It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL
FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
DECEMBER 10TH 2017
Passion & Integrity
Commerce & Creativity
Equality Not Hierarchy
Vickie Thomas is the recipient of TheWIFTS Diversity Award 2017. Thomas is renowned for using diversity in casting roles and giving little known and unknown actors the opportunity to hone and demonstrate their skills. Diversity is not just about cultural or ethnic differences - diversity is projecting ‘a different thought process’ - the ability to see possibilities from a different perspective. In casting actors for roles in films and television, Vickie Thomas excels in her craft in this perspective.
Vickie Thomas is one of the most prolific casting directors working in the film and television industry today. Combining a lifelong passion for the arts, with the gift of a keen insight into human nature, Vickie has worked her craft on a wide range of outstanding films, both studio and independent.
One of the films cast by Vickie that hit the screens in the last quarter of 2017 was Detroit, a fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and written by Mark Boal.
As an example of the talent of her gift and insight and aside from less than a handful of known actors, including John Boyega, who recently shot to prominence in Star Wars The Force Awakens, and Anthony Mackie, almost the entire cast male and female were unknown or little known actors, who played crucial roles in the film. Given that break they will go forward and be offered other opportunities, which is another aspect of diversity not only for the film and television industry but for the audience worldwide.
Such is the talent of Vickie Thomas to take actors out of the normal perception and comfort zone for themselves and the audience, and challenge them to stretch their own capability and talent in the art and craft of acting. British actor Will Poulter, usually cast as a fairly mild, sometimes comedic character, was cast as the racist American cop Krauss, a role he played, stretching his skills to perfection.
Vickie Thomas’ Films credits include Hidden Figures, The Hateful Eight, Fences, Straight Outta Compton, Top Five, Pawn Sacrifice, Django Unchained, 42, Blood Diamond, Ali, High Fidelity, The Last Samurai, Bulworth, Enemy Of The State, Crimson Tide, Con Air, White Men Can’t Jump, Devil In A Blue Dress, Ed Wood, Sid And Nancy, Edward Scissorhands, The Grifters, and The Piano. Television Credits Include The Leftovers, Insecure, and Everybody Hates Chris.
Vickie Thomas is a graduate of UC San Diego and the UCLA Graduate Film School, and grew up in Detroit.