With the Artios Awards rapidly approaching, we wanted to take a look at the casting directors who are nominated this year for their work on feature films. We already covered the first list of nominees that the Casting Society of America (CSA) released, which included the areas of TV, short film, short form series and theater. You can find out what some of those nominated casting directors had to say about receiving the honor here.

But with the later-released list of this year’s film nominees comes a whole new slew of casting professionals being honored by their peers. That is, casting directors who are CSA members in good standing can vote to determine both the Artios nominees and winners. Per the CSA website, “the criteria are originality, creativity, and the contribution of casting to the overall quality of a project.” 

It’s already an accolade to be nominated for an awards show, in general, but to garner such recognition from one’s peers may add extra weight to getting the nod. We wanted to know how some of the casting directors nominated for their work in film felt about receiving such an honor. With the help of CSA, we heard from a number of casting directors nominated for their work in a variety of film categories. Keep reading to find out what some of this year’s Artios nominees had to say about the distinction and what it means to them. 


Julia Kim for receiving a nomination in the category of Low Budget – Comedy or Drama for Minari:

“I’m a big movie fan, and when I watch something, the casting director (CD) in me loves to imagine how the CD for that project found a particular actor or why they thought of someone so out of left field for that specific role. So to have the same people whose work I draw so much inspiration from recognize a film that I’m a part of is really quite a thrill. There are so many people responsible for Minari being the beautiful movie it is, but our producer, Christina Oh from Plan B, should really be celebrated for the way she steered the ship.” 


Kimberly Hardin for receiving a nomination in the category of Studio or Independent – Drama for One Night in Miami:

“I am so grateful for this honor. It was such a tremendous journey casting this historical story of those four iconic men. Working with Regina King, my dear friend for over 25 years, was a sheer delight. I want to thank the producers, Keith and Jess Calder, for always inviting me to their party of telling fabulous stories. And many thanks to Kemp Powers for writing a phenomenal story, which helps us do our job in casting.”

Christi Soper Hilt on receiving two nominations in the category of Animation for The Croods: A New Age and Trolls World Tour:

“I so appreciate the nominations for both of these fantastic movies. Thank you to everyone at DreamWorks and the filmmakers on both Trolls World Tour — Gina Shay, Walt Dohrn and Dave Smith – and The Croods A New Age — Mark Swift and Joel Crawford. Thanks to Nadia Sheen, my amazing associate, and to Leslee Feldman to whom I’m forever grateful. The true stars of both these movies are the actors who gave such amazing performances – thanks to all!”  


Kim Coleman on receiving a nomination in the category of Big Budget – Drama for Da 5 Bloods and a nomination in the category of Low Budget – Comedy or Drama for All Day and a Night

“It feels amazing to be acknowledged by your peers. I am so honored to be in the company of these great casting directors. I would like to give a big “shoutout” to my casting rock and associate casting director on Da 5 Bloods, Anna McCarthy, and to Ryan Maharaj, who worked tirelessly on All Day and a Night. I would also like to thank Nina Henninger, who did the local casting for All Day and a Night.”


Come April 15, you can find out which nominees will take home a win in their respective categories when the Artios Awards streams in its first-ever worldwide virtual ceremony. In the meantime, you can find a full list below of all the casting directors nominated this year for their work in film. Plus, we’ll leave you with an insight from one of our featured nominees. “When the pool is small, just keep digging deeper,” Kim shared in regard to the casting process for Minari. We’re grateful for all the casting directors who kept pushing to find just the right actors for their nominated projects. 



The Croods: A New Age – Christi Soper Hilt

Onward – Kevin Reher, Natalie Lyon, Kate Hansen-Birnbaum (Associate)

Soul – Kevin Reher, Natalie Lyon, Kate Hansen-Birnbaum (Associate)

Trolls World Tour – Christi Soper Hilt 

Big Budget – Comedy

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – Nancy Bishop

Enola Holmes – Jina Jay

The King of Staten Island – Gayle Keller, David Rubin, Allison Kirschner (Associate)

The Prom – Alexa L. Fogel, Kathryn Zamora-Benson (Associate), Alison Goodman (Associate)

On the Rocks – Courtney Bright, Nicole Daniels

Big Budget – Drama

Da 5  Bloods – Kim Coleman, Juliette Menager (Location Casting)

Hillbilly Elegy – Carmen Cuba, Tara Feldstein Bennett (Location Casting), Chase Paris (Location Casting), D. Lynn Meyers (Location Casting), Judith Sunga (Associate)

Judas and the Black Messiah – Alexa L. Fogel, Donna Belajac (Location Casting), Elizabeth Berra (Associate), Missy Finnell (Associate)

Mulan – Debra Zane, Poping Auyeung (Chinese Casting Consultant), Dylan Jury (Associate) 

The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Francine Maisler, Mia Cusumano (Location Casting) Jennifer Rudnicke (Location Casting), Mickie Pascal (Location Casting), Kathy Driscoll-Mohler (Associate), Molly Rose (Associate), AJ Links (Associate)

Studio or Independent – Comedy

The 40-Year-Old Version – Jessica Daniels

Ammonite – Fiona Weir

French Exit – Nicole Arbusto, Lucie Robitaille (Location Casting)

Happiest Season – Rich Delia, Donna Belajac (Location Casting), Adam Richards (Associate), Missy Finnell (Associate)

Let Them All Talk – Carmen Cuba

The Personal History of David Copperfield – Sarah Crowe


Studio or Independent – Drama

The Dig – Lucy Bevan

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Avy Kaufman, Nancy Mosser (Location Casting), Scotty Anderson (Associate)

The Mauritanian – Nina Gold, Christa Schamberger (Location Casting)

One Night in Miami – Kimberly Hardin, Tracy Kilpatrick (Location Casting)

Pieces of a Woman – Jessica Kelly

Promising Young Woman – Mary Vernieu, Lindsay Graham Ahanonu


Low Budget – Comedy Or Drama

All Day and a Night – Kim Coleman, Nina Henninger (Location Casting), Sarah Kliban (Associate) 

The Assistant – Avy Kaufman, Scotty Anderson (Associate) 

Herself – Louise Kiely 

Minari – Julia Kim, Chris Freihofer (Location Casting)

Sound of Metal – Susan Shopmaker, Angela Peri (Location Casting), Lisa Lobel (Location Casting), Emily Fleischer (Associate)


Micro Budget – Comedy or Drama

American Skin – Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd, Kelly Knox

Black Bear – Henry Russell Bergstein, Allison Estrin, Jenn Gaw

Inez & Doug & Kira – Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee, Roya Semnanian (Associate), Joey Montenarello (Associate)

International Falls – Matthew Lessall

Miss Juneteenth – Chelsea Ellis Bloch

The Surrogate – Erica Hart

The included interview segments have been edited for clarity. 

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