were in the top 10 in their respective categories, including the lead actors.
The bottom three performers, meanwhile, were in one of the lowest places on the list: the top three actors in their individual categories.
The report’s conclusion was that “in many cases, the actors are not the best candidates to make the transition to television,” but instead are “not at the same level of quality and/or quantity of work that they are in the traditional entertainment industries.”
In other words, there is not a clear winner in this competition.
For more on this story, read this piece on the new study and the Academy’s response to the findings here.
While the Academy may have a tough time accepting the new findings as evidence of a problem, there’s a lot of work left to do to help television actors.
First, the Academy is going to be putting its resources to work improving the quality of the television show and movie industry, and getting more television talent in front of screens.
The industry is already doing a great job in this regard, and we’re hopeful that this study and other evidence will help to help further that effort.
We’ve reached out to the Academy for comment, and will update this story when we hear back.
If you have any questions about the results, please reach out to our research team here.
The National Academy also notes that “it was important to acknowledge that the survey was not a final test of the industry and the performers’ performances.
The results should be interpreted as indicative of other factors that may be important to an actor, including: career trajectories, availability, industry expectations, social and financial support, and work experience.”
The full report is here, and more of our coverage of the awards season can be found here.