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Oscars 2024: ‘Oppenheimer’ wins seven awards, including best picture at the 96th Academy Awards

<p>“Oppenheimer,” a somber three-hour biography that turned into an improbable billion-dollar movie office hit, won best picture at the 96th Academy Awards, which also served as Christopher Nolan’s crowning achievement.</p>
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<p>The Academy made up for lost time by bestowing seven honors on Christopher Nolan’s massive biopic, including best actor for Cillian Murphy, best supporting actor for Robert Downey Jr., and best director for Nolan. For years, they had overlooked maybe Hollywood’s most prominent big-screen genius.</p>
<p>The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences awarded a major prize to a widely seen, big-budget studio picture with “Oppenheimer,” something it hasn’t done in almost ten years. “Oppenheimer” attracted large crowds of moviegoers to cinemas with its intricate, explosive drama about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the development of the atomic bomb, in a field where a cape, dinosaur, or Tom Cruise has sometimes been required for such box office success.</p>
<p>Murphy remarked in his award speech, “For better or worse, we’re all living in Robert Oppenheimer’s world.” “This is a dedication to the peacemakers,”</p>
<p>Even more so than its co-star in the cultural phenomenon “Barbie,” “Oppenheimer” emerged as a film laden with uneasiness over the potential for human mass devastation and as a suitably ominous picture for an era full of cataclysmic events, whether caused by man or not. The Oscars on Sunday took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles against the background of the battles in Gaza and Ukraine, as well as the possibly historic election that might take place in the United States soon.</p>
<p>On Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, the cast and crew of “Oppenheimer” receive the best picture Oscar.<br />
Oscars in 2024: The full list of winners from the 96th Academy Awards is available here.</p>
<p>The Oscar Awards’ most viewed battle was Emma Stone’s, who took home the best actress trophy for her role as Bella Baxter in “Poor Things.” Stone defeated Lily Gladstone of “Killers of the Flower Moon” in the most suspenseful category of the evening. Had Gladstone prevailed, he would have been the first American Indian to win an Oscar.</p>
<p>Rather, Stone’s richly detailed portrayal of “Poor Things” won over Oscar voters. The 35-year-old Stone’s victory, her second best actress Oscar after her triumph for “La La Land” in 2017, solidified her status as maybe the finest big-screen actress of her age. Among the notable ladies who have won best actress two or more times are Bette Davis, Ingrid Bergman, Frances McDormand, and Katharine Hepburn.</p>
<p>During her address, Stone battled back tears and a damaged dress, saying, “Oh, boy, this is really overwhelming.”</p>
<p>On Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, the cast and crew of “Oppenheimer” receive the best picture Oscar.<br />
Emma Stone, who won her second Oscar for her bold performance in “Poor Things,” wins Best Actress.</p>
<p>On Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, the cast and crew of “Oppenheimer” receive the best picture Oscar.<br />
At the Oscars, “Oppenheimer” won best picture in a war-torn ceremony.</p>
<p>The show on Sunday had a lot of flash and sparkle, such as Ryan Gosling’s expansive song-and-dance performance of the “Barbie” smash “I’m Just Ken,” which featured guitar help from Slash and a sea of Kens crowding the stage.</p>
<p>However, politics and protest trumped an Oscars event held during an election year, with protests for Gaza erupting outside the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Jimmy Kimmel, the presenter, read aloud a scathing social media remark by former president Donald Trump toward the end of the program.</p>
<p>“I appreciate you watching,” Kimmel remarked. “Isn’t your jail term over?”</p>
<p>Previously, a number of Nolan films, such as “Inception,” “Dunkirk,” and “The Dark Knight,” were considered for Oscars. But the 53-year-old director’s victory on Sunday marks his first Academy Award. Nolan said, “Cinema is just over a hundred years old,” as he addressed the assembly.</p>
<p>Nolan said, “We have no idea where this amazing journey will go from here.” “But it means the world to me to think that I’m a meaningful part of it.”</p>
<p>After receiving two prior nominations (for “Chaplin” and “Tropic Thunder”), Downey finally achieved his dream of winning an Oscar, capping an incredible second act in his turbulent career.</p>
<p>The son of director Robert Downey Sr., Downey commented, “I’d like to thank the academy and my terrible childhood, in that order.”</p>
<p>With over $1.4 billion in ticket sales, “Barbie” was the largest movie office smash of the previous year. However, it only took home one trophy: best song, which went to Billie Eilish and Finneas’ “What Was I Made For?” (sorry, Ken). Two years after winning for their James Bond theme, “No Time to Die,” they are back with another Oscar.</p>
