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Posted: 12:14 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

'Mud' casting directors win prestigious award. Oscar premonition? 

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‘Mud’ serves as an entertaining allegory for adolescence
JIM BRIDGES
Matthew McConaughey, right, stars in Jeff Nichols’ “Mud,” with Tye Sheridan, left, and Jacob Lofland.

By Matthew Odam

Can you imagine a better actor to portray a charming ex-con with stars in his eyes and poetry in his heart than Matthew McConaughey? Or a better actor to play a fresh-faced teen confronted with the difficulties of marriage and the pain of first rejection than Tye Sheridan? And who could play a grizzled ol’ cuss and father figure better than Sam Shepard?

Casting was just one of the fantastic elements that helped make Austin filmmaker Jeff Nichols’ “Mud” such a great movie (and Oscar darkhorse).

The film’s casting directors, Francine Master and Diana Guthrie, were awarded for their work Monday night at the Casting Society of America’s 29th Artios Awards, handed out in ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. The ladies won in the Feature – Studio or Independent – Drama category and were the only winners representing movies that actually came out in 2013. Other winners included the casting directors for “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Argo” (both Oscar winners).

Complete list of winners:

Big Budget Feature – Comedy
“Silver Linings Playbook,” Mary Vernieu, Lindsay Graham, Diane Heery (Location Casting), Jason Loftus (Location Casting)

Big Budget Feature – Drama
“Argo,” Lora Kennedy

Feature – Studio or Independent  – Comedy
“Moonrise Kingdom,” Douglas Aibel, Henry Russell Bergstein (Associate)

Feature – Studio or Independent – Drama
“Mud,” Francine Maisler, Diana Guthrie (Location Casting)

Low Budget Feature – Comedy or Drama
“The Sessions,” Ronnie Yeskel

Animation Feature
“Wreck-It Ralph,” Jamie Sparer Roberts

Short Film
“The Learning Curve,” Kendra Patterson

Television Pilot Comedy
“The Mindy Project,” Felicia Fasano

Television Pilot Drama
“House of Cards,” Laray Mayfield

Television Series Comedy
“Girls,” Jennifer Euston

Television Series Drama
“Homeland,” Judy Henderson, Lisa Mae Fincannon (Location Casting), Craig Fincannon (Location Casting)

Television Movie or Mini Series
“Behind the Candelabra,” Carmen Cuba, Wittney Horton (Associate)

Daytime Drama Series
“The Young and the Restless,” Judy Blye Wilson

Children’s Series
“iCarly,” Krisha Bullock, Jennifer K.M. Treadwell (Associate)

Television Animation
“Family Guy,” Linda Lamontagne

New York Broadway Theatre – Comedy
“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” Daniel Swee

New York Broadway Theatre – Drama
“Golden Boy,” Daniel Swee

New York Broadway Theatre – Musical
“Kinky Boots,” Bernard Telsey, Justin Huff

New York Theatre – Comedy or Musical
“The Madrid,” David Caparelliotis

New York Theatre – Drama
“If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet,” Jim Carnahan

Regional Theatre East
“The Glass Menagerie,” Jim Carnahan, Stephen Kopel

Regional Theatre West
“Pygmalion,” David Caparelliotis

Los Angeles Theatre
“Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” Joanne DeNaut, Andy Crocker (Associate)

Special Theatrical Performance East
“Carousel,” Jay Binder, Jack Bowdan

Special Theatrical Performance West
“The Book of Mormon,” Carrie Gardner

HONORARY AWARDS

Career Achievement Award
Nina Tassler

Hoyt Bowers Awards
Linda Lowy

New York Apple Award
Michael J. Fox

Matthew Odam

About Matthew Odam

Matthew Odam is the restaurant critic and reporter at the Austin American-Statesman, where he also covers the local film scene and writes film criticism.

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