The Emmy Awards are Hollywood’s only major awards show that recognizes the art of casting with a statue—and four of them at that. (This year’s casting honors went to comedy “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” drama “The Crown,” limited series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” and reality show “Queer Eye.”) We watch and follow along as actors in anything from leading to guest roles take home trophies, and on television’s most important night, the casting directors who put them in those roles have a chance at one of their own.
Even the casual TV watcher might be able to devise a brilliant performance, and likewise understand how an actor comes to deserve an Emmy. The way a casting director does, though, proves a little more perplexing. As the profile of casting rises and more people become familiar with casting directors’ contribution to TV, film, theater, and more, it’s still not easy to extract what makes an award-worthy casting job—as opposed to what makes simply a notable performance.
To help answer that question, Peter Golden and Howard Meltzer, the two governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ casting peer
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