In Tinseltown, youth may not always rule. Pop-culture analyst Matthew Belinkie averaged the ages of Oscar winners in five-year increments and found an overall upward trend, especially since the 1950s. Belinkie speculates that the growing gulf between award-winning prestige pictures and crowd-pleasing popcorn flicks could be fueling the age creep. "Now movies that are made to win Oscars are designed for an older audience," he says.
Perhaps not unrelated: Oscar voters aren't getting any younger either. In 2012 the Los Angeles Times determined that the median age of members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was 62.
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