Sunday, November 30, 2008

NM Casting Director wins Artios Award

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From the Albuquerque Journal:
It's Not an Oscar, But Casting Director Will Happily Take It
Written by Dan Mayfield
Sunday, 30 November 2008 07:29

She may not have won an Oscar yet, but she's getting closer.

Jo Edna Boldin, a casting director who lives in Taos, has won the Artios Award — the biggest award in casting — from the Casting Society of America for her work on the Cohen brothers' film "No Country for Old Men."

"It’s as close to an Oscar as I can get," Boldin said.

The annual award is voted on by casting director' peers. Boldin shared the award for Studio Feature — Drama with Ellen Chenoweth, who cast the major roles.

But Boldin said the award is due to the nature of the project as much as anything.

"This was a project I could relate to, and, growing up in Texas, I knew what they were looking for," she said. "We see a lot of people and, I don’t know, I had an eye for this.

"I know the Cohen brothers like deadpan. Every time someone would do an audition, I would say,'‘Let’s do it again, and do less,' " she said.

Boldin has been nominated for the award several times, as well as an Emmy, but this is her first major win.

Though she’s been casting for 25 years, Boldin stumbled into the business in the 1980s.

"I used to be an actor in L.A., and I took some classes from some commercial casting directors," she said. She learned to cast commercials and smaller projects and took a job at a casting agency while auditioning for gigs herself.

She started her own company in Texas, but, after the movie "The Lazarus Man" with Robert Urich brought her to New Mexico, she fell in love with the state.

"It’s great. We’re staying busy all the time," she said.

Boldin recently cast "Terminator Salvation," "3:10 to Yuma," "Spy Kids," "In The Valley of Elah" and "Swing Vote" and has started working on "Men Who Stare at Goats."

In "No Country for Old Men," Bowdin cast mostly the day-player actors, who happened to be locals. Let's just say that nearly everybody who died in the film auditioned with Bowdin.

Marc Miles (who was killed in a hotel) and Luce Rains (who was offed in a truck) and Dorsey Ray (who doesn't actually die in the movie), were all cast by her...

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