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Ashleigh Cummings awarded the 2016 Heath Ledger Scholarship

1 June 2016 10:37 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Ashleigh Cummings as Dot in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.

Ashleigh Cummings is this year's winner of the Heath Ledger Scholarship, with Harley Bonner and Sara West named runners-up..

Ledger's Candy co-star Abbie Cornish, serving on the judging committee for the first time, said that "the quality of Ashleigh.s work to-date combined with her single-minded approach to fulfilling her acting potential made her the worthy recipient of this year.s award."

"We are all excited about the impact that winning this award will have on Ashleigh.s career and are eager to see the future work of runners up Harley and Sara..

At the ceremony in La, Cummings called Ledger "a powerful source of inspiration to me, so to receive this award is inordinately humbling. I'd like to sincerely thank AiF and the beautiful Ledger family for supporting young artists in our passionate endeavours to continue in Heath's wake."

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Casting Directors Lynn Stalmaster, Juliet Taylor, Mike Fenton Honored by Academy’s Board of Governors

14 April 2016 6:43 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Think of your favorite movie. Now, think of it with an entirely different cast,” said David Rubin, a member of the Casting Directors Branch on the Academy’s Board of Governors. “Hard to do, isn’t it.”

Renowned casting directors Lynn Stalmaster, Juliet Taylor and Mike Fenton were celebrated at the first-ever “Perfect Choice: The Art of the Casting Director” event held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night.

“I think the Academy has gone a long way in a short period of time and I feel honored to be here,” said Fenton. “We casting directors have always hoped the time would come when the Academy would realize that we had something to offer Hollywood and I think that time is coming soon.”

Taylor and Fenton joined Academy governors Rubin, Lora Kennedy and Bernard Telsey onstage to discuss the creative process behind casting films and some »

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