The Casting Society of America said Thursday that Geena Davis will receive the Lynn Stalmaster Award for Career Achievement and Audra McDonald will be honored with the Marion Dougherty New York Apple Award at the 35th annual Artios Awards, set for January 30, 2020.
The annual awards honoring casting directors in more than 20 categories across film, TV and theater will be bestowed at ceremonies in Los Angeles, New York City and London.
The Oscar-winning Davis, who founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, will receive the award at the CAS’ Los Angeles ceremony. It was Stalmaster who cast Davis in her first film Tootsie. McDonald, the Tony, Emmy and Grammy winner, will receive her honor which goes to “individuals who have made a special commitment to the New York entertainment industry through their collaboration with casting directors.”
“In a year that saw great strides in the casting community, it is fitting Casting Society of America recognizes some of the most impactful artists and craftspeople who advance and support the work we do every day,” CSA president Russell Boast said. “The 35th Artios Awards will continue the mission of putting a spotlight on the art of casting around the world, while underscoring the indelible contribution our members make to stage, film and screen.”
Additional honorees announced today: Deborah Aquila La La Land will receive The Hoyt Bowers Award for excellence in casting, honoring the recipient’s body of work and their outstanding contribution to the profession, and Andrew Femenalla will receive the Rosalie Joseph Humanitarian Award in recognition for his work Meals for Monologues program in New York as well as leading other Casting Society Cares volunteer initiatives.
Andy Pryor Stan & Ollie, Dr. Who will receive the Excellence in Casting Award at the London ceremony, where Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will be honored with the Artios Award for Creative Collaboration. Also in London, Pippa Markham, Kate Buckley and Gillian Hawser are receiving special recognition for creating the BAFTA Casting Awards for television and film.
Stacia Kimler and Kate Sprance will receive the society’s Associate Spotlight awards.
Nominations for the 35th Artios Awards will be announced January 2.
The Arkansas event, backed by Walmart and Coca-Cola, will be delayed to August.
Amid ongoing coronavirus concerns, Geena Davis' Bentonville Film Festival is the latest event to push back its dates this year.
The festival, held in Arkansas and backed by corporate sponsors that include Walmart and Coca-Cola, has been delayed from its original April 29 to May 2 date to later in summer, August 5 to 8.
“This decision comes after careful consideration and consultation with our partners. Our number one concern is the safety of our content creators and our community of attendees," said Geena Davis, co-founder and chair of the Bentonville Film Festival.
Davis added, "We are grateful for the support and recommendations we've received and look forward to welcoming everyone to the 6th edition of BFF this August."
According to the Arkansas Department of Health's status update, as of March 6, there hasn't been a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the state. However, in the U.S. there have been more than 239 cases and, worldwide, more than 100,000, according to a John Hopkins University research tracker.
The festival is one among many that are changing plans amid the spread of the virus globally. In Austin, the annual SXSW festival is continuing as planned on March 13 to 22 but there have been a slew of cancelations among tech and entertainment companies that normally are present.
In France, Cannes Film Festival May 12 to 23 has also not yet changed its dates, although television market MIPTV and TV festival March 30 to April 2 was canceled. On Friday, Cannes organizers stated that despite fears, "Accreditations continue at an intensive pace as we count so far an increase of 9%."
In Los Angeles, the TCM Classic Film Festival April 16 to 19 gave an update on March 5 saying that it is "closely monitoring this evolving situation" but planned to keep its current dates.
And CinemaCon, the gathering of Hollywood exhibitors at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, is also keeping its March 30 to April 2 dates but says it will add "enhanced health and sanitation measures."