The Oscars Add a New Award

The first new one in 23 years will go to a casting director
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 9, 2024 10:21 AM CST
Oscars Add First New Award in 23 Years
An Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 21, 2015.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Casting directors are some of the most important creatives in entertainment but have never been celebrated as such on Hollywood's biggest night. Starting next year, however, that all changes, per the AP. The Oscars will add a new award to recognize achievement in casting for films released in 2025 and beyond, the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday. Not counting the short-lived "popular film Oscar" which never came to be, this is the first time the academy has added a category since best animated feature film was established in 2001. The first statuette will be presented starting with the 98th Academy Awards in 2026.

"Casting directors play an essential role in filmmaking, and as the Academy evolves, we are proud to add casting to the disciplines that we recognize and celebrate," Academy CEO Bill Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang said in a joint statement. The casting directors' branch was created in July 2013 and currently has nearly 160 members. "This award is a deserved acknowledgment of our casting directors' exceptional talents and a testament to the dedicated efforts of our branch," said Academy Casting Directors Branch governors Richard Hicks, Kim Taylor-Coleman and Debra Zane. There's still no Oscar category for stunt performers, who've long lobbied to be recognized for their specific contributions to film along with casting directors.

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