Does "Star Wars" Have the Best Cast? It's Among the Nominees of Casting Society of America's Artios Awards! See Full Nomination List! 

The Casting Society of America has announced the nominees of its 31st annual Artios Awards. J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is among the nominees in its Big Budget Drama category. And why not? The film cast the fantastic unknowns Daisy Ridley and John Boyega along with franchise veterans Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill. All to stellar effect mind you!

According to its site, "Artios" from the ancient Greek, meaning "perfectly fitted." So how fitting! Here's more info on the Artios Awards:

In October of 1985 the Casting Society of America presented the first-ever Artios Awards for Excellence in Casting at an awards luncheon. Held in the Crystal Room of the Beverly Hills Hotel, the event was attended by more than 500 industry leaders and seven CSA members were honored for their work in four different casting categories. In 1988, the first Artios Award for theatre casting was presented at a ceremony in New York. Today simultaneous events are held annually in Los Angeles and New York, and members are honored in over twenty different casting categories, for work in Film, Television and Theatre. The criteria are originality, creativity and the contribution of casting to the overall quality of a project. Nominees and winners are voted on by members in good standing of the Casting Society of America.

The Artios is awarded to those CSA members who receive primary screen (or program) credit for casting on the winning project. Location Casting Directors, Casting Executives and Department Heads who are CSA members and who receive credit on winning projects also receive an Artios Award. CSA Associates on those projects are recognized in the press and with a certificate.

Here are the nominees of the 31st annual Artios Awards! Winners will be announced January 21:


“The Big Short” Francine Maisler, Meagan Lewis (Location Casting)
“The Intern” Bernard Telsey, Laray Mayfield, Tiffany Little Canfield, David Vaccari (Associate)
“Joy” Mary Vernieu, Lindsay Graham, Angela Peri (Location Casting)
“Sisters” Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee, Joey Montenarello (Associate), Adam Richards (Associate)
“Tomorrowland” April Webster, Alyssa Weisberg, Corinne Clark (Location Casting), Jennifer Page (Location Casting)


“Bridge of Spies” Ellen Lewis, Kate Sprance (Associate)
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Ronna Kress, Nikki Barrett
“Spotlight” Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee, John Buchan (Location Casting), Jason Knight (Location Casting), Carolyn Pickman (Location Casting), Joey Montenarello (Associate), Adam Richards (Associate)
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Nina Gold, April Webster, Alyssa Weisberg,Jessica Sherman (Associate)
“Straight Outta Compton” Cindy Tolan, Victoria Thomas, Meagan Lewis(Location Casting), Beth Sepko (Location Casting), Carolyn Pickman (Location Casting), Lucinda Syson (Location Casting), Pat Moran (Location Casting)


“Infinitely Polar Bear” Douglas Aibel, Carolyn Pickman (Location Casting), Henry Russell Bergstein (Associate)
“Me & Earl and the Dying Girl” Angela Demo, Nancy Mosser (Location Casting), Katie Shenot (Location Casting)
“Ricki and the Flash” Bernard Telsey, Tiffany Little Canfield, Conrad Woolfe (Associate)
“Sleeping With Other People” Jennifer Euston, Emer O’Callaghan
“While We’re Young” Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler, Henry Russell Bergstein (Associate)


“Brooklyn” Fiona Weir, Lucie Robitaille (Location Casting), Jim Carnahan (Location Casting),
“Carol” Laura Rosenthal, Maribeth Fox (Associate), Jodi Angstreich (Associate)
“The Danish Girl” Nina Gold
“Room” Fiona Weir, Robin D. Cook, Jonathan Oliveira (Associate)
“Trumbo” David Rubin, Meagan Lewis (Location Casting), Melissa Pryor (Associate)


“Big Stone Gap” Henry Russell Bergstein, Stephanie Holbrook, Erica Arvold, Anne Chapman
“Dope” Kim Coleman
“Grandma” Douglas Aibel, Henry Russell Bergstein
“The Mend” Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee and Allison Estrin
“Mistress America” Douglas Aibel, Henry Russell Bergstein (Associate)


“It Follows” Mark Bennett
“James White” Susan Shopmaker
“Meadowland” Richard Hicks
“Sisterhood of Night” Laura Rosenthal, Maribeth Fox, Jodi Angstreich
“The Stanford Prison Experiment” Angela Demo


“The Good Dinosaur” Kevin Reher, Natalie Lyon
“Inside Out” Kevin Reher, Natalie Lyon
“Legend of the Neverbeast” Jason Henkel
“Pixels” Brad Gilmore

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"Star Wars," "Ant-Man" Among ACE Eddie Awards Nominees! See Full List! 

The American Cinema Editors has announced the nominees of their 66th Annual ACE Eddie Awards and J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is one of the contenders in the Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) category while Peyton Reed's "Ant-Man" is a nominee in the Comedy category.

Writer/director Nancy Meyers ("The Intern," "It's Complicated," "Something's Gotta Give") will receive the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmakers of the Year Award. Winners will be announced during a January 29 gala at the Beverly Hilton.

