Art Oscars 2024: Christopher Nolan’s Triumph (at Last!)
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Oscars 2024: Christopher Nolan’s Triumph (at Last!)

Giulia Guido
Oscar 2024

Nobody was absent at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles for the Oscars 2024. Among the audience was Messi, the dog from Anatomy of a Fall, comfortably seated in his red armchair, ready to find out who would take home the 23 statuettes this year.
Taking the stage for the fourth time, Jimmy Kimmel was the star of the evening, opening with a speech that was a bit too politically correct for some tastes: no risk, no great outcome (where’s Ricky Gervais when you need him?!).

And the Oscar goes to…

The awards ceremony quickly commenced, marking the 96th edition. Christopher Nolan and Oppenheimer took home the most awards, totaling 7 – including the most prestigious ones. Worth mentioning is Poor Creatures! stealing the Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling from Maestro at the last moment, and Barbie snagging the award for Best Costumes. Emma Stone also receives the Best Actress award, visibly moved as she takes the stage to collect her second statuette. Martin Scorsese remains empty-handed with his Killers of the Flower Moon. Barbie receives only one statuette; some were surely hoping for more, though no one was really expecting it.

Top moments

There are always some moments that immediately go viral, some spontaneous gags, others planned, and sometimes some heartfelt speeches. The first came with Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell’s performance, entirely crafted to showcase her fantastic voice, prompting the entire audience to stand up. John Cena’s entrance fully naked on stage to present the Best Costumes couldn’t go unnoticed, with his opening line: “Costumes are so important.” Robert Downey Jr., the crowd favorite, delivers another speech in his classic Robert Downey Jr. style, starting with “I would like to thank my terrible childhood and the Academy, in that order.” The ongoing global conflicts are not forgotten: firstly, Jonathan Glazer, director of The Zone of Interest, reminds us how terribly easy it is to look away, referencing the Palestinian conflict; and then there’s the reference to the war in Ukraine by the authors of the documentary 20 Days in Maripol. Current events also resurface in the most touching moment, during the In Memoriam segment, which begins not with an actor or director but with the words of Alexei Navalny: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.”
Fashion moment? Not so much this year.

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Best Picture

Best Director
Christopher Nolan – Oppenheimer

Best Actress
Emma Stone – Povere creature!

Best Actor
Cillian Murphy – Oppenheimer

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Downey Jr. – Oppenheimer

Best Supporting Actress
Da’Vine Joy Randolph – The Holdovers – Lezioni di vita

Best original screenplay
Justine Triet and Arthur Harari – Anatomia di una caduta

Best adapted screenplay
Cord Jefferson – American Fiction

Best international feature film
La zona d’interesse (Regno Unito)

Best animated feature
Il ragazzo e l’airone

Best film editing
Jennifer Lame – Oppenheimer

Best production design
James Price, Shona Heath, Zsuzsa Mihalek – Povere creature!

Best cinematography
Hoyte van Hoytema – Oppenheimer

Best costume design
Holly Waddington – Povere creature!

Best makeup and hairstyle
Nadia Stacey, Mark Coulier and Josh Weston – Povere creature!

Best visual effects
Takashi Yamazaki, Kiyoko Shibuya, Masaki Takahashi and Tatsuji Nojima – Godzilla: Minus One

Best sound
Tarn Willers and Johnnie Burn – La zona d’interesse

Best original score
Ludwig Göransson – Oppenheimer

Best original score
“What Was I Made For?” di Billie Eilish e Finneas O’Connell – Barbie

Best documentary feature film
Mstyslav Chernov, Michelle Mizner and Raney Aronson-Rath – 20 days in Maripol

Best documentary short film
Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers – The Last Repair Shop

Bestanimated short film
War is Over! Inspired by the music of John & Yoko

Best live action short film
Wes Anderson and Steven Rales – The Wonderful story of Henry Sugar

We didn’t forget about Ryan Gosling singing “I’m Just Ken. It’s the kind of performance we’ll definitely go back to watch on YouTube from time to time.

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