The casting directors of Broadway’s “The Book of Mormon” and “The Normal Heart” were among the honorees at the Casting Society of America’s 27th annual Artios Awards, which were presented Sept. 26 at District 36 in New York City and the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
“In a business that can often forget or ignore who actually gets things done and how, you guys have this night to always keep focused on the value of what you do,” host Nicole Sullivan told the nominees at the ceremony in Los Angeles. “Good casting is integral to having success in TV, film, and theater, and we are here to honor that.”
The term “Artios” is from the ancient Greek word meaning “perfectly fitted,” and the awards are presented for outstanding casting in theater, film, and television, based on originality, creativity, and the contribution of casting to the overall quality of the project.
“Casting directors are the unsung heroes of our business,” actor Michael Urie, who hosted the event in New York, told me before the ceremony. “They spend so much time and energy and work introducing artists to each other, and then they send them off into the world. They don’t get a lot of recognition, so I think it’s very cool that there’s a night for them, and I’m honored to be here. And I hope to get a job out of it.”