Here's the complete list of the nominees of the 66th ACE Eddie Awards:

Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic):

Mad Max: Fury Road -- Margaret Sixel
The Martian -- Pietro Scalia (ACE)
The Revenant -- Stephen Mirrione (ACE)
Sicario -- Joe Walker (ACE)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- Maryann Brandon (ACE) and Mary Jo Markey (ACE)

Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy):

Ant-Man -- Dan Lebental (ACE) and Colby Parker, Jr. (ACE)
The Big Short -- Hank Corwin (ACE)
Joy -- Jay Cassidy (ACE), Alan Baumgarten (ACE), 
Christopher Tellefsen (ACE) and Tom Cross (ACE)
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl -- David Trachtenberg
Trainwreck --
William Kerr (ACE) and Paul Zucker

Best Edited Animated Feature Film:

Anomalisa -- Garret Elkins
Inside Out -- Kevin Nolting (ACE)
The Good Dinosaur -- Stephen Schaffer (ACE)

Best Edited Documentary (Feature):

Amy -- Chris King
Cobain: Montage of Heck -- Joe Beshenkovsky and Brett Morgen
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief -- Andy Grieve
He Named Me Malala -- Greg Finton (ACE), Brian Johnson and Brad Fuller
The Wrecking Crew -- Claire Scanlon

Best Edited Documentary (Television):

Keith Richards: Under the Influence -- Joshua L. Pearson
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst "Chapter 1"
 -- Richard Hankin (ACE), Zac Stuart-Pontier, Caitlyn Greene, Shelby Siegel
The Seventies: The United State vs. Nixon -- Chris A. Peterson (ACE)

Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television:

Inside Amy Schumer: "12 Angry Men"
 -- Nick Paley
Silicon Valley: "Two Days of the Condor" -- Brian Merken (ACE)
Veep: "Election Night" -- Gary Dollner

Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television:

Better Call Saul: "Five-O" -- Kelley Dixon (ACE)
Better Call Saul: “Uno” -- Skip Macdonald (ACE)
Fargo: “Did You Do This? No, You Did It!” -- Skip Macdonald (ACE) and Curtis Thurber
The Good Wife: “Restrain” -- Scott Vickrey (ACE)
Mad Men: “Person to Person” -- Tom Wilson

Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial Television:

Game of Thrones: "The Dance of Dragons" -- Katie Weiland
Game of Thrones: "Hardhome" -- Tim Porter
Homeland: “The Tradition of Hospitality” -- Harvey Rosenstock (ACE)
House of Cards: “Chapter 39” -- Lisa Bromwell (ACE)
The Knick: “Wonderful Surprises” -- Mary Ann Bernard

Best Edited Longform (Miniseries or Motion Picture) for Television:

Bessie -- Brian A. Kates (ACE)
Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors -- Maysie Hoy (ACE)
Orange Is the New Black: “Trust No Bitch” (90-minute episode) -- William Turro

Best Edited Non-Scripted Series:

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: “Bay Area” -- Hunter Gross (ACE)
Deadliest Catch: “Zero Hour” -- Josh Earl (ACE) and Ben Bulatao
Whale Wars: "The Darkest Hour" -- Eric Driscoll, Nik Jamgocyan, Chris Kirkpatrick, David Michael Maurer (ACE), Greg McDonald, Marcus Miller and Alexandria Scott

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Kristen Stewart Among National Society of Film Critics Winners! See Full List! 

The National Society of Film Critics has announced the winners of their annual awards and Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight" emerged as the Best Picture winner! In the acting categories, Michael B. Jordan won Best Actor for "Creed" while the Best Actress award went to Charlotte Rampling for "45 Years."

Mark Rylance for "Bridge of Spies" took home the Best Supporting Actor trophy while Kristen Stewart for "Clouds of Sils Maria" won the Best Supporting Actress award! Way to go Kristen!

The National Society of Film Critics dedicated their meeting to pick the winners to the "late Richard Corliss, longtime critic at TIME magazine, not just a writer of extraordinary intelligence, wit, and energy, but also a generous friend and colleague."

Here are the winners of the National Society of Film Critics awards (winners are bolded and includes the number of votes):


*1. Michael B. Jordan (Creed) 29 points

Geza Rohrig (Son of Saul) 18
Tom Courtenay (45 Years) 15


*1. Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) 57

Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) 30
Nina Hoss (Phoenix) 22


*1. Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) 56

Michael Shannon (99 Homes) 16
Sylvester Stallone (Creed) 14


*1. Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria) 53

Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) 23
Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs) 17
Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy) 17


*1. Spotlight (Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy) 21

Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman) 15
The Big Short (Charles Randolph and Adam McKay) 15


*1. Carol (Ed Lachman) 25

The Assassin (Mark Lee Ping-bin) 22
Mad Max: Fury Road (John Seale) 12


*1. Spotlight (Tom McCarthy) 23

Carol (Todd Haynes) 17
Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller) 13


*1.Todd Haynes (Carol) 21

Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) 21 (because he was on fewer ballots; a winner must be on a majority of ballots)
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) 20


*1. Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako) 22

Phoenix (Christian Petzold) 20
The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien) 16


*1. Amy (Asif Kapadia) 23

In Jackson Heights (Frederick Wiseman) 18
Seymour: An Introduction (Ethan Hawke) 15


Film Society of Lincoln Center and the programmers Jake Perlin and Michelle Materre, for the series Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968-1986

The Criterion Collection and L’Immagine Ritrovata for the restoration and packaging of the reconstructed version of The Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray

Association Chaplin for supervising the digital restoration of Charlie Chaplin’s Essanay Films

SPECIAL CITATION for a film awaiting American distribution:
One Floor Below, a Romanian film directed by Radu Muntean.

