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Director writes open letter in support of his longtime casting director, who he credits as being instrumental in his films' success

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Woody Allen has weighed into the debate over whether casting directors should have their own Oscar by writing a letter to industry trade magazine the Hollywood Reporter outlining the contribution his own casting director, Juliet Taylor, has made to his films.

Allen writes: "My history shows that my films are full of wonderful performances by actors and actresses I had never heard of and were not only introduced to me by my casting director ... but, in any number of cases, pushed on me against my own resistance."

He continues: "If it were up to me we would use the same half dozen people in all my pictures, whether they fit or not. »

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