The saddest part is, people who don't deserve it often get ahead. There are good, even amazing actors who have worked in the 'biz for years, and nobody ever gave them credit for it, or a chance to try bigger roles; whereas you have some sexy airhead come in, and with almost no talent for anything and they get the part because the producer either got horny, they are using the idiot actor to make a statement to the rest of the Hollywood community.
Same with the music industry and now it is all about those stupid Got Talent Idol shows. People who have never performed live or anything and they just enter and if they have the right look and sob story they get to record a song. And then in most cases never heard from again.
The casting couch definitely explains a lot. They say Jen Lawrence was one of Weinsten's darlings which kind of adds up as her career has been pretty ordinary since #metoo.
And now it is all about getting "diverse" people just for the sake of it which adds to the problems.
When Rocky gives the long speech about never having gotten a chance, I knew that every actor in the Academy would vote to give the Best Picture Oscar to Rocky (1976.) Every one of them probably didn't get a role they wanted. They all knew other talented people who were overlooked for career-changing roles.
'...Talkin' about your prime. What about my prime, Mick? At least you had a prime! I didn't have no prime. I didn't have nithin'! Leg's are goin', everything is goin'..."