David Zurawik

Baltimore's Pat Moran wins an Emmy for casting on HBO's 'Game Change'

Baltimore's Pat Moran won an Emmy Award Saturday for casting on HBO's "Game Change."

It was the second for the woman who has cast virtually every major film and TV production done in Baltimore for the last 25 years. Moran was also nominated for her work on "VEEP," the Baltimore-based HBO satire starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

"We won one and we lost one, but you know what? We won one, and that's fantastic," Moran said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles right after the creative arts Emmys were awarded.

"Game Change," which was based on a best-selling non-fiction book about the 2008 presidential campaign of John McCain and Sarah Palin, was a critical and ratings hit for HBO. It was filmed in Baltimore during the summer of 2011.

The film is up for 12 Emmys including best movie or mini-series. Julianne Moore, Ed Harris, Woody Harrelson and Sarah Paulson are nominated for their performances as Sarah Palin, John McCain, Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace, respectively. The prime-time Emmys will be awarded Sept. 23 in Los Angeles in a televised show.

"What an honor it is to work with HBO on a production like this, and what a great team to work with," Moran said. "And the people on my team are great. I would not have won this without them. I am excited and happy to have won tonight, I really am. But we're on the plane tomorrow morning and back to Baltimore where I really want to be."

Moran won her first Emmy in 1997 for casting on NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street," which was produced by Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana and was filmed in Baltimore. It was based on a non-fiction book by David Simon.

Here's the way the award officially read: Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special - Game Change (HBO) – David Rubin, CSA, Casting By; Richard Hicks, CSA, Casting By; Pat Moran, CSA, Casting By; Kathleen Chopin, CSA, Casting By.