The Oscars to introduce first new category in 22 years - all the details

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9 Feb 2024, 12:41

Oscars statuette, The Oscars stage

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The Academy Awards will soon recognise the work of casting directors with a new Oscar for Best Casting. 

The new award is the first the Oscars has introduced since 2002 when Best Animated Feature was included in the prestigious line-up. The inaugural award was given to Shrek. 

Casting directors have long been overlooked by the Academy, and have been working hard to ensure they are celebrated in the same way other backstage crew, including costume, hair and makeup, are. 

In a statement, Oscar bosses said they wanted the new trophy to reflect the “essential role” casting directors play in filmmaking. 

Academy CEO Bill Kramer and president Janet Yang said (via BBC News): “As the Academy evolves, we are proud to add casting to the disciplines that we recognise and celebrate.

"We congratulate our casting directors branch members on this exciting milestone and for their commitment and diligence throughout this process."

It will be a little while though before casting directors can pick up one of those iconic statuettes. The first Best Casting award will be handed out at the 2026 ceremony. 

It’s also not yet clear if the award will be on the televised version of the often three-hour-long show, with the main categories, including Best Film, Best Director and the Acting categories, grabbing most of the attention and headlines. 

There are currently 23 categories handed out on the big night, and all eyes are currently on the 2024 ceremony, which will take place on Sunday 10th March at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. 

Oppenheimer, Barbie and Poor Things will be the ones to beat. With a staggering 13 nominations, Oppenheimer leads the pack with noms for Best Film, Best Director for Christopher Nolan and Best Actor for Cillian Murphy

Poor Things isn't far behind with 11, and Killers of the Flower Moon, with 10 nominations, is gearing up for a thrilling Oscar night.

ITV will be the new home of the Oscars in the UK, with a new red carpet livestream, behind-the-scenes content and tailor-made packages for each awards contender. 

Film fanatic Jonathan Ross will host ITV’s main coverage of the star-studded event on ITV1 and ITVX.

Several as-of-yet unannounced celebrity guests will be joining him from 10.30pm for this Oscars-themed party show, celebrating all the Hollywood action before they report on all the awards news as it drops.

The Oscars will air on ITV1 and ITVX - plus STV and STV Player - from 10.30pm on Sunday, 10th March. Red carpet coverage will begin at 9.30pm on ITVX.