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Artios Awards: CODA, Don’t Look Up and West Side Story Honored by Casting Society


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Best Picture nominees CODA, Don’t Look Up and West Side Story were among the big winners at the 37th annual Artios Awards, which held a virtual ceremony hosted by Danielle Pinnock on Wednesday night.

“We are so excited to honor these immensely talented, creative, and hard-working casting directors tonight. What a wonderful way to begin Casting Society’s 40th year by celebrating these extraordinary casting directors’ invaluable contributions to the entertainment world,” said Kim Williams. President of the Casting Society, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

“It was a tremendous honor to be asked to host this year’s Artios Awards. I’m still pinching myself! To be able to celebrate these industry titans is a gift I won’t soon forget,” Pinnock said in a statement, adding that she’s “always been so inspired by the endless creativity and passion that casting directors exhibit: in giving actors a platform to share their gifts; and in helping creators achieve their vision by bringing together a perfect ensemble of performers.”

Last year’s biggest blockbuster, Spider-Man: No Way Home. won this year’s Zeitgeist Award, which sounds right to me, while the Associate Spotlight Award was presented to casting associates Kimberly Ehrlich and Xavier Rubiano. The Virtual Theater Award was given out this year in lieu of the Casting Society’s usual theater categories, which are expected to return next year.

Looking at those aforementioned Best Picture nominees, CODA made a star out of Emilia Jones and introduced us to two deaf actors I’d never heard of before — Troy Kotsur and Daniel Durant — one of whom is about to win a very well-deserved Oscar; likewise, West Side Story is about to bring Ariana DeBose an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, and it also introduced movie audiences to Rachel Zegler, not to mention Mike Faist and David Alvarez. Meanwhile, Adam McKay and Francine Maisler assembled a star-studded ensemble for Don’t Look Up featuring Oscar winners Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Mark Rylance, Cate Blanchett, and two-time nominee Jonah Hill. Not too shabby if you ask me…

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A full list of Artios Awards winners can be found below:

Encanto – Jamie Sparer Roberts, Grace C. Kim (Associate)

Big Budget – Comedy
Don’t Look Up – Francine Maisler, Kathy Driscoll-Mohler (Additional Casting), Carolyn Pickman (Location Casting), Matt Bouldry (Location Casting), Kyle Crand (Location Casting), Molly Rose (Associate)

Big Budget – Drama
West Side Story – Cindy Tolan, Nicholas Petrovich (Associate)

Studio or Independent – Comedy – TIE
The Tender Bar – Rachel Tenner, Bess Fifer (Location Casting), Carolyn Pickman (Location Casting), Rick Messina (Associate)

Zola – Kim Taylor-Coleman

Studio or Independent – Drama
CODA – Deborah Aquila, Tricia Wood, Lisa Zagoria, Angela Peri (Location Casting), Lisa Lobel (Location Casting), Melissa Morris (Associate)

Low Budget – Comedy or Drama
The Humans – Ellen Chenoweth, Susanne Scheel (Associate)

Micro Budget – Comedy or Drama
Shiva Baby – Kate Geller

Short Film
Growing Fangs – Jessica Munks, Michael Morlani

The Zeitgeist Award
Spider-Man: No Way Home – Sarah Halley Finn, Chase Paris (Location Casting), Tara Feldstein Bennett (Location Casting), Molly Doyle (Associate)

Television Pilot and First Season – Comedy
Ted Lasso – Theo Park, Olissa Rogers (Associate)

Television Pilot and First Season – Drama
Lovecraft Country – Kim Taylor-Coleman, Meagan Lewis (Location Casting), Mickie Paskal (Location Casting), Jennifer Rudnicke (Location Casting) Rebecca Carfagna (Associate), AJ Links (Associate)

Television Series – Comedy
Call My Agent – Constance Demontoy

Television Series – Drama
Pose – Alexa L. Fogel, Elizabeth Berra (Associate)

Limited Series
The Queen’s Gambit – Ellen Lewis, Kate Sprance, Olivia Scott-Webb, Tina Gerussi (Location Casting)

Film, Non-Theatrical Release
The United States vs. Billie Holiday – Leah Daniels-Butler, Billy Hopkins, Ashley Ingram, Kevin Scott, Andrea Kenyon (Location Casting), Randi Wells (Location Casting)

Children’s Pilot and Series (Live Action)
All That – Nickole Doro, Shayna Sherwood, Devon Brady (Associate)

Animated Series
Big Mouth – Julie Ashton

Reality Series
Queer Eye – Danielle Gervais, Pamela Vallarelli, Ally Capriotti Grant

Short Form Series
Mapleworth Murders – Jill Anthony Thomas, Anthony J. Kraus (Associate)

Virtual Theater (new category exclusive for 2022, due to COVID-19 shuttering Broadway)
Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana – Stephanie Klapper

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