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  • Written by Ugne Giraityte


Oscars 2024 nominees
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The 96th Academy Awards are set to dazzle audiences on Sunday, March 10, 2024, with Jimmy Kimmel returning for his fourth stint as the host. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is gearing up to orchestrate a spectacular event at the iconic Dolby Theatre in Ovation Hollywood, nestled in the heart of the cinematic haven, Los Angeles, California. This prestigious ceremony is dedicated to honoring the outstanding cinematic achievements of 2023, showcasing and celebrating the best films that have left an indelible mark on the world of cinema.

At the forefront of the awards lineup is the Best Picture category, boasting an impressive array of nominees that have significantly impacted the cinematic landscape. Standout films such as "Oppenheimer," "Barbie," and "Killers of the Flower Moon" share the stage with a compelling roster, including "Poor Things," "American Fiction," "Anatomy of a Fall," "The Holdovers," "Maestro," "Past Lives," and "The Zone of Interest." Adding a fresh and noteworthy dimension to this year's nominations is the notable presence of women directors at the helm of some outstanding films. The works of directors behind "Barbie," "Anatomy of a Fall," and "Past Lives" underscore the growing diversity in the filmmaking field. However, despite the exceptional contributions from these talented women, only Justine Triet received a nod in the Best Director category.

Remarkably, the Best Costume Design category witnesses the convergence of four nominated films, with Jacqueline Durran emerging as a frontrunner, showcasing her exceptional talent in Greta Gerwig’s "Barbie," where her costumes not only depict Mattel’s fashion history but also intricately align with the story arcs of characters played by Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. In "Killers of the Flower Moon," costume designer Jacqueline West immerses herself in the early-1920s Osage County, Oklahoma, weaving authenticity by studying oil tycoons' exploits and rare Osage family home movies. Osage costume consultant Julie O’Keefe adds a touch of cultural preservation, ensuring the nuanced storytelling of traditional clothing, echoing the Osage tribe's history from forced relocation in 1872. These endeavors not only enrich the cinematic experience but also contribute to the lasting legacy of storytelling and cultural appreciation.

Making history at the age of 81, the legendary Martin Scorsese emerges as the most senior nominee for the coveted title of Best Director. Engaging in a cinematic tête-à-tête, Scorsese finds himself in esteemed company alongside accomplished director Justine Triet. Their competition includes formidable names such as Jonathan Glazer ("The Zone of Interest"), Yorgos Lanthimos ("Poor Things"), and Christopher Nolan ("Oppenheimer"), setting the stage for one of the most anticipated showdowns of the evening. Thanks to the drama "Killers of the Flower Moon," Martin Scorsese achieves a remarkable feat, becoming the most-nominated living film director of all time, boasting an astounding 10 nods. This achievement places him ahead of Spielberg, who now ranks second in the category with nine nominations.

The grand spectacle of the 96th Academy Awards opens with the magnum opus, "Oppenheimer," offering a sweeping examination of the dawn of the Atomic Age. This compelling film not only captures the limelight but also earns an impressive tally of 13 nominations, solidifying its position as a front-runner in multiple categories. Following closely is the enchanting "Poor Things," a feminist reverie set in a steampunk universe challenging the confines of male chauvinism, gracefully securing 11 nominations and positioning itself as a strong contender.

The Oscars 2024 promise to be an unforgettable evening, recognizing and celebrating the outstanding contributions of these films and their visionary creators at the pinnacle of cinematic excellence.  


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