Familiar names top annual casting nods


"No Country for Old Men" and "Juno," two of the most honored films of 2007, made one more appearance on the awards circuit Monday as they took home top prizes at the Casting Society of America's 24th Artios Awards.

Recognizing outstanding achievement in casting, the awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, singled out Oscar winner "No Country" in the studio feature-drama category, with the trophy going to Ellen Chenoweth and Jo Edna Boldin (location casting). In the studio feature-comedy category, the winners were Mindy Marin, Coreen Mayres (location) and Heike Brandstatter (location) for "Juno."

The group gave its career achievement award to producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Thomas Schumacher received the New York Apple Award at a simultaneous event in New York hosted by Julie Halston, and the Hoyt Bowers Award was presented to the late Mali Finn.

Donna Morong and Carolyn Pickman (location) took the prize for "Gone Baby Gone" in the indie feature, drama/comedy category. The winner for low-budget feature was Jason L. Wood for "Park."

The winning TV drama series was FX's "Damages," with the prize going to Julie Tucker. ABC's "Pushing Daisies" earned the honors in the TV comedy series category for Meg Liberman, Cami Patton and Jennifer Lare.

The other winners:

TV pilot, drama: Beth Bowling, Kim Miscia, "Mad Men"; TV pilot, comedy, Liberman, Patton, "Pushing Daisies"; TV movie: David Rubin, Richard Hicks and Lori S. Wyman (location), Kathleen Chopin (location), "Recount"; and miniseries, Chopin, "John Adams."

Children's series: Carol Goldwasser, Howard Meltzer, "Hannah Montana"; TV animation: Gillian O'Neill, "Rick & Steve, The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World"; and daytime: Judy Blye Wilson, "All My Children."

Broadway drama: Bernard Telsey, Will Cantler, "The Homecoming"; Broadway comedy: Jim Carnahan, "Boeing-Boeing"; Broadway musical: Telsey, Bethany Knox, "In the Heights"; off-Broadway: James Calleri, "The Seagull"; L.A. theater: Erika Sellin, "The History Boys"; and regional theater: Cantler, Telsey, "33 Variations." (partialdiff)