Claire Ross


Commercial Dance Major

Art & Entertainment Management Minor

Advisor: Virginia Cox, MS

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

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The following research directly addresses why the film choreographer has lacked adequate recognition within the Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Additionally, this study aims to fill the research gap in relation to the minimal documentation that exists regarding the role and contributions of the film choreographer within the film industry. In order to move forward in assessing how the film choreographer can be recognized within the Oscars, one must address why they have not been sufficiently recognized within the history of the Academy Awards. By assessing the film choreographer’s value within the film industry through semi-structured interviews and data analysis methodologies, it was concluded their lack of recognition within the Oscars is due to the lack of dance’s presence in film, the undefined role of a film choreographer, and the general lack of awareness revolving around their contributions to film. All of which directly contribute to the film choreographer’s disproportionately perceived value within the film industry. Overall, this research intends to increase the dialogue revolving around the film choreographer as well as validate their value within the film industry. In conclusion, it is demonstrated there is an evident need for steps to advocate for film choreography to be recognized within the Oscars. It is time to give film choreographers recognition by the industry in which they work for, and this thesis hopes to serve as a catalyst for this change.