New Oscar Category for Casting Directors Announced

The Oscars will introduce a new award category for casting directors, starting with films released in 2025, acknowledging their vital role in filmmaking.

For the first time since the category for best animated feature film was introduced in 2001, the Oscars will add an award for casting directors in recognition of their crucial contributions to filmmaking. This move, announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, marks a significant step in highlighting the importance of casting directors in the entertainment industry. The first award in this category will be presented at the 98th Academy Awards in 2026.