Saw it, fairly interesting tidbits, but very one sided about the NY school of acting vs what also can work very well (the studio system of the past).
It makes the case that from time to time a veteran casting director should get an honorary Oscar. Marion Dougherty did while she was alive. My guess is that in the next couple years one of the honorees will come from among the veterans mentioned in the film.
They said that in 1991 Paul Newman, Robert Redford, DeNiro, Glenn Close, Sydney Pollack, Clint Eastwood and Jessica Tandy all wrote letters to the BoG to lobby for an Honorary award for Marion Doughtery. She died in 2011, so why did they pass her up twenty times after it was first brought to their attention?
Did they dislike her or something?
The major reason likely is that until they established the separate Governors’ awards, there was usually at most one honorary award a year. The push for her likely had passed by, or the ones wanting her no longer alive, by the time they expanded a few years ago. By that time, it’s possible more currently active casting directors were being pushed for, or the group wanted instead to become members (which quite a few have in recent years) then making it a branch, which they have succeeded in doing.
What the film fails to mention is that, within the studio system and contract players, there always have been casting directors. The film discounts their importance to make the NY group that Dougherty started something that by itself revolutionized casting. There have been casting directors since the beginning of the Academy (and before) and none had previously been honored, and with the craft not really being part of the Academy, it wasn’t a priority.
Another reason is that historically honorary awards in foreign language film, make up, special effects all led to new categories. Between general opposition to new categories and specific opposition fromn directors to casting having its own annual category, there was likely some further disapproval of the idea.