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31st Annual Artios Awards Honor Casting’s Best

Winners of the Casting Society of America’s top honors were announced Jan. 21 in both New York City and Los Angeles. The 31st annual Artios Awards recognized the best casting directors in the biz, spanning film, television, Web series, and theater. On hand to present the awards were America Ferrera, Finn Wittrock, William H. Macy, Jay Duplass, Neil Brown Jr., and host Greg Grunberg on the west coast, and Jeff Daniels, Christian Slater, Annaleigh Ashford, Jake Lacy, David Hyde Pierce, Kal Penn, Rachel Dratch, and host Tituss Burgess on the east coast. “Straight Outta Compton” took home the Feature Film Big Budget Drama award for CDs Cindy Tolan and Victoria Thomas, location CDs Meagan Lewis, Beth Sepko, Carolyn Pickman, Lucinda Syson, Pat Moran, and associate Judith Sunga. It was a good night for Tolan, who also won New York Broadway Theatre award for the drama “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
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'The Big Short,' 'Straight Outta Compton' Top Casting Society of America's Artios Awards

'The Big Short,' 'Straight Outta Compton' Top Casting Society of America's Artios Awards
Oscar nominees "The Big Short," "Room," and "Straight Outta Compton" all notched wins at the Casting Society of America's 31st Artios Awards Thursday night, hosted by Greg Grunberg and Tituss Burgess and featuring presenters such as Sarah Paulson, Aaron Sorkin, and Julianna Marguiles. "Transparent," "Empire," "Game of Thrones," and "Olive Kitteridge" took home the major television awards. Read the list of film and television winners below. Feature Film Big Budget Comedy “The Big Short,” Francine Maisler, Meagan Lewis (Location Casting) Feature Film Big Budget Drama “Straight Outta Compton,” Cindy Tolan, Victoria Thomas, Meagan Lewis (Location Casting), Beth Sepko (Location Casting), Carolyn Pickman (Location Casting), Lucinda Syson (Location Casting), Pat Moran (Location Casting), Judith Sunga (Associate) Feature Film Studio or Independent Comedy “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” Angela Demo,...
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Does "Star Wars" Have the Best Cast? It's Among the Nominees of Casting Society of America's Artios Awards! See Full Nomination List!

The Casting Society of America has announced the nominees of its 31st annual Artios Awards. J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is among the nominees in its Big Budget Drama category. And why not? The film cast the fantastic unknowns Daisy Ridley and John Boyega along with franchise veterans Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill. All to stellar effect mind you!

According to its site, "Artios" from the ancient Greek, meaning "perfectly fitted." So how fitting! Here's more info on the Artios Awards:

In October of 1985 the Casting Society of America presented the first-ever Artios Awards for Excellence in Casting at an awards luncheon. Held in the Crystal Room of the Beverly Hills Hotel, the event was attended by more than 500 industry leaders and seven Csa members were honored for their work in four different casting categories. In 1988, the first Artios Award for theatre casting was presented
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‘Star Wars,’ ‘The Big Short,’ ‘Carol’ Among Casting Society of America Nominees

‘Star Wars,’ ‘The Big Short,’ ‘Carol’ Among Casting Society of America Nominees
The Casting Society of America has nominated 34 feature films in seven categories for the 31st annual Artios Awards. Among the contenders are Oscar hopefuls, including “The Big Short,” “Brooklyn,” “Carol,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Straight Outta Compton” and “Trumbo,” as well as small-scale dark horses such as “Infinitely Polar Bear” and “It Follows.”

Final ballots have been distributed to the 600 Csa members, with voting to continue through Friday, Jan. 8. All winners for film, television, theater, short film and new media categories will be announced at the 31st annual Artios Awards on Jan. 21, with award ceremonies being held simultaneously at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles and at the Hard Rock Café in New York.

Among the individuals with multiple noms are Douglas Aibel, Henry Russell Bergstein, Nina Gold, Meagan Lewis, Natalie Lyon, Francine Maisler, Adam Richards, Carolyn Pickman, Kevin Reher, Paul Schnee, Bernard Telsey and Fiona Weir.

As previously announced,
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Like the Actors They Pick, TV Casting Directors Vie for Emmys

We can learn many things about TV trends just by looking at the shows chosen for this year’s Emmy nominations in the three categories of casting: drama, comedy, and limited series.

First, broadcast is challenged. Just two network series (PBS aside) were nominated and both were from ABC.

Second, the traditional Hollywood casting couch is on the outs — most nominations source out of New York, the U.K. or both.

