The prestigious Oscar awards ceremony, known for being the most significant recognition in the global film industry, will be introducing a new statue in two years. The board of the Academy has reached a decision to include an Oscar for ‘Best Casting’ for the very first time, with the award set to debut at the 98th edition of the ceremony.
This introduction of a new Oscar category is a significant event as it is the first time since 2001, when the ‘Best Animated Film’ category was added, that a new Oscar has been incorporated into the ceremony. The Academy, which has had a specialized ‘branch’ dedicated to casting directors since 2013, now boasts a membership of 160 individuals in this field.
Casting directors have a crucial role in the filmmaking process. They are typically responsible for assembling a group of actors in collaboration with the director and producer of the film. Bill Kramer and Janet Yang, the director and president of the Academy, have expressed their appreciation for the critical role of casting directors in filmmaking. They expressed their pride in finally being able to give the field of casting the recognition it thoroughly deserves.
Casting directors in Hollywood have been advocating for the introduction of an Oscar category for their field since the 1990s. In addition, there has also been ongoing discussion about the possibility of introducing a statue for the ‘Best Stunt of the Year.’
The forthcoming Oscar ceremony, which is scheduled for March 10, will not yet feature the new statuette for ‘Best Casting.’