'Artist,' 'Hunger Games' up for casting awards

Films “The Artist,” “The Hunger Games” and “The Help,” TV skeins “Once Upon a Time” and “Smash” and Broadway fare “Once,” “Newsies” and “Evita” are among the nominees for the Casting Society of America’s annual Artios Awards.

Nomination list breaks down the 2012 nominees into categories that group work by genre, with film titles further subdivided by budget. Bigscreen casters to receive more than one nod include Francine Maisler (“Moneyball,” “50/50″), Kerry Barden and Paul Schnee (“The Help,” “Higher Ground”) and Bernard Telsey (“Margin Call,” “Friends With Kids”).

Gotham-based Telsey and his office also was tapped for tube work (“A Gifted Man,” “Smash,” “The Big C”) and stage outings (“The Best Man,” “Evita,” “Porgy and Bess”). Other TV category nods went to “Modern Family,” “Revenge,” “Girls,” “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones” and “Homeland,” among others.

Legit casting directors to score more than one nom include Jim Carnahan (“Once,” “The Mountaintop,” “Harvey,” “Peter and the Starcatcher”), MTC’s Nancy Piccione (“Wit,” “Close Up Space,” “Venus in Fur”) and Tara Rubin (“Aladdin,” “One Man, Two Guvnors,” “The Realistic Joneses”).

The 28th awards will be handed out in a bicoastal ceremony at L.A.’s Beverly Hilton and at New York’s XL.

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