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96th Annual Oscar Nominations: Oppenheimer, Poor Things Lead The Way

January 23, 2024 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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The nominations for the 96th Annual Academy Awards are out with Oppenheimer, Poor Things and Killers of the Flower Moon leading the way. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for this year’s ceremony on Tuesday morning, which saw Christopher Nolan’s J. Robert Oppenheimer film lead all nominees with 13. It was followed by Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things (11 nominations), Martin Scorsese’s Flower Moon (10 nods) and Greta Gerwig’s Barbie (8 nods).

The Best Picture race saw those four films joined by the satirical comedy American Fiction, French legal drama Anatomy of a Fall, Alexander Payne’s dramedy The Holdovers, Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein biopic Maestro, Celine Song’s romantic drama Past Lives, and Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest.

Despite many expected nominees landing, there were some surprises as Leonardo DiCaprio did not earn a Lead Actor nomination for his work in Killers Of the Flower Moon, nor did Margot Robbie for her Lead Actress role in Barbie. Similarly, Greta Gerwig was left out in the cold in the Best Director race, though she did score a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination along with Noah Baumbach for Barbie. Greta Lee’s work as Lead Actress in Past Lives was an expected nomination that did not come to pass either, while expected acting nominations did not pan out for May December’s Charles Melton, Natalie Portman, and Julianne Moore. Also snubbed were Saltburn, Origin, and STILL: A Michael J. Fox Movie, the latter in the Best Documentary category.

Among the surprise nominees were Danielle Brooks, who earned the sole nomination for The Color Purple as Best Supporting Actress, along with America Ferrera in the same category for Barbie. Sterling K. Brown’s work in American Fiction was widely praised but not expected for a Best Supporting Actor nod, which he received. Nimona and Robot Dreams were surprises in Best Animated Film, and Godzilla Minus One managed to sneak into the Oscar race with a nod for Best Visual Effects.

Final voting for the Oscars begins on February 22nd, with the ceremony taking place on March 10th on ABC.

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

Actor in a Leading Role
* Bradley Cooper – Maestro
* Colman Domingo – Rustin
* Paul Giamatti – The Holdovers
* Cillian Murphy – Oppenheimer
* Jeffrey Wright – American Fiction

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

Actor in a Supporting Role
* Sterling K. Brown – American Fiction
* Robert De Niro – Killers of the Flower Moon
* Robert Downey Jr. – Oppenheimer
* Ryn Gosling – Barbie
* Mark Ruffalo – Poor Things

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

* 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

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
* Cord Jefferson – American Fiction
* Greta Gerwig & Noah Baumbach – Barbie
* Christopher Nolan – Oppenheimer
* Tony McNamara – Poor Things
* Jonathan Glazer – The Zone of Interest

Writing (Original Screenplay)
* Justine Triet and Arthur Harari – Anatomy of a Fall
* David Hemingson – The Holdovers
* Bradley Cooper & Josh Singer – Maestro
* Samy Burch & Alex Mechanik – May December
* Celine Song – Past Lives

International Feature Film
* Io Capitano (Italy)
* Perfect Days (Japan)
* Society of the Snow (Spain)
* The Teachers’ Lounge (Germany)
* The Zone of Interest (UK)

Animated Feature Film
* The Boy and the Heron
* Elemental
* Nimona
* Robot Dreams
* Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

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

Live Action Short Film
* The After
* Invincible
* Knight of Fortune
* Red, White and Blue
* The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

Documentary Short Film
* The ABCs of Book Banning
* The Barber of Little Rock
* Island in Between
* The Last Repair Shop
* Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó

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

Film Editing
* Laurent Sénéchal – Anatomy of a Fall
* Kevin Tent – The Holdovers
* Thelma Schoonmaker – Killers of the Flower Moon
* Jennifer Lame – Oppenheimer
* Yorgos Mavropsaridis – Poor Things

* Edward Lachman – El Conde
* Rodrigo Prieto – Killers of the Flower Moon
* Matthew Libatique – Maestro
* Hoyte van Hoytema – Oppenheimer
* Robbie Ryan – Poor Things

Production Design
* Sarah Greenwood & Katie Spencer – Barbie
* Jack Fisk & Adam Willis – Killers of the Flower Moon
* Arthur Max & Elli Griff – Napoleon
* Ruth De Jong & Claire Kaufman – Oppenheimer
* James Price and Shona Heath & Zsuzsa Mihalek – Poor Things

Costume Design
* Jacqueline Durran – Barbie
* Jacqueline West – Killers of the Flower Moon
* Janty Yates and Dave Crossman – Napoleon
* Ellen Mirojnick – Oppenheimer
* Holly Waddington – Poor Things

Music (Original Score)
* Laura Karpman – American Fiction
* John Williams – Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
* Robbie Robertson – Killers of the Flower Moon
* Ludwig Göransson – Oppenheimer
* Jerskin Fendrix – Poor Things

Music (Original Song)
* Diane Warren – “The Fire Inside” (Flamin’ Hot)
* Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt – “I’m Just Ken” (Barbie)
* Jon Batiste and Dan Wilson – It Never Went Away” (American Symphony)
* Scott George – “Wahzhazhe (A Song For My People)” (Killers of the Flower Moon)
* Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell – “What Was I Made For?” (Barbie)

Makeup and Hairstyling
* Karen Hartley Thomas, Suzi Battersby and Ashra Kelly-Blue – Golda
* Kazu Hiro, Kay Georgiou and Lori McCoy-Bell – Maestro
* Luisa Abel – Oppenheimer
* Nadia Stacey, Mark Coulier and Josh Weston – Poor Things
* Ana López-Puigcerver, David Martí and Montse Ribé – Society of the Snow

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

Visual Effects
* The Creator
* Godzilla Minus One
* Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
* Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
* Napoleon