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2024 Oscar Nominations

Hollywood Glitz, Historical Heavies, and Animated Accolades: Unveiling the 2024 Oscar Nominations

The curtains on Hollywood’s most prestigious night rose this morning, as the 2024 Oscar nominations were announced. Brace yourselves for a ceremony brimming with veteran titans, captivating newcomers, and animated marvels vying for golden glory. Get ready to delve into the details of who made the cut, the surprises unveiled, and what lies ahead on the road to March 10th.

Top Contenders and Big Surprises:

  • Oppenheimer: Christopher Nolan’s biopic on the “father of the atomic bomb” leads the pack with a staggering 13 nominations, including Best Picture, Director, and Actor (Cillian Murphy). Can it translate critical acclaim into Oscar gold?
  • Poor Things: Yorgos Lanthimos’ eccentric Frankenstein-inspired dark comedy follows closely with 11 nominations, including Best Picture, Actress (Emma Stone), and Adapted Screenplay. Will its unusual charm resonate with Academy voters?
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: Martin Scorsese’s long-awaited return to Westerns garners 10 nominations, including Best Picture, Director, and Actor (Robert De Niro). Can the legendary filmmaker defy Father Time and add another Oscar to his mantle?

Breakthroughs and Underdogs:

  • Barbie: Greta Gerwig’s live-action take on the iconic doll snags 8 nominations, including Best Picture, Director, and Original Song (Billie Eilish & Finneas). Can this audacious reimagining redefine family entertainment?
  • American Fiction: A political thriller starring Jeffrey Wright as a disenfranchised novelist earns 7 nominations, including Best Picture, Actor, and Original Screenplay. Can it shake up the Best Picture race with its timely social commentary?
  • Past Lives: Celine Song’s poignant love story across two lifetimes gathers 5 nominations, including Best Picture, Director, and Original Screenplay. Will its intimate and heartfelt narrative charm the Academy?

Veteran Champions and Fresh Faces:

  • Annette Bening: The veteran actress shines in “Nyad” as a real-life marathon swimmer, earning a Best Actress nomination alongside Emma Stone (“Poor Things”), Carey Mulligan (“Maestro”), Lily Gladstone (“Killers of the Flower Moon”), and Sandra Hüller (“Anatomy of a Fall”). Who will emerge victorious in this battle of acting powerhouses?
  • Bradley Cooper: The two-time nominee takes the helm as Leonard Bernstein in “Maestro”, securing a Best Actor nomination against Cillian Murphy (“Oppenheimer”), Colman Domingo (“Rustin”), Paul Giamatti (“The Holdovers”), and Jeffrey Wright (“American Fiction”). Can Cooper pull off the musical maestro and add another Oscar to his collection?
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse: The acclaimed animated sequel swings into the Best Animated Feature category alongside Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Boy and the Heron”, Elemental”, “Nimona”, and Robot Dreams”. Can it repeat its predecessor’s success and snag another golden webslinger?

History Unfolding:

  • Martin Scorsese: At 81, Scorsese becomes the oldest Best Director nominee ever for “Killers of the Flower Moon”. Will his masterful storytelling defy age and claim another Oscar win?
  • Three Female Best Picture Directors: Justine Triet (“Anatomy of a Fall”), Greta Gerwig (“Barbie”), and Celine Song (“Past Lives”) mark a historic moment with their Best Director nominations. Can this shift in the gender landscape rewrite Hollywood’s narrative?
  • Animation Diversity: With three diverse animated films – “Elemental”, “Nimona”, and “The Boy and the Heron” – vying for Best Animated Feature, is the Academy moving towards a more inclusive animation landscape?

Looking Ahead:

The nominations have set the stage for a captivating awards season. From veteran powerhouses battling it out to underdogs seeking recognition, the 2024 Oscars promise an unforgettable night of celebration and surprises. The red carpet is laid, the statuettes gleaming, and the anticipation hangs heavy in the air. Mark your calendars for March 10th, and prepare to witness Hollywood magic unfold as cinema’s finest vie for the ultimate cinematic honor.

