Oppenheimer Had a Big Night at the 2024 Oscars, Plus the Full Winners List

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Robert Downey Jr., Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Emma Stone, and Cillian Murphy
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At the 2024 Oscars, Christopher Nolan‘s film Oppenheimer won a total of seven awards, making a significant impact. Unlike previous ceremonies, no film dominated the night, with only two films, Poor Things and The Zone of Interest, receiving multiple wins of four and two, respectively. Surprisingly, Killers of the Flower Moon, Maestro, and Past Lives, which were nominated for Best Picture, did not win any awards. The ceremony was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the fourth time, creating a pleasant and celebratory atmosphere.

Oppenheimer has become the top-grossing Best Picture winner in the past 20 years, following in the footsteps of Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King which dominated the Oscars two decades ago.

During the most surprising moment of the night (even though the odds were evenly split beforehand), Emma Stone was announced as the winner of the Best Actress Oscar, beating out the favored Lily Gladstone in Killers of the Flower Moon. Stone, visibly emotional, appeared genuinely surprised by her win and took the opportunity to share the award with Gladstone from the stage.

Cillian Murphy was bestowed the accolade for Best Actor for his exceptional performance as the titular character in Oppenheimer. He graciously dedicated his win to “all those who strive for peace.” Shortly thereafter, director Nolan, with whom he has worked closely in the past, was also awarded Best Director.

The first award of the night was filled with intense emotions as Da'Vine Joy Randolph was crowned as the supporting actress for her powerful portrayal in the movie The Holdovers, solidifying her place in the awards season.

Robert Downey Jr., who had previously been nominated twice for Chaplin and Tropic Thunder, finally received his first Oscar for his role in Oppenheimer. The film also took home awards for Film Editing, Original Score, and Cinematography, marking the first wins for editor Jennifer Lame and director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema and the second win for composer Ludwig Goransson, who had previously won for Black Panther in 2018. This was all part of Randolph's coronation as a supporting actor for the year 2023.

The only time Barbie received an Oscar was for the hit song “What Was I Made For?” by Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell, securing their second win in this category within three years following their 2021 victory with No Time to Die. This ballad and radio sensation was the sole reason for their Oscar success.

The short category award was given to War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko in the realm of animation, while The Boy and the Heron by Hayao Miyazaki surprisingly beat Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse to claim the prize for best animated feature.

The highly anticipated awards for Best Original and Best Adapted Screenplay were claimed by Anatomy of a Fall and American Fiction, which were both popular choices of the season.

At the Oscars, Poor Things won awards for Production Design, Costume Design, and Makeup/Hairstyling, all of which were fiercely contested categories during the event. Surprisingly, Godzilla Minus One beat out movies with much larger budgets to claim the Best Visual Effects prize. This marked the first time that the film's director has won the award since 1968's 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The Oscar for International Feature Film was awarded to The Zone of Interest which included a passionate address by director Jonathan Glazer discussing the ongoing events in Gaza. Additionally, Zone was also recognized with the Best Sound award.

For his live-action short film The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, Wes Anderson received his first Academy Award. However, he was noticeably not present at the ceremony.

20 Days in Mariupol was honored with the Best Documentary Feature award, and director Mstyslav Chernov proudly announced that it marks the first-ever Ukrainian Oscar victory. In his poignant acceptance speech, he expressed his regret at having to create the film, which focuses on the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Full List of 2024 Oscar Winners

Best Picture

“American Fiction”
“Anatomy of a Fall”
“The Holdovers”
“Killers of the Flower Moon”
“Oppenheimer” *WINNER
“Past Lives”
“Poor Things”
“The Zone of Interest”

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Bradley Cooper, “Maestro”
Colman Domingo, “Rustin”
Paul Giamatti, “The Holdovers”
Cillian Murphy, “Oppenheimer” *WINNER
Jeffrey Wright, “American Fiction”

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

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

Performance by an 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” *WINNER

Performance by an 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” *WINNER

Best Animated Feature Film

“The Boy and the Heron” (Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki) *WINNER
“Elemental” (Peter Sohn and Denise Ream)
“Nimona” (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)

Achievement in Cinematography

“El Conde” (Edward Lachman)
“Killers of the Flower Moon” (Rodrigo Prieto)
“Maestro” (Matthew Libatique)
“Oppenheimer” (Hoyte van Hoytema) *WINNER
“Poor Things” (Robbie Ryan)

Achievement in 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) *WINNER

Achievement in Directing

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

Best Documentary Feature

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

Best Documentary Short Subject

“The ABCs of Book Banning”
“The Barber of Little Rock”
“Island in Between”
“The Last Repair Shop” *WINNER
“Nai Nai & Wài Pó”

Achievement in Film Editing

“Anatomy of a Fall” (Laurent Sénéchal)
“The Holdovers” (Kevin Tent)
“Killers of the Flower Moon” (Thelma Schoonmaker)
“Oppenheimer” (Jennifer Lame) *WINNER
“Poor Things” (Yorgos Mavropsaridis)

Best International Feature Film

Germany: “The Teachers’ Lounge”
Italy: “Io Capitano”
Japan: “Perfect Days”
Spain: “Society of the Snow”
United Kingdom: “The Zone of Interest” *WINNER

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

“Poor Things” *WINNER
“Society of the Snow”

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)

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

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)

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

Achievement in Production Design

“Barbie” (Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer)
“Killers of the Flower Moon” (Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Adam Willis)
“Napoleon” (Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Elli Griff)
“Oppenheimer” (Production Design: Ruth De Jong; Set Decoration: Claire Kaufman)
“Poor Things” (Production Design: James Price and Shona Heath; Set Decoration: Zsuzsa Mihalek) *WINNER

Best Animated Short Film

“Letter to a Pig
”Ninety-Five Senses”
“Our Uniform”
“War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko” *WINNER

Best Live-Action Short Film

“The After”
“Knight of Fortune”
“Red, White and Blue”
“The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar” *WINNER

Achievement in Sound

“The Creator”
“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One”
“The Zone of Interest” *WINNER

Achievement in Visual Effects

“The Creator”
“Godzilla Minus One” *WINNER
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”
“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One”

Adapted Screenplay

“American Fiction” (Written for the screen by Cord Jefferson) *WINNER
“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)

Original Screenplay

“Anatomy of a Fall” (Screenplay by Justine Triet and Arthur Harari) *WINNER
“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)

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