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Casting Society of America Announces 2011 Artios Award Winners

Bi-Coastal Awards Ceremonies Honor 27th Annual Award Recipients

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Casting Society of America Announces 2011 Artios Award Winners

Cast by Mark Saksis, "The Good Wife" was awarded the 2011 Artios award for Television Series Drama award by The Casting Society of America.

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Updated September 30, 2011

The work of the casting director is at its most seamless when it appears most effortless -- when a show or project has been so perfectly cast it feels like fate. Ironically, the casting director's work is often at its best when it is most invisible.

It's therefore nice to see casting professionals get some love from their peers, who understand better than anyone the challenges they face. The Casting Society of America has announced winners of its 27th Annual Artios Awards. The bi-coastal award ceremonies were held in Los Angeles at The Beverly Hilton Hotel and at the District 36 in New York.

Presented annually to honor outstanding achievements in casting, The Artios Awards are given on the criteria of originality, creativity and contribution of casting to the overall quality of a project. The term "Artios" is from the ancient Greek word meaning "perfectly fitted."

Each year, in addition to the awards presented to casting directors for their achievements in Theatre, Television, and Film casting, the Casting Society of America also recognizes industry notables with the New York Apple Award (given by the casting community in recognition of an individual who has made a special commitment to the New York entertainment industry through their collaboration with casting directors), a Career Achievement Award (recognizing the recipient's contribution to the industry as a whole, and their inclusion of the casting director in the overall creative process), and the Hoyt Bowers Award (for outstanding contribution to the casting profession; Hoyt Bowers was a brilliant casting director and a supportive mentor who created an atmosphere in which creativity could flourish). This year's honorees were: in New York, Academy Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg will take home the New York Apple Award; and in Los Angeles, Dick Wolf will receive the Career Achievement Award, and Meg Liberman, the Hoyt Bowers Award.

This year's 2011 Artios Award Recipients included:

Big Budget Feature - Drama

The Social Network, Laray Mayfield

Big Budget Feature - Comedy

Red, Deborah Aquila, Mary Tricia Wood, Craig Fincannon (Location Casting), Lisa Mae Fincannon (Location Casting), Robin D. Cook (Location Casting)

Feature - Studio or Independent -- Drama

The King's Speech, Nina Gold

Feature - Studio or Independent -- Comedy

The Kids Are All Right, Laura Rosenthal, Liz Dean (Los Angeles Casting)

Low Budget Feature - Drama/Comedy

Winter's Bone, Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee *

Animation Feature

Toy Story 3, Kevin Reher, Natalie Lyon

Daytime Drama Series

"General Hospital," Mark Teschner

Television Pilot Drama

"Boardwalk Empire," Ellen Lewis

Television Pilot Comedy

"Raising Hope," Dava Waite Peaslee

Television Series Drama

"The Good Wife," Mark Saks

Television Series Comedy

"Modern Family," Jeff Greenberg

Television Movie / Mini Series

"Mildred Pierce," Laura Rosenthal

Children's Series

"The Suite Life on Deck," Dana Gergely, Brandi Brice

Television Animation

"Spongebob Squarepants," Sarah Noonan *

Short Film

Ollie Klublershturf vs. The Nazis, Alyssa Weisberg

New York Broadway Theatre - Drama

The Normal Heart, Bernard Telsey, Will Cantler

New York Broadway Theatre - Comedy

Good People, David Caparelliotis

New York Broadway Theatre - Musical

The Book of Mormon, Carrie Gardner

New York Theatre -- Comedy/Musical

Trust, Mele Nagler

New York Theatre -- Drama

Three Sisters, James Calleri

Regional Theatre East

Follies, Laura Stanczyk

Regional Theatre West

August: Osage County, Samantha Barrie

Leap of Faith, Bernard Telsey, Justin Huff

Los Angeles Theatre

Much Ado About Nothing, Michael Donovan


Career Achievement Award

Dick Wolf

Hoyt Bowers Award

Meg Liberman

The New York Apple Award

Whoopi Goldberg

* Note: Shared Credit with Non-CSA Casting Director(s)

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