The 36th Annual Artios Awards were held April 15 via a virtual ceremony, and while the set-up may have been new, the purpose behind the show remained the same. “Tonight’s Artios Awards ceremony once again celebrated the enormous contributions that our members bring to a global entertainment community,” stated Casting Society of America (CSA) co-presidents Russell Boast and Rich Mento. The awards show was first held in 1985, and CSA members in good standing vote to determine the nominees and winners, meaning that those recognized receive the honor from their peers. Here at Casting Networks®, we love to celebrate excellence in casting, and we’ve assembled a roundup of some of the standout wins in various categories at this year’s Artios Awards. 

The Trial of the Chicago 7 for Big Budget – Drama 

Aaron Sorkin’s courtroom drama is based on real events and boasts an all-star cast that includes names like Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Carroll Lynch, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Alex Sharp and Jeremy Strong. The film’s impressive roster of talent is matched by the sizable casting team that made it happen, helmed by Francine Maisler. Mia Cusumano, Jennifer Rudnicke and Mickie Pascal also won for their location casting work, as well as associates Kathy Driscoll-Mohler, Molly Rose and AJ Links. And thanks to the casting of Baron Cohen as counterculture activist Abbie Hoffman, the actor is also up for a win at this year’s Academy Awards in the category of Best Supporting Actor. 

One Night in Miami for Studio or Independent – Drama 

Regina King’s feature directorial debut imagines what took place during a meeting on one historic night in 1964 between icons Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown. Finding actors who resembled the historical figures and who were also up to the task of portraying them was no small feat. Kimberly Hardin won the award for casting One Night in Miami, along with Tracy Kilpatrick for her location casting work. We caught up with Hardin earlier this year, and you can find here what she shared about the casting process. Additionally, her casting of Leslie Odom Jr. as Cooke may result in the Hamilton actor’s first-ever Oscar win, since he’s also up for Best Supporting Actor. 

Minari for Low Budget – Comedy or Drama

Lee Isaac Chung wrote and directed the feature about a Korean-American family that is uprooted to Arkansas, which was inspired by his own story. Julia Kim won the award for casting Minari, along with Chris Freihofer for his location casting work. Cast members Steven Yeun and Yuh-Jung Youn are also amongst this year’s Oscar nominees for their respective performances as the family’s father, Jacob, and grandmother, Soonja. Those interested in learning more about the person behind the Minari cast can check out our 2019 interview with Kim for an in-depth look at her casting journey.

Big Mouth for Television Animation

Netflix’s synopsis of its series details how “teenage friends find their lives upended by the wonders and horrors of puberty in this edgy comedy from real-life pals Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg.” Julie Ashton won for casting Big Mouth, beating out Bob’s Burgers and Central Park, two other shows she cast that were nominated in the same category. The casting director was heavily nominated for this year’s Artios Awards, having received an additional nod in the category of Children’s Pilot and Series (Live Action) for High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.

SIX for Regional Theatre – Musical 

According to the show’s official Broadway site, the original musical from Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss follows the six wives of Henry VIII as they “take the mic to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st-century girl power!” Tara Rubin and Peter Van Dam won for casting the show’s run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Rubin was also honored alongside Robi Reed with The Hoyt Bowers Award, which marked the first time two casting directors have received the accolade in the same year.

 This year’s Artios Awards also gave posthumous recognition to industry icons Lynn Stalmaster and Mike Fenton, who respectively passed away earlier this year and at the end of 2020, leaving behind incredibly impactful legacies. And in his 2016 acceptance speech for an honorary Academy Award, Stalmaster recognized the casting directors who came after him. “Casting is alive and well in the new millennium,” asserted Stalmaster. “I so admire the achievements of today’s casting directors, and I’m so impressed with their creative contributions.” For a full list of this year’s winners at the Artios Awards in each category, see below. 




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

Big Budget – Comedy

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Nancy Bishop

Big Budget – Drama

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 Forty-Year-Old Version – Jessica Daniels

Studio or Independent – Drama

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

Low Budget – Comedy or Drama

Minari – Julia Kim, Chris Freihofer (Location Casting) 

Micro-Budget – Comedy or Drama

The SurrogateErica A. Hart



Television Pilot and First Season – Comedy

The Great – Rose Wicksteed

Television Pilot and First Season – Drama

Euphoria Mary Vernieu, Jessica Kelly, Jennifer Venditti, Bret Howe (Associate)

Television Series – Comedy 

What We Do in the Shadows Gayle Keller, Jenny Lewis (Location Casting), Sara Kay (Location Casting), Emer O’Callaghan (Associate)

Television Series – Drama

Succession – Avy Kaufman

Limited Series

Normal People Louise Kiely 

Film, Non-Theatrical Release

Bad Education – Ellen Lewis, Kate Sprance

Live Television Performance, Variety or Sketch Comedy

A Black Lady Sketch Show – Victoria Thomas 

Children’s Pilot and Series (Live Action)

The Baby-Sitters Club Amber Horn, Danielle Aufiero, Tiffany Mak (Location Casting)

Television Animation

Big Mouth Julie Ashton

 Reality Series

Queer Eye – Danielle Gervais, Beyhan Oguz, Pamela Vallarelli, Ally Capriotti Grant (Location Casting)

Short Film

Netuser – Stephanie Klapper

Short Form Series

#Freerayshawn – Jessica Kelly, Mary Vernieu, Brent Caballero (Location Casting)


New York Broadway Theatre – Play

Slave Play – Taylor Williams

New York Broadway Theatre – Musical

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical – Patrick Goodwin, Bernard Telsey, Lauren Harris (Associate)

New York Broadway Theatre – Revival, Play

A Soldier’s Play – Jim Carnahan

New York Theatre – Play

All the Natalie Portmans – Will Cantler, Destiny Lilly

New York Theatre – Musical 

Little Shop of Horrors – Jim Carnahan

Regional Theatre – Play

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Jim Carnahan, Alexandre Bleau 

Regional Theatre – Musical

SIX – Tara Rubin, Peter Van Dam

Los Angeles Theatre

Little Shop of Horrors – Ryan Bernard Tymensky

Special Theatrical Performance

Pride Plays – James Calleri, Erica Jensen, Paul Davis 

Theatre Tours

The Band’s Visit – Tara Rubin, Peter Van Dam


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