Watch: Casting Directors Chat About the Nominated Spirit Awards Films They Cast

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Tonight is the 31st Annual Independent Spirit Awards, which is held before the Oscars at Santa Monica Beach and celebrates the best in independent film. Like the Oscars, the Independent Spirit Awards has awards for best lead and supporting actors and actresses.

To celebrate the behind-the-scenes talent that ensembles those casts, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation brought together the casting directors behind some of the nominated films — Lois Drabkin (Glass Chin), Liz Ortiz Mackes (Advantageous) and Paul Schnee (Love and Mercy).

Moderator Lori Hammel asks the panel about how they cast their projects, where they locate new talent, and their thoughts on making casts more diverse.

You can view the entire panel above.

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