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19 Casts That Are So Incredible, You Literally Couldn't Change One Actor Without Ruining The Movie

Every choice was, somehow, the right one.

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community, "If there was an Academy Award for Best Casting in a Motion Picture, which films definitely would've won?" and they DID NOT disappoint. Here are just a few film casts who'd like to thank the academy:

1. Hustlers (2019)

Destiny (Constance Wu) and Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) strut through a strip club.

Casting director: Gayle Keller

"This movie was perfect in every way. The casting was impeccable; no one could have played them better!"

Molly Meisner

2. Little Women (2019)

Beth (Eliza Scanlen), Jo (Saoirse Ronan), Meg (Emma Watson), and Amy (Florence Pugh) March take a stroll arm-in-arm through their snowy town in some cozy looking winter wear.
Sony Pictures Releasing

Casting directors: Kathy Driscoll and Francine Maisler

"Every character was portrayed so convincingly that I couldn’t hate anyone. I understood everyone’s life and struggles (as well as privileges), and I credit that to the casting choices."


3. Black Panther (2018)

T'Challa (Chadwick Bosman) returns to Wakanda, flanked Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o) and Okoye (Danai Gurira).
Marvel Studios

Casting director: Sarah Halley Finn

"For sure, no question!"


4. It Chapter One (2017) and It Chapter Two (2019)

Warner Bros.

Casting director: Rich Delia

"In the first movie, all of the kids were AMAZING actors, and in the second movie, they all look SO MUCH like their child counterparts! Plus, Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise is ICONIC!"


5. Us (2019)

Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong'o) protects her children, Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and Jason (Evan Alex), while trying to contact the police.
Universal Pictures

Casting director: Terri Taylor

"I’ve always thought this was really well cast. Everyone played their roles perfectly, especially when they had to play their 'tethered' characters. They completely transformed into the opposite versions of the other family and completely sold me on the idea of there being others among us. I could go on for DAYS about Lupita Nyong'o's performance, but it was really the children who kept me on my toes while I was watching."


6. The Princess Bride (1987)

Inigo (Mandy Patinkin), Vizzini (Wallace Shawn), and Fezzik (André the Giant) look down at a mysterious approaching man.
20th Century Fox

Casting directors: Janet Hirshenson and Jane Jenkins

"Every character is so well played, and the cast allows you to get lost in the characters. There’s a reason the movie is a classic. Plus, the way some of those iconic lines are delivered? Perfection."


7. Booksmart (2019)

Molly (Beanie Feldstein) looks on horrified as her classmates celebrate the last day of high school.
United Artists Releasing

Casting director: Allison Jones

"All of the cast members play their roles in such an authentic and natural way. The writing of these characters obviously plays a huge part in this, but it’s the actors who truly make the characters special. Just look at Billie Lourd! You’d think that she was in the movie for at least half of it, when she was really on for less than 10 minutes in total — that’s how you know you’ve left your mark."


8. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Rachel (Constance Wu) and Nick (Henry Golding) embrace in front of a cheering crowd of family and friends.
Warner Bros.

Casting director: Terri Taylor

"You literally couldn't change one person without changing the whole movie. Every single character was so perfectly picked for their role."


9. Parasite (2019)

The Kim family (from left to right: Choi Woo-shik, Song Kang-ho, Jang Hye-jin, and Park So-dam) chat and enjoy drinks together in their home.
CJ Entertainment

Casting director: Heidi Levitt

"The casting was unbelievable. All of the acting was on point. A masterpiece. I saw many of them in other movies and TV shows before this film, and you wouldn't believe the difference between these characters and their other roles."

ghazzal Mehr

10. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

The Guardians (from left to right: Zoey Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista) prepare to do what they do best: Guard the galaxy.
Marvel Studios

Casting directors: Sarah Halley Finn and Reg Poerscout-Edgerton

"Even the CGI characters had the right voice actors! After watching it dozens of times, I still couldn't think of anyone better to play the main cast."


11. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

The Hoover family (from left to right: Alan Arkin, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, Toni Collette, and Greg Kinnear) prepare to enjoy a very awkward meal together at a roadside diner.
Fox Searchlight Pictures

Casting directors: Justine Baddeley and Kim Davis-Wagner

"Everyone in that cast stood out. Alan Arkin won an Oscar — but even Paul Dano and Steve Carell held their own as supporting actors. Toni Collette played a great overworked mother, and Abigail Breslin stole the show. Greg Kinnear was ALSO amazing as the dad. Just great choices throughout."


12. Django Unchained (2012)

Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) and Django (Jamie Foxx) prepare to take down some unsavory characters,
The Weinstein Co.

Casting director: Victoria Thomas

"The last time I watched that movie, I literally said that they should make an Oscar for Best Ensemble, because EVERY PERSON IN THAT MOVIE WAS FUCKING INCREDIBLE."

Midnight In Avalon

13. Knives Out (2019)

The Thrombey family (from left to right: Katherine Langford, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Riki Lindhome, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Jaeden Martell) look on at a house that is (rightfully) no longer theirs. The mug says so.

Casting director: Mary Vernieu

"They are all so talented that it really makes the story come together so perfectly. I think that if any one role in that movie had been miscast, it wouldn’t have worked."


14. Bring It On (2000)

Universal Pictures

Casting director: Joseph Middleton

"The entire cast fit their character roles to a T. You couldn’t convince me that the Toros and Clovers weren’t actually beefing IRL."


15. Star Trek (2009)

The new Enterprise team (from left to right: Anton Yelchin, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, John Cho, Zoey Saldana) look on to the adventure that lies ahead.
Paramount Pictures

Casting directors: April Webster and Alyssa Weisberg

"This was spectacularly cast. Finding the right actors not only to emulate the cast of the original TV show but also to add their own interpretation so it wasn't a hollow imitation was definitely a challenge — and they knocked it out of the park."


16. Logan Lucky (2017)

Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde (Adam Driver) reluctantly seek the help of a strange man in prison.
Fingerprint Releasing

Casting directors: Carmen Cuba and Tara Feldstein

"Not enough people have seen this movie. I can’t think of a more perfectly cast film, ever. Every single actor brings something unique and makes their character so interesting and real, and it gave them all an opportunity to shine in roles you don’t usually see them in."

Beauregard Furu

17. Pride and Prejudice (2005)

The Bennet ladies (from left to right: Jena Malone, Keira Knightley, Rosamund Pike, Talulah Riley, Brenda Blethyn, and Carey Mulligan) excitedly learn of the arrival of a suitor.
Focus Features

Casting director: Jina Jay

"The chemistry between Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen is mesmerizing, but the family dynamic is what really brings this movie together. You remember each character individually for their energy and how they interact with one another, like a true family does. The side characters also made sure you fully grasped their purpose. Freakin' Judi Dench should have won an award for this movie just for how she delivered on being Lady Catherine de Bourgh. The whole cast was fantastic and brought Jane Austen’s world to life."

Desiree Roberge

18. Scooby-Doo (2002)

Fred (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Daphnie (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Shaggy (Matthew Lillard), and Velma (Linda Cardellini) look confused mid-mystery solve.
Warner Bros.

Casting director: Mary Vernieu

"No film has ever been this well cast. I swear each actor was born strictly to play their role in this film. Matthew Lillard in particular was the most spot-on casting choice to date, period."


19. And finally, The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003)

The fellowship (from left to right: Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, John Rhys-Davies, and Sean Bean) prepare to leave Rivendell and head off to Mordor.
New Line Cinema

Casting directors: Victoria Burrows, Amy MacLean, John Hubbard, Liz Mullane, and Ann Robinson

"The expectations were SKY HIGH because the movies were based on a beloved book series, and people had been imagining these characters for decades. The cast really did an astounding job bringing these characters to life!"


Now it's your turn! Which movie casts were so incredibly perfect, they deserve an imaginary Oscar that I completely made up? Share the movie title and a little bit about what makes the cast so perfect as a whole in the comments below!

Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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