…and the Oscar for Best Casting goes too…

Yes, it’s time for my annual rant about The Academy’s Big Insult.

Sunday, February 9th, 2020, is the 92nd annual Academy Awards and it will be the 92nd time a casting director did not win an Oscar for Best Casting.

Casting is essential in bringing the director’s vision to life.  In most opening credits, casting is listed 7th right after the supporting actors and before the music composer, costume designer, editor and production designer – all of whom can be nominated for an Academy Award. But alas, not the casting director.

In 2013, the Casting Directors Branch of the Motion Picture Academy was created. There are currently 57 casting director members. Perhaps I am meant to be impressed. I am not.

The BAFTAs added an award for Best Casting this year (Shayna Markowitz for Joker) so what will it take for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to do the right thing and honor this craft?

I don’t know all the internal politics at AMPAS (tedious at best) so let’s shift focus and celebrate these talented women and men:

BBA’s Best Casting Nominees 2020

Best Picture Nominees

1917 – Nina Gold

Ford vs Ferrari – Ronna Kress

JoJo Rabbit – Des Hamilton and Maya Kvetnv

Joker – Shayna Markowitz

Little Women – Kathy Driscoll and Francine Maisler

Marriage Story – Douglas Aibel and Francine Maisler

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Victoria Thomas

Parasite – no casting director listed! How does this work?!?!?

The Irishman – Ellen Lewis

 

Best Ensemble Nominees*

Bombshell – Allison Jones

Hustlers – Gayle Keller

JoJo Rabbit – Des Hamilton and Maya Kvetnv

Knives Out – Mary Vernieu

Little Women – Kathy Driscoll and Francine Maisler

Marriage Story – Douglas Aibel and Francine Maisler

The Farewell – Anne Kang and Leslie Woo

*this really should be a category!

 

Best Independent Film Nominees*

Book Smart – Allison Jones

Good Boys – Rich Delia

Last Black Man in San Francisco – Julia Kim

The Farewell – Anne Kang and Leslie Woo

*eye for talent

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