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2020 Casting Guild of Australia Awards

The Casting Guild of Australia has announced the nominees in all categories for its annual CGA Awards. The only casting awards ceremony in the southern hemisphere that celebrates and recognises casting across all mediums including film, television, advertising and theatre and online content, the winners will be announced at the virtual ceremony via Facebook on Saturday 28 November.

Hosted by Bert and Amanda LaBonté, the Awards seek to acknowledge and support the critical role casting directors play in bringing together great casting opportunities both on a national and international stage.

CGA President David Newman said: “In uniquely trying times, very brave producers have found ways to keep industry practitioners employed and engaged. Casting Directors have hugely appreciated all those efforts and been there every step of the way to support that process. The CGA nominations for 2020 represent that persistence and dedication to adapt. We’re immensely proud of the resilience of all the nominees and indeed all members and look forward to celebrating their achievements at our upcoming Awards.”

The full list of 2020 CGA Award nominees include:

Best Casting in A Feature Film

  • Babyteeth – Kirsty McGregor & Stevie Ray
  • Measure for Measure – Thea McLeod
  • Paper Champions – Mel Mackintosh
  • The True History of the Kelly Gang – Nikki Barrett

Best Casting in a TV Comedy

  • Black Comedy S4 – Anousha Zarkesh
  • How To Stay Married S2 – Nick Hamon
  • The Other Guy S2 – Kirsty McGregor & Gemma Brown
  • UPRIGHT – Nathan Lloyd


Best Casting in a TV Drama

  • Mystery Road S2 – Anousha Zarkesh
  • Neighbours – Thea McLeod
  • The Heights S2 – Annie Murtagh-Monks
  • Wentworth S8 – Nathan Lloyd


Best Casting in a TV Miniseries & Telemovie

  • Deadhouse Dark – Stephanie Pringle & Alison Fowler
  • Halifax: Retribution – Nathan Lloyd
  • Operation Buffalo – Anousha Zarkesh
  • The Secrets She Keeps – Amanda Mitchell


Best Casting in a Short Film

  • Blood Sisters – Stephanie Pringle & Alison Fowler
  • Giants – Stevie Ray
  • The End, The Beginning – Stephanie Pringle & Alison Fowler
  • The Mirror – Daniella Friedman


Achievement in Casting

  • 100% Wolf – Kirsty McGregor
  • Guy Sebastian ‘Standing With You’ – Daisy Hicks
  • Holy Holy ‘Maybe You Know’ – Mel Mackintosh
  • The InBESTigators S2 – Nathan Lloyd


Best Casting in a Theatre Production

  • Kiss of the Spider Woman – Janine Snape
  • No Pay? No Way! – Alex Souvlis
  • The Beauty Queen of Leenane – Alex Souvlis
  • Torch the Place – Janine Snape


Best Casting in a TVC – Community

  • ANZ #lovespeech – Natalie Jane Harvie
  • Commonwealth Bank ‘We can. Together’ – Stevie Ray
  • GlaxoSmithKline ‘Meningitis B’ – Antonia Murphy
  • LinkedIn ‘We’re in it together’ – Daniella Friedman
  • Tourism Australia ‘Matesong’ – Natalie Jane Harvie
  • Uber Connect ‘Mother’s Day’ – Natalie Jane Harvie

Best Casting in a TVC

  • Alcohol & Drug Foundation, ‘You haven’t been Drinking Alone’ – Sarah Alekna
  • Australia Post ‘Spread the Merry’ – Danny Long
  • Jeep ‘I’m in’ – Joseph Wijangco
  • Suncorp ‘Make Your House More Home’ – Natalie Jane Harvie
  • Department of Justice & Community Safety, Victoria ‘Victoria Fires’ – Megan D’Arcy
  • WorkSafe ‘Manslaughter’ – Amy Mete

The 2020 CGA Rising Stars will also be presented on the night with recipients announced soon.

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