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What are the categories at the Oscars?

Info by Series Junkie | Last update on 2023-06-03 | Created on 2014-07-08

The Academy Awards, which are better known as the Oscars, are awarded in a total of 23 categories.

The following table is showing all categories of the film award including the year in which the corresponding Oscar was awarded for the first time.

Best Picture1929
Best Director1929
Best Actor in a Leading Role1929
Best Actress in a Leading Role1929
Best Actor in a Supporting Role1937
Best Actress in a Supporting Role1937
Best Cinematography1929
Best Production Design1929
Best Adapted Screenplay1929
Best Original Screenplay1941
Best Animated Short Film1932
Best Live Action Short Film1932
Best Original Score1935
Best Original Song1935
Best Film Editing1935
Best Sound1930
Best Visual Effects1940
Best Costume Design1949
Best Documentary Feature1942
Best Documentary Short Subject1943
Best International Feature Film1947
Best Makeup and Hairstyling1982
Best Animated Feature2002

Note: The original names of some of the categories have changed during the time. Therefore, it could be, that you encounter some other category titles at some place.

Discontinued Categories

Some awards of the film prize were only awarded at some former ceremonies and are now discontinued . These include:

CategoryTime Period
Best Engineering Effectsonly 1929
Best Title Writingonly 1929
Best Artistic Quality of Productiononly 1929
Best Original Story1929-1957
Best Assistant Director1933–1937
Best Dance Direction1935–1937
Best Sound Editing1963–2019

Renamings and differentiations of prize categories that are still existing such as "Best Short Film - Color" (1937-1938), "Best Short Film – Novelty" (1933-1936), "Best Score – Adaptation or Treatment" (1962-1969 and 1973) or "Best Foreign Language Film" (until 2020) versus "Best International Feature Film" (since 2021) are not included in this table.


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