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Rita Moreno in 1950. Photo: Flickr.
Rita Moreno in 1950. Photo: Flickr.

Rita Moreno receives honorary award from the Casting Society of America

The actress was honored with the Lynn Stalmaster during the Artios Awards.

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Upon receiving the Lynn Stalmaster Lifetime Achievement Award during the 38th edition of the Casting Society's Artios Awards, Rita Moreno thanked the society and said she is "looking forward" to the release of the tenth Fast and Furious movie, in which she has a part.

"I'm in a fantastic moment, I don't even know where I get my strength from, but I'm still eager to work," said the EGOT winner. 

Moreno, who was the first Latina actress to win an Oscar, for 1961's West Side Story, received the Lynn Stalmaster Award from her 80 for Brady co-star, Glynn Turman.

"Tonight was fantastic: from New York to London to Los Angeles, we celebrated our peers and recognized their hard work and mastery of their craft in film, television and theater," said Destiny Lilly, president of the Casting Society, in a statement. 

"We continue to see changes and advancements in the industry to recognize our craft and tonight's celebration reinforces our commitment and drive to advance our mission. And we couldn't do it without the actors. They are our craft," she added. 

The Artios Awards presented by the Casting Society honor film, television and theater professionals in 20 different categories. The criteria to be evaluated are originality, creativity and the casting's contribution to the overall quality of a project. Nominees and winners are voted on by active members of the Casting Society of America.

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