The Oscars will introduce their first new category since 2001.

The Oscars will introduce a new award for casting directors starting in 2026.

This marks the first addition of a category since the establishment of best animated feature film in 2001.

The Academy recognizes the essential role of casting directors in filmmaking.

The casting directors' branch, established in 2013, has nearly 160 members.

The new award reflects the exceptional talents and efforts of casting directors.

The first statuette will be presented at the 98th Academy Awards.

Casting directors and stunt performers have advocated for Oscar recognition for their contributions.

However, the addition of a category for stunts remains pending for now.

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