BAFTAs Creating a Casting Category – Could the Oscars Be Next?

/Film | 8/7/2019 | Ben Pearson
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BAFTAs Creating a Casting Category – Could the Oscars Be Next?

The British Academy has decided to add a casting category to the BAFTAs, the British equivalent of the Oscars. Beginning in 2020, voters will be able to weigh in on the film and TV projects they think had the best casting of the year, marking the first time that BAFTA has introduced a new category across both its film and TV sections at the same time. Now that this is in effect across the pond, is there a chance the Academy Awards follow suit and add a similar category?

Hollywood - Reporter - Word - BAFTAs - Addition

The Hollywood Reporter brings word about the BAFTAs addition of the new casting category, which is the first new category added to the awards in twenty years. (In 1999, the organization added the “outstanding debut” award.) In a statement, BAFTA chair Pippa Harris said:

“BAFTA’s Awards exist to recognize excellence across the industry and we are delighted this year to be including the highly skilled work of casting directors for the first time. Casting is essential to the screen industries, and vital in terms of promoting diversity and inclusion onscreen. We hope this Award will also help to promote an understanding of casting and look forward to seeing who will be the first winner in February.”

Oscars - Category - Casting - Harris - Part

Could the Oscars introduce a similar category? Casting is, as Harris said, an essential part of filmmaking, and the contributions of casting directors are often unheralded. How many casting directors can you name off the top of your head? My answer is embarrassingly low: only two. I know about Allison Jones, the casting director responsible for early Judd Apatow movies like The...
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