Greek-American casting director and producer Valorie Massalas will receive an Honorary Orpheus Award at the Egyptian Theatre on Sunday, June 9, the top award given during the 13th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival.
Massalas’ numerous credits include such blockbuster films as Back to the Future 2 & 3 directed by Robert Zemeckis, the Indiana Jones films, and Total Recall, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone.
Massalas co-produced and cast the acclaimed “Gods and Monsters” which was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Ian McKellan for best actor, Lynn Redgrave for best supporting actress, and Bill Condon for best screenplay.
She won the Best Feature Film of the Year from Independent Spirit Awards. In “Chaplin,” Massalas cast Robert Downey, Jr. who received an Academy Award nomination. Her facility for tackling delicate, timely material became evident on NBC’s Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, produced by Barbara Steisand and Glenn Close, for which she won an Artios Award, the Casting Society of America’s highest honor.
She was nominated for Outstanding Casting for Rob Marshall’s “Annie” and again nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Casting in Amazing Stories.
Massalas has cast for various directors, including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood. Soon after she cast Sharon Stone in Paul Verhoeven’s “Total Recall,” she worked with Spielberg again casting two “Indiana Jones” films.
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