Awards season is about to get more crowded.
The traditional season runs from late fall to early February when the Oscars are held. The Casting Society of America has typically held its industry honors, known as the Artios Awards, in November. But on Sunday the CSA announced it was moving the show to “one week after the 2015 Academy Award nominations announcement.”
The CSA will hold the 30th annual Artios Awards in New York and Los Angeles Jan. 22, 2015, to make the event a part of the gala season. "The recognition of the craft and art of casting has taken a major step forward with the recent establishment of the Casting Directors Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences," stated Richard Hicks, president of the CSA. “We moved the 30th Annual Artios Awards later in the season to better align Casting with film's other major guilds and crafts."
Next year's Artios, which are named for the Greek word meaning “perfectly fitted,” will have 29 categories honoring CSA members "working in casting across theater, television and film, while exemplifying originality and creativity, in addition to demonstrating the highest-level of overall casting contributions to a given project." The awards were first held at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 1985 before switching to a bi-coastal format.