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We’re in the thick of awards season, with the Golden Globes kicking things off earlier this month. The Emmys, which were postponed from last September because of the actors’ and writers’ strikes in Hollywood, were finally held last week. And now, the Oscar nominations for 2024 were released on Tuesday, with some not-so-unexpected nods and some surprising snubs.
The Academy Awards, aka the Oscars (referencing that little golden knight statuette handed out to winners), are considered by many to be one of the biggest entertainment awards, where the best of the best in the film industry are celebrated for their technical and artistic awesomeness.
Christopher Nolan’s three-hour biopic “Oppenheimer” was considered a major awards contender this year, and it picked up a bunch of Oscars nods, including for best picture, best director and acting nominations for Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr. and Emily Blunt. But the “Barbenheimer” contest (referring to the film’s release at the same time as the blockbuster “Barbie”) is still on, with Greta Gerwig’s pink opus picking up eight nominations, including for best picture, best supporting actor for Ryan Gosling (even though he’s just Ken) and some nods for the film’s unforgettable songs, “I’m Just Ken” and “What Was I Made For?”
In what many are seeing as a snub, though, “Barbie” director Gerwig and lead actress Margot Robbie were passed over for best director and best actress nominations. Considering the film is up for best picture, a lot of people are scratching their heads over it.
In other notable snubs, Leonardo DiCaprio missed being nominated for his role in "Killers of the Flower Moon." But, then again, Leo’s been nominated time and time again and only won once – a recurring snub from the Academy that’s turned into a meme over time.
Martin Scorsese made Oscars history by being nominated for best director a tenth time (for “Killers of the Flower Moon”), making him the most-nominated living director, beating industry giant Steven Spielberg. "It was a remarkable experience to make this picture, to work together with the Osage community to tell the story of a genuine American tragedy, hidden in the shadows of official culture for far too long," Scorsese said about the recognition. Lily Gladstone also became the first Native American nominated for best actress for the film, which has a total of 10 nominations this year, including for best picture.
The Associated Press received its first-ever Oscar nomination in its 178-year-long history for “20 Days in Mariupol,” a documentary from Mstyslav Chernov that chronicles the fall of the Ukrainian city after Russia’s 2022 invasion through the eyes of a team of AP journalists trapped there. Variety describes the film as “bleak but essential viewing.”
Other major contenders this year include “Poor Things,” “Anatomy of a Fall” and “Maestro.” The 96th Oscars will be held in Los Angeles on March 10, so you’ve got about a month and a half to stream some of this year’s nominees if you haven’t caught them already.