30th Annual Artios Award Film Nominees Announced

The Casting Society of America has announced its nominees for the 30th annual Artios Awards’ feature film categories after moving its date from November to the height of awards season. The shift has made space for casting directors on films like “Blue Jasmine” and “American Hustle,” released in 2013, to be nominated—the eligibility periond being July, 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2014.

Casting director Francine Maisler leads the feature film pack with four nominations for her work on “Into the Woods,” “Captain Phillips,” “Birdman,” and “12 Years a Slave,” and James Calleri and company lead the awards overall with eight nominations in the theater categories.

Indie drama nominees—in addition to Maisler for “Birdman”—include Terri Taylor for her casting of Miles Teller and speculated Oscar contender J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash”; Nina Gold for her casting of Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, and Charlie Cox in the Stephen Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything”; Ellen Chenoweth for casting Oscar Isaac in the largely overlooked Coen brothers film “Inside Llewyn Davis”; and Kerry Barden and others for “Dallas Buyers Club,” the film that won both Matthew McConaughey and supporting actor Jared Leto Oscars last year.

Indie comedy nominees included Fiona Weir for “Pride,” starring an outstanding ensemble cast that included Imelda Staunton; Laura Rosenthal for the Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, and Jaeden Lieberher-starring “St. Vincent”; Victoria Thomas for the Chris Rock film starring Rock, Rosario Dawson, and Gabrielle Union “Top Five”; and Jeanne McCarthy for her work on Tim Burton’s latest film “Big Eyes,” starring Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, and Krysten Ritter.

Backstage spoke McCarthy in December about her casting work on both “Big Eyes” and “Foxcatcher,” where she admitted her surprise when director Bennett Miller suggested Steve Carell for the role of the murderous John DuPont.

Aisha Coley was nominated—alongside casting directors for “Gone Girl,” “American Hustle,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Captain Phillips,” and “Foxcatcher”—in the big budget drama category for her work on “Selma,” the film on Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., featuring a pitch-perfect ensemble cast that includes David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Alessandro Nivola, André Holland, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Roth, Tom Wilkinson, Tessa Thompson, and others.

Kim Taylor-Coleman was nominated in the low-budget comedy category for the Tessa Thompson-starring “Dear White People,” which also features an ensemble cast, and is up against Eric Souliere (“Space Station 76”); Jennifer Euston (“Adult World”), and others. Low-budget drama nominees include “Boyhood” CD Beth Sepko; Mary Vernieu and Lindsay Graham (who also cast “Fury”) for the Jennifer Aniston-starring “Cake”; Richard Hicks for “Camp X-Ray,” starring Kristen Stewart in her most serious role to date; and others.

Winners will be announced Jan. 22 with bi-coastal ceremonies to honor recipients. Special honors will be presented to Career Achievement Award winner “Boyhood” director Richard Linklater; Emmy Award-winning director Rob Marshall (“Into the Woods”); and Ellen Lewis, the Emmy-winning casting director.

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