Roundtable: Why Do These Casting Directors Get No Respect?

Five women who put the stars in a slew of this year's hot awards-season projects open up about actors' auditions and why Oscar won't acknowledge them.

DICERTO: (To Taylor) You were a great role model because you were always there for your kids. I try to shut off at a certain point, too -- but I still find myself emailing agents at 11 p.m. after the kids go to bed.

TAYLOR: I get emails from you at 2 a.m. (Laughter.) I remember once getting up the nerve to tell an important director he couldn't call me after 9 p.m.

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EUSTON: But it's so hard with the Internet and cellphones. I remember when you left the office …

LEWIS: You stopped working.

EUSTON: Now they call me at 7 a.m. and midnight.

LEWIS: But that's where you set boundaries.

TAYLOR: Otherwise you're on call 24 hours a day!

EUSTON: I feel like a doctor. "OK, we got this emergency. What do we do?" It's crazy.

What would Marion think about you all being here today?

TAYLOR: I do wish she were here.


TAYLOR: She really wanted casting directors to be appreciated, and fought so hard for it. She would have loved every minute of this.

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