2024 Oscar Nominations: Oppenheimer, Barbie, and Poor Things Lead the Race

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The 2024 Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday, January 23, and the list of contenders is full of surprises, snubs, and milestones. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees for the 96th Academy Awards, which will take place on Sunday, March 4, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

2024 Oscar Nominations: Oppenheimer Leads with 12

The most nominated film of the year is Oppenheimer, the biographical drama about the American physicist who led the Manhattan Project, the secret development of the atomic bomb during World War II. The film, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Cillian Murphy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert Pattinson, received 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Score.

Oppenheimer is widely considered the frontrunner for the top prize, as it has already won several critics’ awards and guild honors, such as the Golden Globe for Best Drama, the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Picture, and the Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture.

Barbie and Poor Things Follow with 10 Nominations Each

Two other films that received 10 nominations each are Barbie and Poor Things. Barbie is a live-action comedy based on the popular doll franchise, starring Margot Robbie as the titular character, who is expelled from Barbieland for not being perfect enough and goes on an adventure in the real world. The film, directed by Greta Gerwig and co-written by Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, is nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Song, Best Original Score, Best Sound, and Best Visual Effects.

Barbie is a breakthrough for Gerwig, who becomes the first woman to receive two nominations for Best Director, after her previous nomination for Lady Bird in 2018. She is also the first woman to direct a film with 10 or more nominations, surpassing Kathryn Bigelow, who directed The Hurt Locker with nine nominations in 2010.

Poor Things is a dark comedy based on the novel by Alasdair Gray, which reimagines the story of Frankenstein with a female protagonist. The film, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe, and Saoirse Ronan, is nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design.

Poor Things is the second film by Lanthimos to receive 10 nominations, after The Favourite in 2019. He is also the second Greek director to be nominated for Best Director, after Costa-Gavras for Z in 1970.

Other Notable Nominations and Snubs

Some of the other notable nominations include:

  • The Power of the Dog, the western drama directed by Jane Campion and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, and Jesse Plemons, which received six nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score.
  • Don’t Look Up, the satirical comedy directed by Adam McKay and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, and Jonah Hill, which received five nominations, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Original Song.
  • Spencer, the biographical drama about Princess Diana, starring Kristen Stewart, which received four nominations, including Best Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Original Score.
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth, the adaptation of the Shakespeare play, directed by Joel Coen and starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, which received four nominations, including Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design.
  • Dune, the sci-fi epic directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, and Oscar Isaac, which received four nominations, including Best Visual Effects, Best Sound, Best Production Design, and Best Original Score.
  • West Side Story, the musical remake directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, and Rita Moreno, which received three nominations, including Best Supporting Actress, Best Sound, and Best Original Song.

Some of the notable snubs include:

  • The French Dispatch, the anthology comedy directed by Wes Anderson and starring an ensemble cast, which received only one nomination, for Best Production Design, despite being widely praised for its visuals and style.
  • Licorice Pizza, the coming-of-age comedy directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Cooper Hoffman and Alana Haim, which received no nominations, despite being a critical and commercial success and winning several awards from critics’ groups.
  • The Matrix Resurrections, the sci-fi sequel directed by Lana Wachowski and starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, which received no nominations, despite being one of the most anticipated and talked-about films of the year.
  • No Time to Die, the final James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, which received no nominations, despite being a box office hit and receiving positive reviews.

The full list of nominees can be found on the official website of the Academy Awards. The winners will be announced on March 4, in a ceremony hosted by comedian and actor Kevin Hart.

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