Third, it’s a small world after all, with multiple nominees gracing multiple categories.

Then there’s the fourth: Just try asking casting directors what they’re looking for when deciding if a show’s casting is “outstanding.” They can be a little, well, vague.

“Casting in some ways is very complicated, and in some ways it’s very simple,” says Jill Trevellick, who was nominated for the fourth time this year for PBS Masterpiece’s “Downton Abbey.”

Meredith Tucker,
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'Grand Budapest,' 'Wolf of Wall Street' win awards from Casting Society of America

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'Grand Budapest,' 'Wolf of Wall Street' win awards from Casting Society of America
Winners were revealed Thursday night for the Casting Society of America's 30th annual Artios Awards. Winners in the film categories included "The Wolf of Wall Street," "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Dear White People." Check out the nominees here, the full list of winners below and all the rest of the season's offerings at The Circuit. Feature Film - Big Budget Comedy "The Wolf of Wall Street," Ellen Lewis Feature Film - Big Budget Drama "12 Years a Slave," Francine Maisler, Meagan Lewis (Location Casting), Melissa Kostenbauder (Associate) Feature Film - Studio or Independent Comedy "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Douglas Aibel, Jina Jay, Henry Russell Bergstein (Associate) Feature Film - Studio or Independent Drama "Dallas Buyers Club," Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee, Rich Delia, Tracy Kilpatrick (Location Casting), Allison Estrin (Associate) Feature Film Low Budget Comedy "Dear White People," Kim Taylor-Coleman Feature Film Low Budget Drama "Boyhood," Beth Sepko Feature Film Animation "Frozen,
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'Guardians,' 'Whiplash,' and… '12 Years a Slave' (throwback!) among Casting Society’s nominees

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'Guardians,' 'Whiplash,' and… '12 Years a Slave' (throwback!) among Casting Society’s nominees
Because the Casting Society of America shifted the date of its Artios Awards, this year’s nominees include films released theatrically from July 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2014, paving the way for last year’s Best Picture winner to nuzzle its way into contention along with 2014 hopefuls like "Birdman," "Boyhood," and "Selma." With categories ranging from Big Budget Drama to Low Budget Comedy, nearly every film that one expects to make the cut made the cut. And then some. The Csa’s nominees put "Guardians of the Galaxy" side by side with "Wolf of Wall Street," "Whiplash" with "Inside Llewyn Davis," and Disney’s "Planes" with "Frozen." If you were dreaming of a re-evaluation of "We’re the Millers," your time is now. 2015’s bicoastal Artios Awards will be hosted by Patton Oswalt (Los Angeles) and Michael Urie (New York City). The evening will also honor two-time Academy Award®-nominee Richard Linklater ("Boyhood
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Casting Society Nominations Pit ‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Selma’ and ‘Foxcatcher’ Against 2013’s Big Movies

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Casting Society Nominations Pit ‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Selma’ and ‘Foxcatcher’ Against 2013’s Big Movies
The Casting Society of America has super-sized its Artios Awards feature film nominations this year, honoring 42 different films and putting some of 2014’s top contenders in categories where they’ll compete against 2013’s awards movies.

For its 30th annual ceremony, the awards for casting directors have moved from their usual fall slot to a late-January date that placed them in the middle of awards season. To accommodate the new date, this year’s eligibility period spanned 18 months instead of a single year, encompassing films released in the second half of 2013 and all of 2014.

See photos: The 17 Breakout Stars of 2014:
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Casting Society Unveils Artios Film Nominees

Casting Society Unveils Artios Film Nominees
Guardians Of The Galaxy, Into The Woods, Big Eyes and Gone Girl are among the feature film nominees announced today for the Casting Society of America’s 30th Annual Artios Awards. Winners for film, television, theater and new media categories will be announced January 22 at simultaneous award ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles and 42West Cabaret & Lounge in New York City. Patton Oswalt will host in La and Michael Urie in New York.

Csa also will honor Richard Linklater (Boyhood) with the Career Achievement Award, Rob Marshall (Into The Woods) with the New York Apple Award and casting director Ellen Lewis with the Hoyt Bowers Award. Due to the Artios Awards date change this year (from November to January), the eligibility period for film projects was expanded for this award ceremony only, to include films released theatrically from July 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014. Here’s the complete list of
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Directors & Their Troops: Richard Linklater on His ‘Boyhood’ Team

Directors & Their Troops: Richard Linklater on His ‘Boyhood’ Team
Conversations about “Boyhood” tend to focus on the actors or writer-director Richard Linklater, but he is quick to emphasize the contributions of his loyal artisan team. As he told Variety, “Everything about this film was unusual. The rigors of the 12-year approach presented challenges in every department, including logistical.” More than 400 people ended up working on the film, and he says, “It was tricky scheduling actors and some crew people with my schedule.” For example, it required two cinematographers, who sometimes alternated from year to year, and sometimes worked together.