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2024 Oscar Nominations: A Comprehensive Guide

Best Picture

  • American Fiction
  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • Barbie
  • The Holdovers
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Maestro
  • Oppenheimer
  • Past Lives
  • Poor Things
  • Zone of Interest

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Annette Bening, Nyad
  • Lily Gladstone, Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Sandra Hüller, Anatomy of a Fall
  • Carey Mulligan, Maestro
  • Emma Stone, Poor Things

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • Bradley Cooper, Maestro
  • Colman Domingo, Rustin
  • Paul Giamatti, The Holdovers
  • Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer
  • Jeffrey Wright, American Fiction

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Emily Blunt, Oppenheimer
  • Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple
  • America Ferrera, Barbie
  • Jodie Foster, Nyad
  • Da’Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Sterling K. Brown, American Fiction
  • Robert De Niro, Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Robert Downey Jr., Oppenheimer
  • Ryan Gosling, Barbie
  • Mark Ruffalo, Poor Things

Best Director

  • Justine Triet, Anatomy of a Fall
  • Martin Scorsese, Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer
  • Yorgos Lanthimos, Poor Things
  • Jonathan Glazer, The Zone of Interest

Best Animated Feature Film

  • The Boy and the Heron
  • Elemental
  • Nimona
  • Robot Dreams
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Best International Feature Film

  • The Teachers’ Lounge, Germany
  • Io Capitano, Italy
  • Perfect Days, Japan
  • Society of the Snow, Spain
  • The Zone of Interest, United Kingdom

Best Original Screenplay

  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • The Holdovers
  • Maestro
  • May December
  • Past Lives

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • American Fiction
  • Barbie
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things
  • The Zone of Interest

Best Original Score

  • American Fiction
  • Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things

Best Original Song

  • “The Fire Inside” from Flamin’ Hot
  • “I’m Just Ken” from Barbie
  • “It Never Went Away” from American Symphony
  • “Wahzhazhe (A Song for My People),” Killers of the Flower Moon
  • “What Was I Made For?” from Barbie

Best Film Editing

  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • The Holdovers
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things

Best Cinematography

  • El Conde
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Maestro
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things

Best Visual Effects

  • The Creator
  • Godzilla Minus One
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
  • Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One
  • Napoleon

Best Sound

  • The Creator
  • Maestro
  • Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
  • Oppenheimer
  • The Zone of Interest

Best Production Design

  • Barbie
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Napoleon
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things

Best Costume Design

  • Barbie
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Napoleon
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Golda
  • Maestro
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things
  • Society of the Snow

Best Documentary Feature Film

  • Bobi Wine: The People’s President
  • The Eternal Memory
  • Four Daughters
  • To Kill a Tiger
  • 20 Days in Mariupol

Best Animated Short

  • Letter to a Pig
  • Ninety-Five Senses
  • Our Uniform
  • Pachyderme
  • War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko

Best Live-Action Short Film

  • The After
  • Invincible
  • Knight of Fortune
  • Red, White and Blue
  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

Best Documentary Short

  • The ABCs of Book Banning
  • The Barber of Little Rock
  • Island In Between
  • The Last Repair Shop
  • Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó

Analysis and Highlights This year’s nominations are led by ‘Oppenheimer’ with 13 nominations, showcasing its sweeping impact across multiple categories. ‘Poor Things’ and ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ also secured significant recognition, indicating a strong year for films with intricate narratives and high production values. The diversity in the categories of Best International Feature Film and Best Animated Feature Film highlights the Academy’s increasing attention to global cinema and innovative storytelling in animation. The nominations for Best Actress and Best Actor in both leading and supporting roles reflect a blend of seasoned veterans and fresh faces, pointing to a dynamic and evolving industry landscape.

The Oscars ceremony will be held on March 10th, 2024, and is anticipated to be a grand celebration of cinematic achievements from the past year, with all eyes on ‘Oppenheimer’, ‘Poor Things’, and ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ as potential big winners of the night.

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