‘Oppenheimer’ Tops Winners List At 96th Academy Awards

March 11, 2024


John Latchem, Media Play News

Universal Pictures’ Oppenheimer capped a dominant awards season run by taking home seven Oscars at the 96th Academy Awards ceremony March 10 in Los Angeles.

In addition to winning Best Picture, the biopic about “father of the atomic bomb” J. Robert Oppenheimer won Best Director for Christopher Nolan, Best Actor for Cillian Murphy, Best Supporting Actor for Robert Downey Jr., Best Original Score, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.

Oppenheimer’s seven wins equals the haul of last year’s top winner, Everything Everywhere All of Once. It had received a total of 13 nominations to lead all films heading into the night.

The Best Picture win completes an awards season sweep that included top prizes at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards and the BAFTAs, as well as the awards from the Screen Actors Guild, Producers Guild and Directors Guild of America. (The Writers Guild doesn’t announce their winners until April 14, though Oppenheimer isn’t expected to win.) 

The film is widely available on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Disc, through digital retailers and for streaming on Peacock.

The other half of the “Barbenheimer” equation, Warner’s Barbie, took home just a single trophy, winning Best Original Song for “What Was I Made For?” by Billie Eilish and her brother, Finneas O’Connell.

Searchlight’s Poor Things won four Oscars, led by Emma Stone for Best Actress, her second Oscar after 2016’s La La Land. It also won Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design. The film is now streaming on Hulu and arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 12.

The Best Supporting Actress Oscar was awarded to Da’Vine Joy Randolph for Universal’sThe Holdovers, capping off a dominant awards run of her own.

A24’s The Zone of Interest, a tale of a family’s apathy living near a concentration camp presented primarily won two awards — Best International Film and Best Sound. The film represented the United Kingdom but is presented in German, Polish and Yiddish.

Rounding out the feature awards, Studio Ghibli’s The Boy and the Heron won Best Animated Feature Film; Best Documentary Feature went to 20 Days in Mariupol, which is available through PBS; Best Original Screenplay went to the French film Anatomy of a Fall; Best Adapted Screenplay went to MGM’s American Fiction; and Best Visual Effects went to Japan’s Godzilla Minus One.

In the short-film categories, Best Live Action Short Film was given to Wes Anderson’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (available on Netflix), Best Animated Short Film went to War Is Over!, and Best Documentary Short Subject went to The Last Repair Shop.

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