Cinematography: Lee Daniel, Shane F. Kelly

“We maintained pretty good continuity. They’re two d.p.’s I have worked with over the years, so it was all in the family. We were going for real life, which still requires a lot of effort. For an acting performance to work, it has to be tight to feel loose, you know?
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10 Supporting Players Who Dedicated Years to ‘Boyhood’

For casting director Beth Sepko, Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” was a project unlike any other she’d done in the past. Knowing she needed actors for years at a time made the task particularly challenging. “There were times I would get an email saying, ‘We’re going to do this next fall’ or I’d get an email saying, ‘Hey, next month we’re going to shoot a segment,’ ” Sepko told Backstage earlier this month. “And Rick [Linklater] would give me a call and say, ‘I need a teacher, I need a boyfriend, a new neighborhood kid.’ ” Taking over after the film was initially cast by Anne Walker-McBay, Sepko worked tirelessly to create a troupe of supporting characters. But it wasn’t just Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, and Patricia Arquette who gathered together year after year to film the 12-years-in-the-making movie. As any actor knows, there’s no part too small,
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Csa to honour Richard Linklater

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The director of Boyhood will collect the Casting Society Of America’s Career Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Artios Awards on January 22.

The Artios Career Achievement Award recognises “an individual’s contributions to the entertainment industry and inclusion of the casting director in the overall creative process.”

Linklater has directed 17 films and worked with casting director Beth Sepko for more than a decade on Boyhood.

“Richard is a filmmaker whose work is both current and timeless,” said Csa president Richard Hicks. “With Boyhood, he worked with casting director Beth Sepko to make casting choices, which sustained the film’s emotional truth over the 12 years it took to shoot.

“It demonstrates the power of making the artistically authentic choice and highlights how much can be achieved with quality casting. His career is full of such work. It’s a special year for the Artios, our 30th, and it required an extraordinary honouree. We are thrilled
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Csa to Honor Richard Linklater for ‘Boyhood’

Keeping a cast together for a dozen years deserves a little recognition, according to the Casting Society of America. The group is set to present “Boyhood” director Richard Linklater with their Career Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Artios Awards in January. The award “recognizes an individual’s contributions to the entertainment industry and inclusion of the casting director in the overall creative process.” CBS Entertainment Chairwoman Nina Tassler was the last person to be honored by the Csa with the award. During the production of “Boyhood,” Linklater spent a decade working with casting director Beth Sepko, who helped discover newcomer Ellar Coltrane, who plays the son of Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. Lorelei Linklater plays Coltrane’s sister Samantha. The length of the shoot "demonstrates the power of making the artistically authentic choice and highlights how much can be achieved with quality casting. His career is full of such work,
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Richard Linklater Will Receive Casting Society Career Achievement Award

Richard Linklater Will Receive Casting Society Career Achievement Award
Linklater has directed 17 feature films including "Boyhood," a 12-year-long passion project guaranteed to be on many, many critics' top ten lists—and a sure bet for an Oscar Best Picture nomination. For over a decade, Linklater has collaborated losely with casting director Beth Sepko, who worked on "Boyhood" starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke. Read More: Linklater on Unique Time Travel Fiction 'Boyhood,' with Coltrane, Hawke and Arquette (Exclusive Video) The Career Achievement Award was last handed to Nina Tassler, now chairman of CBS Entertainment. Linklater will be honored alongside the previously announced New York Apple Award recipient, Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director Rob Marshall (this year's "Into the Woods") and Hoyt Bowers Award recipient, Emmy Award-winning casting director Ellen Lewis. All honorees will take the stage at the Artios Awards, which for the first time ever, will be held in...
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Richard Linklater for career achievement by Casting Society of America

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Richard Linklater for career achievement by Casting Society of America
When you make movies about people, an eye for casting becomes an auteurist stamp. Richard Linklater knows his characters so well — their personalities, their movements, their sounds — that by the time he inserts actors into each part, the choices feel like absolutes. Take the "Before" series. It’s a war crime to fantasy cast alternatives for Celine and Jesse. Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke are too perfect. Just try. Nope. Not the same movie. Can’t do it. Impossible. In a testament to Linklater’s knack for spotting talent, the Casting Society of America will present two-time Academy Award-nominee with their Career Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Artios Awards. “Richard is a filmmaker whose work is both current and timeless. With Boyhood, he worked with casting director Beth Sepko to make casting choices, which sustained the film’s emotional truth over the 12 years it took to shoot. It demonstrates
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Richard Linklater Tapped for Casting Society of America Honor

Richard Linklater Tapped for Casting Society of America Honor
The Casting Society of America will present “Boyhood” director Richard Linklater with its Career Achievement Award.

