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‘Star Wars,’ ‘The Big Short,’ ‘Carol’ Among Casting Society of America Nominees

The Casting Society of America has nominated 34 feature films in seven categories for the 31st annual Artios Awards. Among the contenders are Oscar hopefuls, including “The Big Short,” “Brooklyn,” “Carol,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Straight Outta Compton” and “Trumbo,” as well as small-scale dark horses such as “Infinitely Polar Bear” and “It Follows.”

Final ballots have been distributed to the 600 CSA members, with voting to continue through Friday, Jan. 8. All winners for film, television, theater, short film and new media categories will be announced at the 31st annual Artios Awards on Jan. 21, with award ceremonies being held simultaneously at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles and at the Hard Rock Café in New York.

Among the individuals with multiple noms are Douglas Aibel, Henry Russell Bergstein, Nina Gold, Meagan Lewis, Natalie Lyon, Francine Maisler, Adam Richards, Carolyn Pickman, Kevin Reher, Paul Schnee, Bernard Telsey and Fiona Weir.

As previously announced, Telsey will be given the Hoyt Bowers Award, and the evening will also honor director Danny Boyle (“Steve Jobs”) with the career achievement award; and writing-producing duo Michelle and Robert King (“The Good Wife”) with the New York Apple Award.

To be eligible, films had to have been released theatrically in 2015.

Here are all the feature film nominees:

Big Budget – Comedy

The Big Short” Francine Maisler, Meagan Lewis (Location Casting)
“The Intern” Bernard Telsey, Laray Mayfield, Tiffany Little Canfield, David Vaccari (Associate)
“Joy” Mary Vernieu, Lindsay Graham, Angela Peri (Location Casting)
“Sisters” Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee, Joey Montenarello (Associate), Adam Richards (Associate)
“Tomorrowland” April Webster, Alyssa Weisberg, Corinne Clark (Location Casting), Jennifer Page (Location Casting)

Big Budget – Drama

“Bridge of Spies” Ellen Lewis, Kate Sprance (Associate)
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Ronna Kress, Nikki Barrett
“Spotlight” Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee, John Buchan (Location Casting), Jason Knight (Location Casting), Carolyn Pickman (Location Casting), Joey Montenarello (Associate), Adam Richards (Associate)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Nina Gold, April Webster, Alyssa Weisberg,
 Jessica Sherman (Associate)
“Straight Outta Compton” Cindy Tolan, Victoria Thomas, Meagan Lewis
 (Location Casting), Beth Sepko (Location Casting), Carolyn Pickman (Location Casting), Lucinda Syson (Location Casting), Pat Moran (Location Casting)

Studio or Independent – Comedy

“Infinitely Polar Bear” Douglas Aibel, Carolyn Pickman (Location Casting), Henry Russell Bergstein (Associate)
“Me & Earl and the Dying Girl” Angela Demo, Nancy Mosser (Location Casting), Katie Shenot (Location Casting)
“Ricki and the Flash” Bernard Telsey, Tiffany Little Canfield, Conrad Woolfe (Associate)
“Sleeping With Other People” Jennifer Euston, Emer O’Callaghan
“While We’re Young” Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler, Henry Russell Bergstein (Associate)

Studio or Independent – Drama

“Brooklyn” Fiona Weir, Lucie Robitaille (Location Casting), Jim Carnahan (Location Casting),
“Carol” Laura Rosenthal, Maribeth Fox (Associate), Jodi Angstreich (Associate)
“The Danish Girl” Nina Gold
“Room” Fiona Weir, Robin D. Cook, Jonathan Oliveira (Associate)
“Trumbo” David Rubin, Meagan Lewis (Location Casting), Melissa Pryor (Associate)

Low Budget – Comedy

“Big Stone Gap” Henry Russell Bergstein, Stephanie Holbrook, Erica Arvold, Anne Chapman
“Dope” Kim Coleman
“Grandma” Douglas Aibel, Henry Russell Bergstein
“The Mend” Francine Maisler, Meagan Lewis (Location Casting)
“Mistress America” Douglas Aibel, Henry Russell Bergstein (Associate)

Low Budget – Drama

“It Follows” Mark Bennett
“James White” Susan Shopmaker
“Meadowland” Richard Hicks
“Sisterhood of Night” Laura Rosenthal, Maribeth Fox, Jodi Angstreich
“The Stanford Prison Experiment” Angela Demo

Animation

“The Good Dinosaur” Kevin Reher, Natalie Lyon
“Inside Out” Kevin Reher, Natalie Lyon
“Legend of the Neverbeast” Jason Henkel
“Pixies” Brad Gilmore

The Casting Society of America was founded in February 1982 to establish a standard of professionalism in the casting field, and to provide members with a support organization to further their goals and protect common interests. CSA boasts more than 600 members. CSA casting directors and associates work around the world, with members based in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.

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