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Star Wars, Spotlight, Mad Max nominated by Casting Society of America

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Jasin Boland

The Casting Society of America unveiled its film nominees for the annual Artios Awards, recognizing everything from big-budget awards contenders like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Mad Max: Fury Road to smaller indies like It Follows and Dope.

The CSA awards films in several categories and makes a point to distinguish between Big Budget, Low Budget, and Studio or Independent productions. In the Big Budget Drama category, Star Wars and Mad Max were joined by Spotlight, Bridge of Spies, and Straight Outta Compton. The Studio or Independent Drama category was packed with Oscar contenders: Brooklyn, Carol, The Danish Girl, Room, and Trumbo

Final ballots for the awards have been distributed to CSA members, and voting will continue through Jan. 8. The winners for film, television, theater, short film, and new media will all be announced at the 31st annual Artios on Jan. 21.

Director Danny Boyle will also receive the Career Achievement Award, and writers Michelle and Robert King (The Good Wife) will be given the New York Apple Award. Casting director Bernard Telsey, who earned two Artios nominations for The Intern and Ricki and the Flash, will also be honored with the Hoyt Bowers Award.

Last year’s Artios Awards — which included films from an expanded eligibility period due to a date shift — honored Boyhood, 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Dallas Buyers Club, among others. 

See the full list of nominations below.

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), Judith Sunga (Associate)

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 — Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee, Allison Estrin

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