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Oscar Nominations 2024 (And Our Thoughts)

The 2024 Oscar Award nominations have been announced — today! — and we here at For Film’s Sake think this year’s list is pretty meh. It’s a lot of Barbie and Oppenheimer, sprinkled with some Poor Things and Killers of the Flower Moon. Not saying that those aren’t noteworthy movies, but there definitely were a lot more movies released in 2023 that were remarkable. Ah well. We aren’t SAG and can’t put in our two cents.

2023 WAS NOT THIS BORING. We’re overall unhappy with how limited the nominations for the 2024 Oscar awards are. Only eight movies out of the many movies that came out in 2023 are being congratulated for their contributions! Sure, these movies are noteworthy, but there’s no reason for so many nominations to go to so few movies. This isn’t a unique occurance, though; movies that come out earlier in the year are usually skipped over for awards — unless we’re talking about the Razzies!

Just look at the long list of movies that came out in 2023. (Our list is incomplete, but still use it as a reference.) What about Beau Is Afraid? Renfeld? Dungeons & Dragons? Astroid City? Chevalier? Bottoms? Beast? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Drive Away Dolls? Air Gran Turismo?

Our prediction for the 2024 Oscars Award show? It’s going to be a dull one. Just call it for Oppenheimer and bring on the band.

So yeah, let’s look at the nominations based on movie.

AMERICAN FICTION

5 NOMINATIONS

Best Picture
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actor
Adapted Screenplay
Original Score

BARBIE

9 NOMINATIONS

Best Picture
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Adapted Screenplay
Production Design
Costume Design
Editing
Original Song (two nominations)

THE HOLDOVERS

5 NOMINATIONS

Best Picture
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Original Screenplay
Editing

KILLERS of the Flower MOON

9 NOMINATIONS

Best Picture
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Production Design
Costume Design
Cinematography
Original Score
Original Song

MAESTRO

7 NOMINATIONS

Best Picture
Best Actor
Best Actress
Original Screenplay
Cinematography
Makeup and Hairstyling
Sound

OPPENHEIMER

12 NOMINATIONS

Best Picture
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Adapted Screenplay
Production Design
Costume Design
Cinematography
Editing
Makeup and Hairstyling
Sound

POOR THINGS

11 Nominations

Best Picture
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Adapted Screenplay
Production Design
Costume Design
Cinematography
Editing
Makeup and Hairstyling
Original Score

Zone of Interest

5 Nominations

Best Picture
Best Director
Adapted Screenplay
Sound
International Feature

Best Picture

Anatomy of a Fall

The Holdovers

Killers of the Flower Moon

Oppenheimer

Past Lives

Poor Things

The Zone of Interest

Our Thoughts…

Of course the winner is going to be Oppenheimer. But in our opinion, Past Lives was one of those amazing movies with characters and scenes that speak directly to your heart and make you think back to all the people (or that one special person) from your younger years who got away. The tension captured between two people who must maintain their distance despite a carnal desire to grasp each other and never let go.  I mean, this movie rocked our worlds. But for sure, the winner will be the movie with all the explosions cause people like to see stuff get blown up. Sigh… 

Best Director

Jonathan Glazer, The Zone of Interest

Yorgos Lanthimos, Poor Things

Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer

Martin Scorsese, Killers of the Flower Moon

Justine Triet, Anatomy of a Fall

Our Thoughts…

Okay, sure. Give this one to Nolan. But out of all the nominations for Barbie, we really thought Greta Gerwig was going to at least get a nomination. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a Best Producer category, too? And the winner of that would go to Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, for either Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem or Joy Ride…right?

Best Actor

Bradley Cooper, Maestro

Colman Domingo, Rustin

Paul Giamatti, The Holdovers

Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer

Jeffrey Wright, American Fiction

OUR THOUGHTS…

We think Paul Giamatti gave a deserving performance as the grouchy, complicated teacher who cares just enough to tip the scale, but Bradley Cooper or Cillian Murphy will probably walk away with the golden guy. But what happened to Joaquin Phoenix for his epic performance in Beau Is Afraid? Were SAG voters afraid of Beau, too, or did they just not understand the film? Perhaps Jules wasn’t serious enough for Ben Kingsley to be considered, and The Baker too kitschy for Ron Pearlman to be considered worthy. And dare we ask about Kelvin Harrison Jr. for his portrayal of violin baddie Chevalier?

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

OUR THOUGHTS…

We would have liked to see Margaret Qualley (Sanctuary), Shailene Woodley (To Catch a Killer), Greta Lee (Past Lives), or Helen Mirren (Golda) on the list, but these movies came out too early in the year and SAG voters can’t see anything past the end of their nose (apparently). Honestly, whoever wins this one doesn’t really matter. Congrats to you, whatever winner.

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

OUR THOUGHTS…

Despite wanting to bathe ourselves in pink, we aren’t fans of Barbie. But Ryan Gosling was the Ken that every little girl wanted. He was soft hearted but strong, fun and funny. Ryan for the win, please.

Best Supporting Actress

Emily Blunt, Oppenheimer

Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple

America Ferrera, Barbie

Jodie Foster, Nyad

Da’Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers

OUR THOUGHTS…

Da’Vine had our hearts when her character took over DJ’ing duties at the Christmas party. She turned the NPC school lunch lady into a fully dimensional character whom we wanted to see overcome her losses and smile again. And the Oscar goes to…America, more likely, but our fingers are still crossed for lady Da’Vine. 

Original Screenplay

Anatomy of a Fall

The Holdovers

May December

Maestro

Past Lives

OUR THOUGHTS…

We absolutely loved Past Lives, but seeing as the movie was character driven and those accolades are attributed to actions rather than words, we don’t see how it’s deserving of an award for screen play.  Bottoms is probably seen more as a Razzies kind of move, but the screenplay was smart and snappy and should have at least gotten a mention here. What’s our prediction? The Holdovers, probably.

