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The casting directors behind movies like The Big Short, Straight Outta Compton, Room and Inside Out were featured among the winners at the Casting Society of America’s 31st annual Artios Awards, which were handed out at simultaneous ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles and The Hard Rock Café in New York City on Thursday night.
Accepting Compton's award in the category of big budget drama, Cindy Tolan noted, "Black lives matter, black cinema matters and casting matters."
At the Greg Grunberg-hosted Los Angeles ceremony, Sarah Paulson presented veteran casting director Bernard Telsey with the Hoyt Bowers award for his contributions to the casting profession. "I too will speak from fervor and the bottom of my heart if you actually cast me in something," Paulson joked in presenting the award to Telsey. He, in turn, said in his acceptance speech, "I can't wait for the day when I see a casting director walking down the aisle to accept an Oscar or Tony," lending his support to those who have argued there should also be awards for casting at the Oscars and Tonys.
Steve Jobs screenwriter Aaron Sorkin presented the film's director, Danny Boyle, with a career achievement award. "in 2014, I got to meet him. He was sent my screenplay for Steve Jobs and said I only read up to page 200, but if the second and third acts are as good as the first I'd like to direct it," Sorkin joked. He went on to say of Boyle, "He believes in what a great actor can do with text, with the right guidance, inspiration. He believes in the power of the heart in general and in films in particular and he is worthy of that power. He believes and then he works like a madman to make that belief a reality."
In New York, where Tituss Burgess served as host, Julianna Margulies presented The Good Wife creators Michelle and Robert King with the New York City Apple Award for their contributions to the New York entertainment scene.
In the theater categories, best play Tony-winner The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won in the category of N.Y. Broadway theater drama.
For the night's competitive awards, presenters included America Ferrera, William H. Macy and Finn Wittrock in Los Angeles, while Christian Slater, Jeff Daniels, Annaleigh Ashford and David Hyde Pierce presented in New York City.
The complete list of film, television and theater winners follows:
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