Oscars 2024: La creme de la creme or not?

The most awaited film festival of all time, the verdict set forth every single year, the best awards given out to the best, la creme de la creme, if you may. But are the Oscars 2024 nominations this year la creme? There are controversies that there is discrimination, but the root of that is yet to be discussed. With inclusivity being a newer subject of discussion, one must understand that despite those trends, the world has a long way to go but if the first initiative keeps faltering, how would we make progress? How would we create change? Let us discuss the 2024 Oscar nominations in the light of inclusivity and flesh out the problematics while analysing the nominees. 

2023 has given the world an incredible assemblage of movies, actors, directors and composers. Not to mention the iconic Barbie-heimer trend, the world in black and pink. But the Oscars aren’t about the audience, they’re about the actors and directors, the people who have contributed to the film, into making it nothing less than outstanding. This year’s Oscars 2024 have to be the most anticipated film festivals of the year with Oppenheimer taking the lead with the most number of nominations. 

Woman hand holding a plastic Oscars 2024 award
Woman hand holding a plastic Oscar award

The 96th Academy Awards is a ceremony presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences (AMPAS). The ceremony is scheduled to take place on March 10, 2024 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, his fourth time hosting since 2017. The nominees for the Academy Award were announced on January 23, 2024 by actors Zazie Beetz and Jack Quaid at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills. 

The Oscar 2024 nominations this year featured a total of seven LGBTQ+ representations (character portrayals) within various categories with two openly queer actors, Colman Domingo and Jodie Foster. Another important feature would be the nomination of Lily Gladstone who is the first indigenous actress of American descent to get nominated in the Best Actress Category. 

In terms of sheer numbers, Steven Spielberg becomes the most nominated individual in the Best Picture category with 13 nominations. Martin Scorsese earned his 10th nomination for Best Director making him the most nominated individual. And at age 91, John William extended his record for the most nominated individual with 54 nominations. 

Let us look at the nominees: 

Oscars 2024 Nominations List

Best Picture

  • American Fiction

(Ben LeClair, Nikos Karamigios, Cord Jefferson and Jermaine Johnson, Producers) 

  • Anatomy of a Fall

(Marie-Ange Luciani and David Thion, Producers)

  • Barbie

(David Heyman, Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley and Robbie Brenner, Producers)

  • The Holdovers

(Mark Johnson, Producer)

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

(Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas, Martin Scorsese and Daniel Lupi, Producers)

  • Maestro

(Bradley Cooper, Steven Spielberg, Fred Berner, Amy Durning and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers)

  • Oppenheimer

(Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Christopher Nolan, Producers)

  • Past Lives

(David Hinojosa, Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, Producers)

  • Poor Things

(Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Yorgos Lanthimos and Emma Stone, Producers)

  • The Zone of Interest

(James Wilson, Producer)

Best Actor

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

Best Actress

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

Best Supporting Actress

  • Emily Blunt – Oppenheimer
  • Danielle Brooks – The Color Purple
  • America Ferrera – Barbie
  • Jodie Foster – Nyad
  • Da’Vine Joy Randolph – The Holdovers
Attractive man in suit takes selfie with Oscar statuette. Positive guy with grey beard in black clo
Attractive man in suit takes selfie with Oscar statuette. Positive guy with grey beard in black clo

Best Supporting Actor

  • 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

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

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • American Fiction

(Written for the screen by Cord Jefferson)

  • Barbie

(Written by Greta Gerwig & Noah Baumbach)

  • Oppenheimer

(Written for the screen by Christopher Nolan)

  • Poor Things

(Screenplay by Tony McNamara)

  • The Zone of Interest

(Written by Jonathan Glazer)

Best Original Screenplay

  • Anatomy of a Fall

(Screenplay – Justine Triet and Arthur Harari)

  • The Holdovers

(Written by David Hemingson)

  • Maestro

(Written by Bradley Cooper & Josh Singer)

  • May December

(Screenplay by Samy Burch; Story by Samy Burch & Alex Mechanik)

  • Past Lives

(Written by Celine Song)

Best Original Song

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

Best Original Score

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

Best International Feature

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

Best Animated Feature

  • The Boy and the Heron

(Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki)

  • Elemental

(Peter Sohn and Denise Ream)

  • Nimon

(Nick Bruno, Troy Quane, Karen Ryan and Julie Zackary)

  • Robot Dreams

(Pablo Berger, Ibon Cormenzana, Ignasi Estapé and Sandra Tapia Díaz)

  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

(Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Amy Pascal)

Best Documentary Feature

  • Bobi Wine: The People’s President

(Moses Bwayo, Christopher Sharp and John Battsek)

  • The Eternal Memory
  • Four Daughters

(Kaouther Ben Hania and Nadim Cheikhrouha)

  • To Kill a Tiger

(Nisha Pahuja, Cornelia Principe and David Oppenheim)

  • 20 Days in Mariupol

(Mstyslav Chernov, Michelle Mizner and Raney Aronson-Rath)

Best Costume Design

  • Barbie (Jacqueline Durran)
  • Killers of the Flower Moon (Jacqueline West)
  • Napoleon (Janty Yates and Dave Crossman)
  • Oppenheimer (Ellen Mirojnick)
  • Poor Things (Holly Waddington)
Nomination and Oscar reward concept. Golden statue for victory and success
Nomination and Oscar reward concept. Golden statue for victory and success

Best Make-Up and Hairstyling

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

Best Production Design

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

Best Sound

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

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 Live Action Short

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

Best Animated Short

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

Best Documentary Short

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

As we have looked into the Oscar 2024 nominations list, it is evident that the Academy has become more inclusive over time with its first indigenous actress nominations. Yet, one major flaw that has been discussed on the internet since the announcement of the Oscar nominations 2024 is the exclusion of Margot Robbie from the Best Actress category.  

Oscar 2024 will unravel on 10th of March giving you, the audience, all the time to compare and contrast, pick and choose, make your judgement. Take your guess at who would win at Oscars 2024 and compare your assumptions on March 10th, 2024 (the Oscars date).

Rutva Chaudhari

I am Rutva Chaudhari, an undergraduate at Christ University, Bangalore. I am a student under the programme of BA (English Honours). My interests lie in reading, writing and music. I am an avid reader with a liking for fantasy and dark academia while my writing ranges over a wide variety of areas. My music taste is dominated by indie rock and alt rock music though I enjoy pop as well. As far as my other interests are considered, I do enjoy theatre from time to time and of course, anything that has a pop culture reference. I take great interest in British Literature and Greek Mythology and also, last but not the least, gaming. I go by the quote given by Leigh Bardugo, “When people say impossible, they mean improbable”.

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