The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences  

By Iride Aparicio

Video Courtesy: Academy of Motion Picture and Science

HOLLYWOOD, CA --Part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy Aperture 2025 equity and inclusion initiative "Academy Dialogues: It starts with us" is a new series of virtual panels, with conversations about race, ethnicity, gender, history, opportunity and the art of filmmaking.
The Academy's newest discussion in the series ACADEMY DIALOGUES: "Color-Conscious Casting" poses the question: Can a renewed creative collaboration between casting directors and filmmakers offer a tremendous opportunity to better reflect the world on screen as it truly is today?
Historically, HOLLYWOOD casting decisions have limited the opportunities for actors of color to go beyond stereotyped character and minor roles. Since the use of blackface in "classic" films, there remains a ripple effect in hiring practices. ELVIS MITCHELL, film critic and host of the KCRW radio show "The Treatment," moderates a panel with Academy governor and director/writer RODRIGO GARCIA ("Mother and Child:) and casting directors JULIA KIM ("The last Black Man in San Francisco") and VICTORIA THOMS ( Once upon a Hollywood").

Other Academy Dialogues in the series are published in Cultural World Bilingual