Oppenheimer dominates the Academy Awards, Barbie snubbed

Christopher Nolan's masterpiece wins 7 Oscars, Poor Things surprises, big disappointment for Barbie

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Oppenheimer dominates the Academy Awards, Barbie snubbed
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The audience at the Los Angeles Dolby Theater on the 10th, where the ceremony of the 96th edition of the Academy Awards recently concluded, basically celebrated the two big winners: Oppenheimer and Poor Things.

Christopher Nolan's masterpiece dominated with 7 Oscars, the splendid film with Emma Stone (best actress) won 4. The disappointment was all for Barbie, who won only one Academy and who was snubbed by the jury.

Right like this? Yes, in my opinion. Oppenheimer and Poor Things, albeit for different reasons, have everything that Barbie was missing. Depth, wit, scenographic rendering, interpretations. Barbie is an excellent film, but, in my opinion, its plot, its screenplay, its performances, although of an excellent level, do not stand up to the comparison with Oppenheimer and Poor Thing, nor in my opinion with Anatomie d'une chute, the Holdovers and the Zone of Interest.

A brilliant film, which with social themes like those of Barbie, is captivating, certainly entertaining, but what it lacked, outside of the trending theme and the importance of equality and gender parity, was precisely the thickness of the layer. Dealing with an important topic does not necessarily mean having generated a superior product. Very nice, yes, but the winners of the Academy Awards deserved it.

Best picture

Oppenheimer, directed by Christopher Nolan
American Fiction, directed by Cord Jefferson
Anatomie d'une chute, directed by Justine Triet
Barbie, directed by Greta Gerwig
The Holdovers, directed by Alexander Payne
Killers of the Flower Moon, directed by Martin Scorsese
Maestro, directed by Bradley Cooper
Past Lives, directed by Celine Song
Poor Things, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
The Zone of Interest, directed by Jonathan Glazer

Christopher Nolan
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Best director

Christopher Nolan - Oppenheimer
Jonathan Glazer - The zone of interest
Yorgos Lanthimos - Poor Things
Justine Triet - Anatomie d'une chute
Martin Scorsese - Killers of the Flower Moon

Best Actor

Cillian Murphy - Oppenheimer
Bradley Cooper - Master
Colman Domingo - Rustin
Paul Giamatti - The Holdovers
Jeffrey Wright - American Fiction

Cillian Murphy
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Best Actress

Emma Stone - Poor Things
Annette Bening - Nyad
Lily Gladstone - Killers of the Flower Moon
Sandra Hüller - Anatomie d'une chute
Carey Mulligan - Master

Emma Stone
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Best Supporting Actor

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

Robert Downey Jr
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Best Supporting Actress

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

DaVine joy and Emma Stone
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Best Adapted Screenplay

Cord Jefferson - American Fiction
Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach - Barbie
Christopher Nolan - Oppenheimer
Tony McNamara - Poor Things
Jonathan Glazer - The Zone of Interest

Best Original Screenplay

Justine Triet and Arthur Harari - Anatomy of a Fall Anatomie d'une chut
David Hemingson - The Holdovers
Bradley Cooper and Josh Singer - Maestro
Samy Burch and Alex Mechanik - May December
Celine Song - Past Lives

Best international feature film

The Zone of Interest, directed by Jonathan Glazer (UK, Poland)
I Captain, directed by Matteo Garrone (Italy)
Perfect Days, directed by Wim Wenders (Japan, Germany)
La sociedad de la nieve, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (Spain)
Das Lehrerzimmer, directed by ?lker Çatak (Germany)

Best animated feature film

The Boy and the Heron (???????????, Kimi-tachi wa d? ikiru ka), directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson
Elemental, directed by Peter Sohn
Nimona, directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane
My Robot Friend, directed by Pablo Berger

Best Cinematography

Hoyte van Hoytema - Oppenheimer
Edward Lachman - El Conde
Rodrigo Prieto - Killers of the Flower Moon
Matthew Libatique - Master
Robbie Ryan - Poor Things

