Artios Awards winners: Best casting prizes to ‘The Big Short,’ ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘Transparent,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ …

The casting branch of the academy is only two years old and doesn't have an Oscar category of its own. However, the Casting Society of America has been handing out the Artios Awards for 31 years and celebrated the best of its members with celebrations on both coasts Thursday. ("Artios" is from the ancient Greek meaning "perfectly fitted.") The prizes recognize achievements in the casting of various genres of film, televison and theater. (See full list of winners below.)

At this year's awardsfest  at the Beverly Hilton hosted by Greg Grunberg, casting director Bernard Tesley was honored with the Hoyt Bowers Award for his lifetime achievement and Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire") for career contributions. And at the Gotham ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe presided over by Tituss Burgess, "The Good Wife" star Julianna Margulies presented the show's creators Michelle and Robert King with the New York City Apple Award for their contributions to the community. 

The eligibility for the film awards was this calendar year while those for TV and theater ran from June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015. 

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FILM

Feature Film Big Budget Comedy: “The Big Short”
Francine Maisler, Meagan Lewis (Location Casting)

Feature Film Big Budget Drama: “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), Judith Sunga (Associate)

Feature Film Studio or Independent Comedy: “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”
Angela Demo, Nancy Mosser (Location Casting), Katie Shenot (Location Casting)

Feature Film Studio or Independent Drama:“Room”
Fiona Weir, Robin D. Cook, Kathleen Chopin (Location Casting), Jonathan Oliveira (Associate)

Feature Film Low Budget Comedy: “Dope”
Kim Coleman

Feature Film Low Budget Drama: “The Stanford Prison Experiment”
Angela Demo

Feature Film Animation: “Inside Out”
Kevin Reher, Natalie Lyon

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TELEVISION

Television Pilot Comedy: “Transparent”
Eyde Belasco

Television Pilot Drama: “Empire”
Leah Daniels-Butler, Claire Simon (Location Casting), Shelby Cherniet (Associate)

Television Series Comedy: “Transparent”
Eyde Belasco

Television Series Drama: “Game of Thrones”
Nina Gold

Television Movie or Mini Series: “Olive Kitteridge”
Laura Rosenthal, Carolyn Pickman (Location Casting), Maribeth Fox (Associate), Jodi Angstreich (Associate)

Children’s Pilot and Series (Live Action): “Girl Meets World”
Sally Stiner, Barbie Block, Brett Greenstein, Collin Daniel, Howard Meltzer, Sherie Hernandez (Associate)

Television Animation (Adult): “Bob’s Burgers"
Julie Ashton-Barson

Television Animation (Children): “Bubble Guppies”
Michelle Levitt, Gene Vassilaros, Shiondre Austin (Associate), Danielle Pretsfelder (Associate)

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THEATER

New York Broadway Theatre – Comedy: “You Can’t Take it With You”
Jim Carnahan, Jillian Cimini (Associate)

New York Broadway Theatre – Drama: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”
Daniel Swee, Cindy Tolan, Adam Caldwell (Associate)

New York Broadway Theatre – Musical: “The King and I”
Abbie Brady-Dalton

New York Theatre – Comedy: “A Month in the Country”
James Calleri, Paul Davis

New York Theatre – Drama: “Between Riverside and Crazy”
William Cantler, Karyn Casl (Associate)

New York Theatre – Musical: “Clinton The Musical”
Tara Rubin, Kaitlin Shaw

Regional Theatre East: “Carousel”
Jay Binder, Claire Simon (Location Casting), Becca McCracken (Associate)

Regional Theatre West: “Othello”
Tara Rubin

Los Angeles Theatre: “Spring Awakening”

Beth Lipari, Bruce H. Newberg

Special Theatrical Performance East: “Parade”
Craig Burns

Special Theatrical Performance West: “Unscreened Summer Series”
Meg Morman, Sunday Boling

Theatre Tours: “Matilda the Musical”
Jim Carnahan, Nora Brennan, Jillian Cimini

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Photos: "The Big Short" (Paramount); "Straight Outta Compton" (Universal)

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