The honor will be presented Jan. 22 at the 30th Annual Artios Awards in New York and Los Angeles. The Csa noted that Linklater has directed 17 feature films.

“Richard is a filmmaker whose work is both current and timeless,” said Csa president Richard Hicks. “With ‘Boyhood,’ he worked with casting director Beth Sepko to make casting choices, which sustained the film’s emotional truth over the 12 years it took to shoot. It demonstrates the power of making the artistically authentic choice and highlights how much can be achieved with quality casting.”

Linklater’s credits include “Slacker,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Before Sunrise,” “School of Rock,” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight.”

The Career Achievement Award was awarded last year to CBS Entertainment’s Nina Tassler.

Linklater will be honored alongside the previously announced New York Apple Award
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Richard Linklater to Receive Casting Society of America's Career Achievement Award

Richard Linklater to Receive Casting Society of America's Career Achievement Award
Richard Linklater is to receive the Casting Society of America's Career Achievement Award. The Boyhood director is being recognized for his contributions to the entertainment industry and his inclusion of the casting director in the overall creative process and he will be presented with the award at the 30th Annual Artios Awards taking place Jan. 22 2015.  Linklater's career stretches to seventeen features, including this year the critically acclaimed and likely awards contender Boyhood on which he worked closely with casting director Beth Sepko.  Read more Making of 'Boyhood': What You Don't Know About Richard Linklater's 12-Year Shoot Richard Hicks, the

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Aff Interview: Ashley Spillers of 'Dear Sidewalk' Remembers Her Sunscreen

One of the made-in-Austin films having its premiere at this year's Austin Film Festival is Dear Sidewalk, a romantic comedy about a mail carrier (Joseph Mazzello, Jurassic Park, Justified) who falls for an older divorcee (Michelle Forbes, True Blood, The Killing).  Also featured in the cast is one Ashley Spillers, who has acted in many buzzworthy local films of late (The Bounceback, Pit Stop, Loves Her Gun) and even appears in the viral short Hell No.

The former Austinite also stars in the horror-comedy Saturday Morning Massacre (aka Saturday Morning Mystery if you are buying it at Wal-Mart), which screens at the Housecore Horror Film Festival on, appropriately enough, Saturday morning.

Before Austin Film Festival started up, Spillers took part in this email interview for us.

Slackerwood: How did you come to be involved in Dear Sidewalk?

Ashley Spillers: Well, I auditioned! Beth Sepko was casting and she called
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SXSW Reminder: SAG Foundation Workshop Today

For actors at SXSW, don't forget about the SAG Foundation's final workshop, Actors: Create Your Brand & Corner Your Market, today at 3:30 p.m. at the Austin Convention Center. Details below! SXSW Workshop with the SAG Foundation - Actors: Create Your Brand & Corner Your Market! When: Tuesday, March 12, 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Where: Austin Convention Center, 4th Floor, Room 13Ab, capacity 152 • Moderator: Rochelle Rose, Screen Actors Guild Foundation • Speaker: Beth Sepko, Beth Sepko Casting / 3rd Coast Extras • Speaker: Bonnie Gillespie, Cricket Feet Casting
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Emmy Nominations Reveal Few Surprises

It's a good day for funny people, especially if your name is Tina Fey or Seth MacFarlane.

Fey's series, 30 Rock, was handed 22 Emmy nominations this morning, which stands as a record for a comedy series. She and Alec Baldwin were also nominated for acting awards. Plus, for the first time some of the other actors on NBC's laffer were recognized. Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer and Tracy Morgan all picked up supporting nominations.

MacFarlane's Family Guy was also nominated for best comedy series, the first time an animated show has cracked that category since The Flintstones in 1961. Two years ago MacFarlane decided to pull his show from contention in the animated series category to have it considered for best comedy.

Mad Men, the drama about the advertising world in the sixties, picked up 16 nominations in the drama categories, including a best actor nod for Jon Hamm. Hamm is also nominated as
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