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Casting Society of America Nominations: ‘Jackie,’ ‘Nocturnal Animals’ and ‘Christine’ Among Eclectic List of Contenders

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Casting Society of America Nominations: ‘Jackie,’ ‘Nocturnal Animals’ and ‘Christine’ Among Eclectic List of Contenders
The guild award nominations keep coming in. The Casting Society of America has announced the nominees in its feature film categories for the 32d annual Artios Awards, which honor outstanding achievement in casting. “Arrival,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Hidden Figures,” “Nocturnal Animals” and “The Girl on the Train” all picked up nods in the big-budget drama category, with “Captain Fantastic,” “Jackie,” “Lion,” “Loving” and “Manchester by the Sea” doing likewise in the studio or independent drama field.

Joel McHale will host the Los Angeles ceremony, while Michael Urie is on duty at the New York ceremony; both take place on January 19. Full list of nominees below.

Read More: SAG Film Nominations Surprise With ‘Captain Fantastic,’ Emily Blunt, and More

Big Budget — Comedy

Deadpool” — Ronna Kress, Jennifer Page (Location Casting), Corinne Clark (Location Casting)

“Hail, Caesar!” — Ellen Chenoweth, Susanne Scheel (Associate)

La La Land” — Deborah Aquila, Tricia Wood
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Industry Pros Gather at the Farm Theater’s Bullpen Sessions

New York theater makers: are you looking to add more networking events and workshops to your schedule? The Farm Theater offers bi-monthly opportunities to gather for intimate discussions led by various industry professionals—completely free of charge. Attendees of Bullpen Sessions include emerging artists and established thespians, while topics of discussion span branding and marketing, staging solo shows, the art of casting, and much more. These events are geared toward established strong community connections as well as spreading awareness to aspiring theater professionals. Past invited speakers include such industry vets as Tessa Laneve, Paul Schnee, Halley Feiffer, Qui Nguyen, and Anne Washburn. The next Bullpen Session, titled Producing For Your Community, will feature Ty Jones, artistic director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem; Lou Moreno, artistic director of Intar; and Maria Goyanes, an associate producer at The Public Theater. The event will take place at 6 p.m. on April 5 at Punto Space.
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2016 Spirit Award Winners Announced

2016 Spirit Award Winners Announced
Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, the La Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, handed out top honors to Spotlight, Beasts of No Nation and Room at this afternoon's 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards. Carol, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Krisha, The Look of Silence, Son of Saul and Tangerine also received awards at the ceremony, which was held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. Spotlight received the Robert Altman Award. In addition to being the celebration that honors artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision, the Spirit Awards is the primary fundraiser for Film Independent's year-round programs. The ceremony aired live today on IFC and a rebroadcast will air later this evening; please check your local listings for times. Clips from the ceremony will be available on
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'Spotlight' rules 31st Spirit Awards

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'Spotlight' rules 31st Spirit Awards
The Catholic Church sex abuse drama earned five awards on Saturday including best film in a great night for Participant Media that saw Film Independent voters slap the Academy in the face and hand its two male acting prizes to Beasts Of No Nation.

Open Road/Participant Media’s Spotlight also landed best director for Tom McCarthy at the 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards held in a tent on Santa Monica beach, as well as screenplay for Josh Singer and McCarthy, editing for Tom McArdle and the previously announced Robert Altman Award for best ensemble.

Voting members honoured Abraham Attah with best male lead and Idris Elba with best supporting male for their roles in Netflix/Participant Media/Red Crown’s child soldier drama Beasts Of No Nation.

The pair were popular winners and their triumph offered perhaps some redemption after the Academy triggered the #OscarsSoWhite backlash when it omitted them – and other non-white actors – from its Oscar
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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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Casting Directors, Filmmakers Weigh in on This Year’s Oscar-Contending Ensembles

Casting Directors, Filmmakers Weigh in on This Year’s Oscar-Contending Ensembles
Casting Emily Blunt in “Sicario” went something like this: Four weeks after she’d given birth, director Denis Villeneuve sent her the script, and then later met with her while she was dressed in pajamas.