<p>But after an Oscar season that remained mostly contained inside the Hollywood bubble, geopolitics became very important. Traffic near the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles was clogged with protests against Israel’s assault in Gaza, which delayed the entrance of celebrities on the red carpet and shifted attention away from the current crisis and onto the Oscars. “Shame!” was yelled by several demonstrators at those attempting to claim the trophies.</p>
<p>The terrifying Auschwitz drama “The Zone of Interest,” directed by British director Jonathan Glazer, won best international picture. Glazer made a link between the dehumanization shown in his film and contemporary society.</p>
<p>“Now, as men who deny being Jewish and the Holocaust being appropriated by an occupation that has caused conflict for countless innocent people—whether it be the October 7th victims in Israel or the current Gaza attack victims—how do we fight against this dehumanization?”</p>
<p>Many in attendance were thinking about both the situation in Ukraine and Gaza. Mstyslav Chernov’s “20 Days in Mariupol,” a terrifying account of the early stages of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, won best documentary a year after “Navalny” took home the same honor. The victory, which was a first for PBS’s “Frontline” and The Associated Press, occurred as the conflict in Ukraine entered its second year and showed no indications of ending.</p>
<p>On Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, the cast and crew of “Oppenheimer” receive the best picture Oscar.<br />
“Beautiful Things,” Da’Vine Protests outside the Oscars center over Joy Randloph’s victory for Gaza.</p>
<p>Speaking vehemently against Russia’s incursion was Mstyslav Chernov, the Ukrainian filmmaker and AP journalist whose city was destroyed the day he found out he was nominated for an Oscar.</p>
<p>“This is the first Oscar in Ukrainian history,” Chernov said. And I feel privileged. I’m quite sure I’ll be the first director here to state that I wish this movie had never been created. This is what I would want to trade (for) Russia never invading Ukraine.</p>
<p>Yorgos Lanthimos’ Frankenstein-riffing film “Poor Things” won three accolades in the early going for its exquisite craftsmanship, including best production design, best makeup and hairstyling, and best costume design.</p>
<p>After the actor and writer strikes of 2023, Kimmel, who was hosting the ABC telecast for the fourth time, began the awards show with a monologue emphasizing that Hollywood was still “a union town.” This earned her a standing ovation for bringing out teamsters and behind-the-scenes workers, who are now starting their own labor negotiations.</p>
<p>One of the most expected awards of the evening went to Da’Vine Joy Randolph for best supporting actress, in recognition of her work on Alexander Payne’s “The Holdovers.” Paul Giamatti, Randolph’s co-star on “Holdovers,” escorted an emotional Randolph to the stage.</p>
<p>Randolph said, “I’ve always wanted to be different for so long.” “And now I realize I just need to be myself.”</p>
<p>Even though everyone was expecting Randolph to win, there was an unexpected turn of events. Unexpectedly, Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Boy and the Heron” defeated “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” to win best animated film. The 83-year-old Japanese animation creator Miyazaki did not attend the event. Miyazaki came out of retirement to produce “The Boy and the Heron.” Additionally, he skipped the 2003 Oscars, the year that “Spirited Away” took home the same prize.</p>
<p>“Anatomy of a Fall” won Best Original Screenplay. Like “Barbie,” it was written by director Justine Triet and screenwriter Arthur Harari as a pair. “I believe this will help me get through my midlife crisis,” Triet said.</p>
<p>The Oscar for adapted screenplay went to Cord Jefferson, who wrote and directed his feature film debut “American Fiction.” Greta Gerwig was not nominated for the role, and many speculated that she would win instead. He implored bosses to take chances with up-and-coming filmmakers like him.</p>
<p>Jefferson, a former award-winning TV writer, advised “trying making 20 $10 million movies instead of a $200 million movie.”</p>
<p>The majority of the Oscars went to theatrically released movies. Despite having 19 nominations going into the Oscars, Netflix was a bit of a player. The live action short “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar,” directed by Wes Anderson and based on a Roald Dahl classic, was its only victory.</p>
<p>Broadcast ratings have always benefited from blockbuster films being nominated for the top Oscars prizes. When James Cameron’s “Titanic” won a slew of Oscars in 1998, the ceremony drew the biggest crowd ever.</p>
<p>On Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, the cast and crew of “Oppenheimer” receive the best picture Oscar.<br />
The Oscar documentary feature “To Kill a Tiger,” which is set in India, is defeated by “20 Days in Mariupol.”</p>

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