question of the day: Should there be an Oscar for Best Casting Director?

Argo Scoot McNairy Kerry Bishe Tate Donovan Joe Stafford Clea DuVall

I’m stealing today’s QOTD from an exchange between my friends and colleagues Matthew Turner, critic at, and Karen Krizanovich, who this morning tweeted:

(I haven’t seen Silver Linings Playbook yet, but I agree regarding Robot and Frank. And Argo is indeed brilliantly cast.)

I think it’s a great idea. Casting is an essential part of what makes a film work — or not — and yet it has been all but invisible, perhaps even mysterious, to those looking in from the outside. An Oscar for the work could remedy that.

Should there be an Oscar for Best Casting Director? And which films from recent years should have gotten such a nomination?

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