‘L.A.’s’ Finn feted by Casting Society

'Boogie Nights,' 'Anastasia' get similar nods

“L.A. Confidential” added another prize to its list of kudos Wednesday when the Casting Society of America honored the film’s casting director, Mali Finn.

The award was one of 13 given to casting directors during the CSA’s 14th annual Artios Awards at the Century Plaza Hotel.

Finn’s prize for “Confidential,” a film that won Kim Basinger an Oscar, was for outstanding achievement in casting feature film dramas. Finn received a second Artios Award for casting the independent feature “Sunday.” She was most recently the casting director for “Your Friends and Neighbors.”

Alexa L. Fogel was another two-time Artios winner, for “Oz,” in both the dramatic episodic and dramatic pilot categories.

Other awards went to: Christine Sheaks, for “Boogie Nights,” comedy feature; Brian Chavanne, “Anastasia,” animated voiceover; Junie Lowry Johnson, “Gia,” movie of the week; Iris Grossman, “George Wallace,” miniseries; Tammara Billik, “Ellen,” comedy episodic; Nikki Valko, “Dharma & Greg,” comedy pilot; Daniel Swee, “Art,” theater drama/comedy; Jay Binder, “The Lion King,” theater musical; and Judy Blye Wilson, “All My Children,” daytime episodic drama.

The CSA’s lifetime achievement award was presented to director John Frankenheimer, whose most recent film is “Ronin.” During a 45-year career, Frankenheimer also directed “Birdman of Alcatraz,” “The Manchurian Candidate,” “Grand Prix,” “The Iceman Cometh” and “Seven Days in May,” among others, as well as a large number of television productions, including “George Wallace.”

The Hoyt Bowers Award for contribution to the casting profession was given to Geoffrey Johnson and Vinnie Liff, casting directors of Broadway productions such as “Phantom of the Opera,” “Cats,” “Miss Saigon,” “Amadeus,” “Les Miserables” and “Equus.”

Awards were presented by Patrick Swayze, Jason Alexander, Christine Lahti, Frederic Forrest, Peri Gilpin, Jane Krakowski, Richard Masur and Traci Lords, among others. Harry Shearer was master of ceremonies.

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