The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative assesses the apparent age of every speaking character on screen. These findings are included in our annual reports (see tabs for gender, race/ethnicity, LGBT, and disability). In 2016, we partnered with Humana to more closely examine the prevalence and portrayal of characters age 60 and above.

Inequality in 1,600 Popular Films

Annual report on gender, race/ethnicity, LGBT status, and disability in film. Includes data on representation and employment patterns of girls and women in popular films (2007-2022).

View each report: 2023, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009, 2008

Reports on Characters Age 60 and Older in Film

These studies examine quantitative and qualitative indicators related to depictions of aging in film. Research conducted in partnership with Humana and the USC Annenberg Center for Public Relations. 

View the initial report on films in 2015, the report on films from 2015-2016, and explore our study on Academy Award Best Picture-nominated films.

Reports on Characters Age 60 and Older in Television

Read the full report on senior characters in popular prime-time television series, sponsored by Humana.