Artios salutes casting execs

CSA's 15th anni gala includes fete for Friedman

The Casting Society of America on Wednesday saluted casting directors for their stage, screen and TV work, with kudos acknowledging projects ranging from “Saving Private Ryan” to “Will & Grace” to “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

“Ryan’s” Denise Chamian took home the award for dramatic feature film Wednesday. The Artios awards acknowledged Lisa Beach (“Election”) for her achievement in a comedic feature, while the indie award went to Robert McGee for “Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss.”

Nancy Foy (“The Rat Pack”) beat out the competish for casting in the made-for category and Molly Lopata was rewarded for her work on the mini-series “The Sixties.”

The sudser category acknowledged Judy Blye Wilson’s work for “All My Children.” Alexa L. Fogel (“Oz”) was the prime choice for dramatic episodic casting, while “Frasier’s” Jeff Greenberg prevailed in the comedy series category.

“Felicity’s” Marcia Shulman was the winner for casting in a dramatic pilot, while the pilot comedy award was given to Tracy Lilienfield for “Will & Grace.”

The theater category bestowed awards for drama, comedy and musical. Prizes were respectively given to Jay Binder (“The Iceman Cometh”) and Bernard Telsey (“Death of a Salesman”); Ilene Starger for “Closer”; and Binder again for “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.”

Ruth Lambert (“A Bug’s Life”) was the highest achiever for animated voiceover casting.

Longtime casting director Budd Friedman was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award, while the Casting Co.’s Jane Jenkins and Janet Hirshenson took home the Hoyt’s Bower Award for overall casting excellence.

CSA’s gala was held at the Century Plaza Hotel. Guests and presenters in a crowd of almost 1,000 included James Woods, David Arquette, Laura San Giacomo, Leslie Ann Warren and Paul Rodriguez.

CSA — founded by Mike Fenton, Al Ororato and Joe Reich — celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.