Oscars announces new award for casting directors

Feb 9, 2024


The Academy Award for Achievement in Casting will be introduced at the Oscars starting with the 98th edition, honoring films released in 2025.

The Academy Award for Achievement in Casting will be introduced at the Oscars starting with the 98th edition, honoring films released in 2025. Photo Credit: Matt Sales

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has announced the addition of a new category to the Oscars, recognizing achievement in casting for films.

The Academy Award for Achievement in Casting will be introduced at the Oscars starting with the 98th edition to honor films released in 2025. The first award in the new category will be given in 2026.

“Casting directors play an essential role in filmmaking, and as the Academy evolves, we're proud to add casting to the disciplines we recognize and celebrate.

“We congratulate the members of our Casting Directors branch on this exciting milestone and for their commitment and diligence throughout this process,” Academy CEO Bill Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang said in a joint statement.

Eligibility and voting rules for the inaugural award will be announced in April 2025.

The Academy established the Casting Directors Branch in July 2013 and currently has approximately 160 members.

Academy Casting Directors Branch Governors Richard Hicks, Kim Taylor-Coleman and Debra Zane said, “This award is a worthy acknowledgment of the extraordinary talent of our casting directors and a testament to the dedicated efforts of our branch.”

The last new award category was Best Animated Feature Film in 2001. The Academy had announced a new category called the Academy Award for Best Popular Film in 2018, but it was never included in the ceremony.

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