All the Academy Award winners and nominees from the 2024 Oscars ceremony

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Wenlei Ma
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Ryan Gosling performs his iconic I'm Just Ken at the Oscars.

Oppenheimer was the dominant winner of the 2024 Oscars with seven trophies including best picture, director for Christopher Nolan, actor for Cillian Murphy and supporting actor for Robert Downey Jr.

In his acceptance speech for the directing gong, Nolan paid tribute to the art of cinema. “I just want to say movies are just a little bit over 100 years old. Imagine being there 100 years into painting or theatre.

“We don’t know where this incredible journey is going from here. But to know that you think I am a meaningful part of it means the world to me.”

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Poor Things also had an incredible showing with Emma Stone picking up the award for best actress as well as three technical victories in make-up, production design and costumes.

Stone took a wardrobe mishap in her stride when she collected her award, and emphasised in her speech that it was a collective effort. “It’s not about me. It’s about a team that came together to make something greater than some of its parts. And that is the best part about making movies.

“It’s all of us together, and I am so deeply honoured to share this with every cast member, with every crew member, with every single person who poured their love and their care and their brilliance into their care and their brilliance into the making of this film and [director] Yorgos [Lanthimos], thank you for the gift of a lifetime in Bella Baxter. I am forever thankful to you.”

The other multiple winner was Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest, which picked up international feature and sound. The film is set during World War II and is centred on the family of the commandant of Auschwitz. Glazer, who is Jewish, spoke about the current conflict in Gaza.

“Our film shows where dehumanisation leads,” he said. “It shaped our past and present. Right now we stand here as men who refute their Jewishness in a Holocaust that has led to conflict for so many innocent people. Whether the victims of October 7 in Israel or the ongoing attack in Gaza, all the victims of this dehumanisation, how do we resist?”

Other winners included American Fiction (adapted screenplay), Anatomy of a Fall (original screenplay), Barbie (song) and Godzilla Minus One (visual effects).

Filmmaker Wes Anderson also won his first Oscar after seven previous nominations for his live action short, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar. The France-based director was not present.

On a lighter note, Ryan Gosling’s rousing performance of I’m Just Ken may have elevated this Oscars ceremony to be the best in its history.

Bedazzled in a glittery pink suit and with the gung-ho energy of someone aware of the full power of his irrepressible charisma, Gosling took to the stage for his crowd-favourite song.

And he brought on Guns N’ Roses’ Slash as a surprise guest, along with his Barbie co-stars Simu Liu, Kingsley Ben-Adir and Ncuti Gatwa in an elaborately choreographed, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes-inspired spectacle. The audience was on its feet, as were, one imagines, everyone around the world watching on TV.

Earlier, Jimmy Kimmel opened the show with a set which playfully riffed the assembled celebrities including Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling winning the genetic lottery and Robert Downey Jr’s comeback from his drug addiction.

One of the sharpest lines was aimed at Robert De Niro after Kimmel pointed out that both he and Jodie Foster were nominated tonight, as they were for Taxi Driver in 1976.

“In 1976, Jodie Foster was young enough to be his daughter, now she’s 20 years too old to be his girlfriend.” Foster enthusiastically nodded from the audience.

Kimmel also acknowledged the strikes of the past year, and celebrated the solidarity of the Hollywood unions (except for the directors, which Kimmel pointed out had “folded immediately”).

Later in the ceremony, a near-naked John Cena handed out the award for best costumes, in a call back to the infamous streaker incident at the 1974 ceremony. There were also nostalgic reunions with Michael Keaton and Catherine O’Hara from Beetlejuice and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito from Twins.

Going into the ceremony, Nolan’s Oppenheimer was far and away the frontrunner with its 13 nominations and ended up taking out seven in total.

Poor Things (11 nominations), Killers of the Flower Moon (9) and Barbie (8) were the films that provided the most competition.

In terms of records, there are three women directors whose films have been nominated for best picture (Celine Song for Past Lives, Greta Gerwig for Barbie and Justine Triet for Anatomy of a Fall).

Margot Robbie stars in Barbie
Will Margot Robbie and Barbie pull off a shock upset? Credit: Warner Bros

There were several Australians in the running, including beloved screenwriter Tony McNamara, who was in the running for best adapted screenplay for his eviscerating wit in Poor Things. There was, of course, Margot Robbie, who was nominated as a producer for Barbie, a genuine cultural phenomenon and the highest-grossing movie of 2023 which had a global box office of $US1.44 billion.

Lesser-known but no less worthy were Sara McFarlane and Nicky Bentham, who were both nominated as producers in the live-action short categories, for Red, White and Blue and The After, respectively.

BEST PICTURE

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

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Annette Bening, Nyad
  • Lily Gladstone, Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Sandra Hüller, Anatomy of a Fall
  • Carey Mulligan, Maestro
  • Emma Stone, Poor Things - WINNER

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Bradley Cooper, Maestro
  • Colman Domingo, Rustin
  • Paul Giamatti, The Holdovers
  • Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer - WINNER
  • Jeffrey Wright, American Fiction

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

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

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Sterling K. Brown (American Fiction)
  • Robert De Niro (Killers of the Flower Moon)
  • Robert Downey Jr. (Oppenheimer) - WINNER
  • Ryan Gosling (Barbie)
  • Mark Ruffalo (Poor Things)

BEST DIRECTOR

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

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

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

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

  • The Teachers’ Lounge, Germany
  • Io Capitano, Italy
  • Perfect Days, Japan
  • Society of the Snow, Spain
  • The Zone of Interest, United Kingdom - WINNER

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Anatomy of a Fall - WINNER
  • The Holdovers
  • Maestro
  • May December
  • Past Lives

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • American Fiction - WINNER
  • Barbie
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things
  • The Zone of Interest

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

  • American Fiction
  • Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Oppenheimer - WINNER
  • Poor Things

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

  • The Fire Inside, from Flamin’ Hot
  • I’m Just Ken, from Barbie
  • It Never Went Away, from American Symphony
  • Wahzhazhe (A Song for My People), Killers of the Flower Moon
  • What Was I Made For?, from Barbie - WINNER

BEST FILM EDITING

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

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

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

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

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

BEST SOUND

  • The Creator
  • Maestro
  • Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
  • Oppenheimer
  • The Zone of Interest - WINNER

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

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

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

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

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

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

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

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

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

  • Letter to a Pig
  • Ninety-Five Senses
  • Our Uniform
  • Pachyderme
  • War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko - WINNER

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM

  • The After
  • Invincible
  • Knight of Fortune
  • Red, White and Blue
  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar - WINNER

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

  • The ABCs of Book Banning
  • The Barber of Little Rock
  • Island In Between
  • The Last Repair Shop - WINNER
  • Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó

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