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Everything You Wanted to Know About The Oscars Craft Categories

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A view of the red carpet during the 96th Oscars Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton on February 12, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California. (JC Olivera via Getty Images)

The 96th Academy Awards are in less than a week, and a lot of ink has been spilled comparing contenders for best actor, best director and best picture. But what about less-discussed “craft categories” that reward creativity behind the scenes — like editing, costume design, cinematography and production design? We’ll talk to artists in each of those fields about what their work entails and how to recognize and appreciate a bold edit or a brilliant visual aesthetic. And we’ll hear from you: what’s an Oscars category you’d love to know more about?


Sam Restivo, editor; credits include "Napoleon," "House of Gucci," and "The Last Duel"

Allison Pearce, costume designer; credits include "Paint," "Black Bear," and "Clerks 3"

Olivia Peebles, production designer and set decorator; credits include “Miss Juneteenth,” “Killers of the Flower Moon,” and “Oppenheimer”

Elisha Christian, cinematographer; credits include "The Night House" and "The Voyeurs"


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