It is that time of year again — the time when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the films, artists and performances that it has chosen to recognize for their remarkable contributions to cinema in the past year. Many movie lovers watch just about every new release with a kernel of curiosity over what chances it may have at Oscar® glory and now questioning has come to an end.
On January 23, 2024, the nominations for the 96th annual Academy Awards® were revealed — inspiring a fair share of cheerful applause, surprising gasps and, more than anything, anticipation to see who will get to take home the grand prize Sunday, March 10. Before the big night, let’s take a look at this year’s contender in the most esteemed cinematic award ceremony’s most coveted categories.
And the nominees are…
AMC is proud to present nine of the Best Picture nominees back on the big screen as part of the AMC Best Picture Showcase, starting January 26th. This year, seven of the nominees — such as crime drama ANATOMY OF A FALL, intense biopic OPPENHEIMER and the whimsical fantasy POOR THINGS were selected as AMC Artisan Films, which recognizes movies that are driven by innovators in cinema and encourage discussion, with fresh and diverse perspectives.
Of course, the conversations surrounding Cord Jefferson’s thought-provoking satire AMERICAN FICTION, Greta Gerwig surprise blockbuster BARBIE and star and director Bradley Cooper’s Netflix original biopic, MAESTRO, should not go unnoticed. However, only one of these 10 acclaimed masterpieces can take home the award for Best Picture.
ANATOMY OF A FALL
KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON
THE ZONE OF INTEREST
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
The five performances highlighted in this year’s Best Actor Oscar category include a couple of past nominees, with Bradley Cooper’s turn as Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO and Paul Giamatti as a disgruntled boarding school teacher in THE HOLDOVERS. However, Colman Domingo’s portrayal of the eponymous civil rights leader in RUSTIN, Jeffrey Wright’s bold turn as an author who finds success by giving in to public demand in AMERICAN FICTION and Cillian Murphy’s world-shattering performance in OPPENHEIMER have earned said actors their first honors from the Academy.
Bradley Cooper, MAESTRO
Colman Domingo, RUSTIN
Paul Giamatti, THE HOLDOVERS
Cillian Murphy, OPPENHEIMER
Jeffrey Wright, AMERICAN FICTION
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
This year’s Best Actress Oscar line-up includes two of the most talked about breakthrough performances of the year — frontrunner Lily Gladstone’s portrayal of Mollie Burkhart in KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON and Sandra Hüller’s performance as a suspect in her husband’s death in ANATOMY OF A FALL. Annette Bening’s portrayal of real-life swimmer Diane Nyad in Netflix’s NYAD earned her her fifth Oscar nomination, Carey Mulligan is being recognized a third time for playing Felicia Bernstein in MAESTRO and previous winner Emma Stone — who plays a child-like reanimated corpse in POOR THINGS — is celebrating her fourth nomination as an actor.
Annette Bening, NYAD
Lily Gladstone, KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON
Sandra Hüller, ANATOMY OF A FALL
Carey Mulligan, MAESTRO
Emma Stone, POOR THINGS
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
The only Best Supporting Actor nominee this year who is an Academy Awards newcomer is AMERICAN FICTION’S Sterling K. Brown. The rest of the category includes legendary two-time Oscar-winner Robert De Niro for playing crime boss William King Hale in KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON, three-time nominee Ryan Gosling as Ken in BARBIE and four-time nominee Mark Ruffalo as mad scientist Duncan Wedderburn in POOR THINGS. Frontrunner Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Lewis Strauss in OPPENHEIMER earned him his third nomination.