Adapted Screenplay

American Fiction

Oppenheimer

Poor Things

The Zone of Interest

OUR THOUGHTS…

Not even going to waste time thinking about this: Oppenheimer is getting this award. Carmen didn’t stand a chance…

Animated Feature

The Boy and the Heron

Elemental

Nimona

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Robot Dreams

OUR THOUGHTS…

Elemental is likely to walk away — it’s the only Disney movie on the list (AFAIK) and it pushed the boundaries of CGI with its AI-created flame and water animations. Spider-Man was also a visual feast, as was the unmentioned Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Production Design

Killers of the Flower Moon

Napoleon

Oppenheimer

Poor Things

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Costume Design

Killers of the Flower Moon

Napoleon

Oppenheimer

Poor Things

OUR THOUGHTS…

Argh. This list is so disappointing. Why wasn’t Beau Is Afraid on the list? Haunted Mansion? Dungeons & Dragons? Reinfeld? There were so many good movies with excellent costumes this year.

Cinematography

El Conde

Killers of the Flower Moon

Oppenheimer

Poor Things

Editing

Anatomy of a Fall

The Holdovers

Killers of the Flower Moon

Oppenheimer

Poor Things

Makeup and Hairstyling

Golda

Oppenheimer

Poor Things

Society of the Snow

OUR THOUGHTS…

Sure, give this one to Poor Things. We’re saying the same lines as for the Best Costumes category… Why wasn’t Beau Is Afraid on the list? Haunted Mansion? Dungeons & Dragons? Reinfeld? Nicholas Cage filed down his teeth for the role, for crying out loud. Come on, SAG…

Sound

The Creator

Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One

Oppenheimer

The Zone of Interest

OUR THOUGHTS…

Remember that deafening silence after the bomb goes off? Yeah, Oppenheimer. (How did the other movies even make this list. Nothing about The Creator was memorable…especially the sound. Golda should have gotten on this list, IMO.)

Visual Effects

The Creator

Godzilla Minus One

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One

Napoleon

OUR THOUGHTS…

Gran Turismo came out during the SAG strike, while voters were spending their time away from theaters. Cause if they had seen it, Gran Turismo would be on this list. So sorry, Sony. We hope Guardians walks away with an Oscar.

Original Score

American Fiction

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Oppenheimer

Poor Things

Original Song

The Fire Inside (Flamin’ Hot)

I’m Just Ken (Barbie)

It Never Went Away (American Symphony)

Wahzhazhe (A Song For My People) (Killers of the Flower Moon)

What Was I Made For? (Barbie)

OUR THOUGHTS…

We’re looking forward to I’m Just Ken winning this category, especially since we absolutely gagged at the montage that played while the song “What Was I made For?” played in Barbie. Ugh. As for the Flamin’ Hot nomination, it’s likely this was more of a polite gesture toward Eva Longoria than an actual accolade for the song. 

Documentary Feature

Bobi Wine: The People’s President

The Eternal Memory

Four Daughters

To Kill a Tiger

20 Days in Mariupol

OUR THOUGHTS…

We didn’t see any of these films, so we’re reserving comments on the nominees.

International Feature

The Teachers’ Lounge, Germany

Io Capitano, Italy

Perfect Days, Japan

Society of the Snow, Spain

The Zone of Interest, United Kingdom

OUR THOUGHTS…

We didn’t see any of these films, so we’re reserving comments on the nominees. However, we would have liked to see Beasts on the list. That’s a hard movie to forget, so we’re guessing the SAG voters didn’t get a chance to see it in theaters. 

Animated Short

Letter to a Pig

Ninety-Five Senses

Our Uniform

Pachyderme

War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko

OUR THOUGHTS…

We didn’t see any of these films, so we’re reserving comments. Best of luck of all the nominees!

Documentary Short

The ABCs of Book Banning

The Barber of Little Rock

Island in Between

The Last Repair Shop

Nai Nai & Wai Po

OUR THOUGHTS…

We didn’t see any of these films, so we’re reserving comments. Best of luck of all the nominees!

Live-Action Short

The After

Invincible

Knight of Fortune

Red, White and Blue

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

OUR THOUGHTS…

We didn’t see any of these films, so we’re reserving comments. Best of luck of all the nominees!

Alternate Breakdown

Let’s look at the nominations based on movie…

AMERICAN FICTION
5 NOMINATIONS

Best Picture
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actor
Adapted Screenplay
Original Score

BARBIE
9 NOMINATIONS

Best Picture
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Adapted Screenplay
Production Design
Costume Design
Editing
Original Song (two nominations)

THE HOLDOVERS
5 NOMINATIONS

Best Picture
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Original Screenplay
Editing

KILLERS of the Flower MOON
9 NOMINATIONS

Best Picture
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Production Design
Costume Design
Cinematography
Original Score
Original Song

MAESTRO
7 NOMINATIONS

Best Picture
Best Actor
Best Actress
Original Screenplay
Cinematography
Makeup and Hairstyling
Sound

OPPENHEIMER
12 NOMINATIONS

Best Picture
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Adapted Screenplay
Production Design
Costume Design
Cinematography
Editing
Makeup and Hairstyling
Sound

POOR THINGS
11 Nominations

Best Picture
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Adapted Screenplay
Production Design
Costume Design
Cinematography
Editing
Makeup and Hairstyling
Original Score

Zone of Interest
5 Nominations

Best Picture
Best Director
Adapted Screenplay
Sound
International Feature

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