Oscars will add a new category for best casting.

The first competitive casting award since 2001 will be presented in 2026.

Best casting will be the Oscars' first new competitive award in over 20 years.

The honor came after casting directors fought for it. The 2026 Oscars will introduce the category.

“Casting directors play an essential role in film-making, and as the Academy evolves, we are proud to add casting to the disciplines we recognize and celebrate,” said CEO Bill Kramer and president Janet Yang. 

“We congratulate our Casting Directors Branch members on this exciting milestone and for their dedication throughout this process.”

The 2023-founded Casting Directors Branch called the announcement “deserved acknowledgment” and “a testament to the dedicated efforts of our branch”.

The last new competitive category was the 2001 Oscar for best animated feature film.

The TV Academy created a casting Emmy in the 1990s. The White Lotus team won it most recently.

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