Study Finds Continued Bias in Film Casting This year's Golden Globe Award nominations include many nods to black actors, among them Forest Whitaker, Will Smith and Beyonce Knowles. But a study by the UCLA Law School and Chicano Studies Research Center finds that roles not written with a specific race or gender in mind still overwhelmingly go to white men.
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Study Finds Continued Bias in Film Casting

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Study Finds Continued Bias in Film Casting

Study Finds Continued Bias in Film Casting

Study Finds Continued Bias in Film Casting

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This year's Golden Globe Award nominations include many nods to black actors, among them Forest Whitaker, Will Smith and Beyonce Knowles. But a study by the UCLA Law School and Chicano Studies Research Center finds that roles not written with a specific race or gender in mind still overwhelmingly go to white, male actors.

The report's author, UCLA professor Russell Robinson, analyzed casting breakdowns over a three-month period this past summer. He discusses his findings with Farai Chideya.

For more perspective, Chideya speaks with actor Robert Doqui, who has worked in Hollywood for more than 40 years, and with April Webster, who has helped cast hit TV series such as Alias, CSI and Lost.