This is a 2013 documentary that's quite relevant and timely today. The current call for more diversity in the Academy and in the TV and movie industry is not solely for racial diversity. It's for gender diversity too. Watch this documentary, watch the enormous contributions Ms. Dougherty made to the art of filmmaking and notice how many other casting directors -- people who were influenced by her artistry -- are women. According to newspaper reports, the Academy is 77% male and 94% white.
Watch Casting By and ask yourself this: If Dougherty had been a man and had made all those breakthroughs and launched the careers of all that talent, would Dougherty then have been given a special career achievement Oscar? Think about it.
Marion Dougherty was a pioneer, a visionary, an artist, a lover of films and actors -- and she was a champion of equal opportunities. This 90 minute HBO documentary is available on Amazon Video.