Photo credit:  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)


The Academy Awards have added a new category.  Thursday, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced its best achievement in casting as a new category for the upcoming awards season.  This is the first time a new category has been introduced since 2the best-animated feature was added in 2001.  The criteria for the category will be announced in April 2025 when the Academy Awards rules are announced

The first statuette will be given out at the 98th Academy Awards in 2026.

Casting directors, and stunt performers, have long lobbied for an Oscar category to recognize their specific contributions to film. But for now, the stunts will have to wait.