Why Casting Directors Can't Win an Oscar
Despite a stellar year for ensemble acting, the Academy thrice has rejected requests to start a casting branch.
Casting director team Kerry Barden and Paul Schnee helped create two quadruple-Oscar-nominated films, 2010's Winter's Bone and last year's The Help, which won SAG's ensemble award Jan. 29."There's nobody super-famous in either movie," says Barden. "They were just the right people for the movie." But at the Oscars, Barden and Schnee are, like all casting directors, treated like the help. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has rebuffed requests to start a casting branch three times since 1996. "Casting is the only main title of credit that doesn't have an Oscar category," says Schnee. "Perhaps because the craft of casting doesn't involve an Avid, a sewing machine or a camera, some may wrongly perceive it as less skillful and less crucial," says Casting Society of America president Pam Dixon.
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