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And the 2024 Oscar nominees are...

Here are the movies that made the grade for the Academy in 2023, from American Fiction to The Zone of Interest

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Image credit: The Zone of Interest (A24), Barbie (Warner Bros.), Anatomy of a Fall (Neon)

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It’s that time again: Oscar Season, when the entertainment industry gets to simultaneously celebrate the best of movies and complain that their particular favorites have been cruelly ignored. (Our take: any Best Animated Feature list for last year that doesn’t include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is a flawed one, indeed.) With this year’s nominees announced early Tuesday morning, we now know who’s in the running for a tiny little golden man this March — and if you keep reading, you will, too.

Few of the nominations this year came as surprises as the traditional combination of common wisdom and insight gained from other awards (this month alone, we’ve had the Golden Globes and nominations for this year’s BAFTAs; we also had the previous year’s rescheduled Emmys, but I’m not sure they count, exactly) gave us a pretty good sense of what to expect, but let’s take note of what might be the biggest winner from the Academy Award nominations so far: The Zone of Interest, a British movie about Nazis in World War II that is somewhat under the radar having only had a limited release in the US in December 2023.

(It did, however, win the Grand Prix at Cannes last year.)

So, what else got nominated? We’re glad you asked.

Best Picture

  • American Fiction
  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • Barbie
  • The Holdovers
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Maestro
  • Oppenheimer
  • Past Lives
  • Poor Things
  • The Zone of Interest

Best Director

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

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 Hüller, Anatomy of a Fall
  • Carey Mulligan, Maestro
  • Emma Stone, Poor Things

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 Supporting Actress

  • Emily Blunt, Oppenheimer
  • Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple
  • America Ferrera, Barbie
  • Jodie Foster, Nyad
  • Da'Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers

Best Original Screenplay

  • Justine Triet and Arthur Harari, Anatomy of a Fall
  • David Hemingson, The Holdovers
  • Bradley Cooper and Josh Singer, Maestro
  • Samy Burch and Alex Mechanik, May December
  • Celine Song, Past Lives

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Cord Jefferson, American Fiction
  • Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, Barbie
  • Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer
  • Tony McNamara, Poor Things
  • Jonathan Glazer, The Zone of Interest

Best Animated Feature

  • The Boy and the Heron
  • Elemental
  • Nimona
  • Robot Dreams
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

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 Documentary Feature

  • Bobi Wine: The People's President
  • The Eternal Memory
  • Four Daughters
  • To Kill a Tiger
  • 20 Days in Mariupol

Best Documentary Short

  • The ABCs of Book Banning
  • The Barber of Little Rock
  • Island in Between
  • The Last Repair Shop
  • Nai Nai & Wai Po

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 Original Score

  • Laura Karpman, American Fiction
  • John Williams, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
  • Robbie Robertson, Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Ludwig Göransson, Oppenheimer
  • Jerskin Fendrix, Poor Things

Best 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
  • "Wahzhaze" (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

Best Sound

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

Best Production Design

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

Best Cinematography

  • El Conde
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Maestro
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

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

Best Costume Design

  • Jacqueline Durran, Barbie
  • Jacqueline West, Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Janty Yates and Dave Crossman, Napoleon
  • Ellen Mirojnick, Oppenheimer
  • Holly Waddington, Poor Things

Best Film Editing

  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • The Holdovers
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things

Best Visual Effects

  • The Creator
  • Godzilla Minus One
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
  • Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One
  • Napoleon

The 96th Academy Awards will be presented at a ceremony in Los Angeles on March 10.


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