Oscars Announce New Academy Award for Best Performance in Casting

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The Oscars adding a new one Academy Award for Best Performance in Casting.

Per Variety, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday, February 8, that a new Oscar category for Best Performance in a Cast will be added to the Academy Awards.

When will the Best Performance in a Casting Award be introduced?

The 98th annual Academy Awards, to be held in 2026 for films released in 2025, will be the first ceremony to present the new casting award.

“Casting directors play a vital role in filmmaking, and as the Academy grows, we are proud to add casting to the disciplines we recognize and celebrate,” said Academy CEO Bill Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang. “We congratulate the members of the Casting Directors Branch on this exciting milestone and their commitment and dedication throughout this process.”

Academy Casting Directors Branch governors Richard Hicks, Kim Taylor-Colman, and Debra Zane said in a joint statement, “On behalf of the members of the Casting Directors Branch, we would like to thank the Board of Governors, the Awards Committee, and the Leadership of the Academy for their support. This award is a well-deserved recognition of the exceptional talents of our casting directors and a testament to the tireless efforts of our branch.”

The development marks the first time the Academy Awards have added a new category since 2001, which was for Best Animated Feature Film.

The 96th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2024, beginning at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT, with nominees announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. Best picture contenders include American Fiction , Anatomy of a Fall , Barbie, The Holdovers, Killers of the Flower Moon, Maestro, Oppenheimer, Past Lives, Poor Things, and The Zone of Interest.

Click here to see a complete list of nominees for the 96th Academy Awards.

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