Casting Society of America Announces 36th Artios Award Nominees

Article Image
Photo Source: "The Prom": Melinda Sue Gordon/Netflix

Casting Society of America has unveiled the entirety of their 36th Artios Awards nominees Friday, Feb. 19, with the addition of film nods to the previously announced television, theater, and short film contenders. 

The nominations come in advance of the organization’s first worldwide virtual ceremony on April 15. In addition to the project nominees, CSA has chosen to honor the Actors Fund with the Rosalie Joseph Humanitarian Award and Tara Rubin and Robi Reed with the Hoyt Bowers Award, the first time two CDs will jointly be honored with the award.

Film nominees echo this year’s Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nods with the teams behind films like Netflix’s “The Prom,” for CD Alexa L. Fogel, who was also nominated for Warner Bros.’ “Judas and the Black Messiah”; Amazon’s “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” for CD Nancy Bishop; Netflix’s “Da 5 Bloods,” for CD Kim Coleman and location casting by Juliette Menager; “Ammonite” for CD Fiona Weir; Netflix’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” for CD Avy Kaufman; and “One Night in Miami,” for CD Kimberly Hardin, among the honorees. 

CDs behind indie films—like Julia Kim for “Minari,” Susan Shopmaker for “Sound of Metal,” and Chelsea Ellis Bloch for “Miss Junteenth”—were also recognized. Animation nods split between Dreamworks’ Christi Soper for “The Croods: A New Age” and “Trolls World Tour,” and Pixar’s Natalie Lyon and Kevin Reher for “Onward” and “Soul.”

READ: The SAG Award-Worthy 2021 Film and TV Ensembles 

On the TV side, first season and pilot nods went to drama and comedy series like Hulu’s “The Great,” for CD Rose Wicksteed; Netflix’s “Never Have I Ever,” for team Brett Greenstein and Collin Daniel; Amazon’s “The Boys” for powerhouse team Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer; and HBO’s “Euphoria,” for Mary Vernieu, Jessica Kelly, and Jennifer Venditti. Returning series earning nods included Netflix’s “Dead to Me” for Sherry Thomas and Sharon Bialy, who were also nominated for their work on Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and FX’s “What We Do in the Shadows” for Gayle Keller. Multi nominees Avy Kaufman (HBO’s “Succession”) and Alexa L. Fogel (FX’s “Pose” and Netflix’s “Ozark”) also appeared in the series category. Familiar nominees like Carmen Cuba (Hulu’s “Mrs. America) and David Rubin (Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere) joined new-to-the-list names like Louise Kiely (Hulu’s “Normal People”) in the limited series category.

For a theater season cut short in 2020, plenty of work had been staged to acknowledge the work of those casting directors. Jim Carnahan dominated the play revival category for his work on “A Soldier’s Play,” “Betrayal,” and “The Rose Tattoo.” The CD joined Stephen Kopel and Telsey + Company in the musical category for their work on “Moulin Rogue! The Musical,” “Jagged Little Pill,” and “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” respectively. Among the original play category contenders are Telsey + Company for “Grand Horizons” and “The Sound Inside,” New York Theater Workshop’s Taylor Williams for “Slave Play,” and Daniel Swee for “The Great Society.” 

For the full list of film, TV, theater, and short film nominees, and for information about Casting Society of America, visit

Looking for remote work? Backstage has got you covered! Click here for auditions you can do from home!

Author Headshot
Elyse Roth
Elyse is a senior editor at Backstage, where she oversees all casting news and features content, including her weekly casting director Q&A series, In the Room. She came to New York from Ohio by way of Northwestern University, where she studied journalism, and now lives in Brooklyn. She might see and write about awards-worthy films, but Elyse still thinks “Legally Blonde” is a perfect movie and on any given night is probably taking in some kind of entertainment, whether it’s comedy, theater, ballet, or figuring out what show to binge next.
See full bio and articles here!