Jeff Daniels was working on HBO’s third and final season of “The Newsroom” when creator Aaron Sorkin began writing “Steve Jobs,” and as Daniels recalls, “I threw my hat into the ring. My audition lasted three years.”

Jason Mitchell Skyped with “Straight Outta Compton” director F. Gary Gray for over an hour, crying and laughing. He didn’t even know he’d landed the part of Eazy-e until after several more days of specialized testing with possible co-stars.

Brian d’Arcy James went from meeting director Tom McCarthy to a table read with the rest of the cast of “Spotlight” less than three weeks later. “We had about four days of rehearsal, and two
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'Carol' leads Indie Spirit nominees

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'Carol' leads Indie Spirit nominees
Todd Haynes is in the running for best director and both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are in contention for best female lead alongside Room’s Brie Larson as Carol earned six 2016 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations in Los Angeles on Tuesday.Scroll down for full list of nominations

Close behind were Spotlight and Beasts Of No Nation on five apiece, followed by indie darling Tangerine and Anomalisa on four each.

Not even a glitch that saw the list of nominees temporarily appear on the Film Independent website prior to the official announcement could spoil what turned out by and large to be a recognition of independent film in its myriad forms.

Besides the more predictable contenders like Carol, Spotlight and Room, there was plenty of love for Tangerine, shot on an iPhone, and Beasts Of No Nation from Netflix, whose day-and-date release (and what that portends) infuriated large swathes of the exhibition sector but has clearly
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'Carol' leads Spirit nominees

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'Carol' leads Spirit nominees
Todd Haynes is in the running for best director and both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are in contention for best female lead alongside Room’s Brie Larson as Carol earned six 2016 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Close behind were Spotlight and Beasts Of No Nation on five apiece, followed by indie darling Tangerine and Anomalisa on four each.

Not even a glitch that saw the list of nominees temporarily appear on the Film Independent website prior to the official announcement could spoil what turned out by and large to be a recognition of independent film in its myriad forms.

Besides the more predictable contenders like Carol, Spotlight and Room, there was plenty of love for Tangerine, shot on an iPhone, and Beasts Of No Nation from Netflix, whose day-and-date release (and what that portends) infuriated large swathes of the exhibition sector but has clearly impressed critics.

Magnolia Pictures earned
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Beasts Of No Nation, Carol, Spotlight Among 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the La Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, announced nominations for the 2016 Spirit Awards this morning. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at W Hollywood, with actors John Boyega and Elizabeth Olsen presenting the nominations.

Nominees for Best Feature included Anomalisa, Beasts of No Nation, Carol, Spotlight and Tangerine.

“This year’s nominees are a testament to the strength, vitality and diversity of independent, artist-driven filmmaking,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh. “It’s an astonishingly strong group of films and performances this year and we look forward to celebrating them all at the Spirit Awards.”

Spotlight was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman
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5 Pieces of Must-Know Casting News

Patrick Swayze may have considered putting Baby in a corner if it was Ansel Elgort in the role; “The Fault in Our Stars” lead will star opposite Jamie Foxx and Lily James in the film “Baby Driver,” about a young getaway driver who finds his life is in danger after getting involved with a doomed heist. Production on the action-packed rubber burner will be split between New Orleans and Atlanta when cameras roll in February of next year. License and registration not required. Subways can be a cesspool for delinquency, and for Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, and Rebecca Ferguson, their next stop is Murderville. Kerry Barden and Paul Schnee are casting the Paula Hawkins book-turned-feature, “The Girl on the Train.” The film follows an alcoholic woman whose daily subway ride turns nasty after waking up to find herself covered in blood and accused of murder. The train takes off this
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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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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 2014

The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as
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271 Invited To Join The Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.

“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

The 2014 invitees are:

Actors

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips

Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”

Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame

Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men

Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine,
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Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years.
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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn.
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