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"Carol" Leads EDA Awards Nominations by Alliance of Women Film Journalists! 

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the nominees for their 2015 EDA Awards recognizing the amazing work done by and about women -- both in front and behind the camera. According to their site, "the EDAs are named in honor of AWFJ founder Jennifer Merin’s mother, Eda Reiss Merin, a stage, film and television actress whose career spanned more than 60 years. A dedicated foot soldier in the industry, Eda was one of the founders of AFTRA and a long-standing Member of AMPAS."

Todd Haynes' "Carol" led the pack with nine nominations, followed by "Mad Max: Fury Road" with six, "Room" and "Spotlight" with five each, and "The Martian" with four.

I wish I can vote for the EDA Awards because their Special Mention Awards are just too darn fun with categories like "Best Nudity," and "Actress Most In Need of a New Agent!"

Winners of the 2015 EDA Awards will be announced on January 12.

And the nominees are:

Best Film
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian

Best Director

Lenny Abramson – Room
Todd Haynes – Carol
Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu – The Revenant
Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
George Miller – Mad Max Fury Road
Ridley Scott – The Martian

Best Screenplay, Original

Ex Machina – Alex Garland
Inside Out – Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley
Spotlight – Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy

Best Screenplay, Adapted

The Big Short – Charles Randolph, Adam McKay
Carol – Phyllis Nagy
The Martian – Drew Goddard
Room – Emma Donoghue

Best Documentary

Amy – Asif Kapadia
Best of Enemies – Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville
Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief – Alex Gibney
The Hunting Ground – Kirby Dick
What Happened, Ms. Simone? – Liz Garbus

Best Animated Film

Inside Out
Shaun The Sheep

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett – Carol
Brie Larson – Room
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Rooney Mara – Carol
Kristin Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria
Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
Kate Winslett – Steve Jobs

Best Actor
Matt Damon – The Martian
Leonardo Di Caprio – The Revenant
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Paul Dano – Love & Mercy
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone – Creed

Best Ensemble Cast

The Big Short
Straight Outta Compton

Best Editing

The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road – Margaret Sixel
Spotlight – Tom McArdle

Best Cinematography
Carol – Edward Lachman
Mad Max: Fury Road – John Seale
The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki

Best Film Music Or Score

Carol – Carter Burwell
The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone
Mad Max: Fury Road – Junkie XL
Youth – David Lang

Best Non-English-Language Film
Mustang – Deniz Gamze Eguven
Phoenix – Christian Petzold
Son of Saul – Lazlo Nemes

These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director

Isabel Coixet – Learning to Drive
Maya Forbes – Infinitely Polar Bear
Sarah Gavron – Suffragette
Marielle Heller – Diary of a Teenage Girl
Celine Sciamma – Girlhood

Best Woman Screenwriter

Emma Donoghue – Room
Marielle Heller – Diary of a Teenage Girl
Phyllis Nagy – Carol
Amy Schumer – Trainwreck

Best Female Action Star

Emily Blunt – Sicario
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games Mocking Jay 2
Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Charleze Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Breakthrough Performance

Brie Larson – Room
Bel Powley – Diary of a Teenage Girl
Daily Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Alica Vikander – Ex Machina, Testament of Youth, The Danish Girl

Female Icon of the Year Award (a woman whose work in film and/or in life made a difference)

Chantal Ackerman – In Memoriam For being a great filmmaker and sinpiration.
Maria Geise – Activist filmmaker who is spearheading the movement for parity for women directors.
Donna Langley – Chair(wo)man, Universal Pictures, who has brought the studio to unprecedented profits.
Jennifer Lawrence – For breaking the silence about discriminatory practices and unequal pay for actresses.
Charlotte Rampling – Because she’s Charlotte Rampling and is iconic.


Best Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction
Diary of a Teenage Girl

Actress Defying Age and Ageism

Helen Mirren
Charlotte Rampling
Lily Tomlin

Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Lead and The Love Interest Award

Danny Collins – Al Pacino and Katarina Cas
Freeheld – Julianne Moore and Ellen Page
Irrational Man – Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone
Spectre – Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent

Bryce Dallas Howard – Jurassic World
Dakota Johnson – 50 Shades of Gray
Emma Stone – Aloha

Movie You Wanted To Love, But Just Couldn’t
The Danish Girl
The Hateful Eight

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