Best Production Design

James Price, Shona Heath and Zsuzsa Mihalek - Poor Things
Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer - Barbie
Jack Fisk and Adam Willis - Killers of the Flower Moon
Arthur Max and Elli Griff - Napoleon
Ruth de Jong and Claire Kaufmann - Oppenheimer

Best costumes

Holly Waddington - Poor Things
Jacqueline Durran - Barbie
Jacqueline West - Killers of the Flower Moon
Janty Yates and Dave Crossman - Napoleon
Ellen Mirojnick - Oppenheimer

Best makeup and hairstyle

Nadia Stacey, Mark Coulier and Josh Weston - Poor Things
Karen Hartley Thomas, Suzi Battersby and Ashra Kelly-Blue - Golda
Kazu Hiro, Kay Georgiou and Lori McCoy-Bell - Master
Luisa Abel - Oppenheimer
Ana López-Puigcerver, David Martí and Montse Ribé - La sociedad de la nieve

Better visual effects

Takashi Yamazaki, Kiyoko Shibuya, Masaki Takahashi and Tatsuji Nojima - Godzilla Minus One (???-1.0??????)
Jay Cooper, Ian Comley, Andrew Roberts and Neil Corbould - The Creator
Stephane Ceretti, Alexis Wajsbrot, Guy Williams and Theo Bialek - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 
Alex Wuttke, Simone Coco, Jeff Sutherland and Neil Corbould - Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning - Part One
Charley Henley, Luc Ewen, Martin Fenouillet, Simone Coco and Neil Corbould - Napoleon

Best editing

Jennifer Lame - Oppenheimer
Laurent Sénéchal - Anatomie d'une chute
Kevin Tent - The Holdovers - The Holdovers
Thelma Schoonmaker - Killers of the Flower Moon
Yorgos Mavropsaridis - Poor Things

Best sound

Tarn Willers and Johnnie Burn - The zone of interest
Ian Voigt, Erik Aadahl, Ethan Van Der Ryn, Tom Ozanich and Dean Zupancic - The Creator
Steven A. Morrow, Richard King, Jason Ruder, Tom Ozanich and Dean Zupancic - Maestro
Chris Munro, James H. Mather, Chris Burdon and Mark Taylor - Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning - Part One
Willie Burton, Richard King, Gary A. Rizzo and Kevin O'Connell - Oppenheimer

Best Original Score

Ludwig Göransson - Oppenheimer
Laura Karpman - American Fiction
John Williams - Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
Robbie Robertson - Killers of the Flower Moon
Jerskin Fendrix - Poor creatures! (Poor Things)

Best Original Song

What Was I Made For? (music and lyrics by Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell) - Barbie
The Fire Inside (music and lyrics by Diane Warren) - Flamin' Hot
I'm Just Ken (music and lyrics by Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt) - Barbie
It Never Went Away (music and lyrics by Jon Batiste and Dan Wilson) - American Symphony
Wahzhazhe (A Song for My People) (music and lyrics by Scott George) - Killers of the Flower Moon

Best Documentary

20 Days in Mariupol, directed by Mstyslav Chernov
Bobi Wine: The People's President, directed by Moses Bwayo and Christopher Sharp
The Eternal Memory, directed by Maite Alberdi
Les Filles d'Olfa, directed by Kaouther Ben Hania
To Kill a Tiger, directed by Nisha Pahuja

Best documentary short

The Last Repair Shop, directed by Kris Bowers and Ben Proudfoot
The ABCs of Book Banning, directed by Trish Adlesic, Nazenet Habtezghi and Sheila Nevins
The Barber of Little Rock, directed by John Hoffman and Christine Turner
Island in Between, directed by S. Leo Chiang
N?i Nai & Wài Pó, directed by Sean Wang

Best live action short film

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, directed by Wes Anderson
The After, directed by Misan Harriman
Invincible, directed by Vincent René-Lortie and Samuel Caron
Knight of Fortune, directed by Lasse Lyskjær Noer
Red, White and Blue, directed by Nazrin Choudhury and Sara McFarlane

Best animated short film

War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko, directed by Dave Mullins
Letter to a Pig, directed by Tal Kantor
Ninety-Five Senses, directed by Jared Hess and Jerusha Hess
Our Uniform, directed by Yegane Moghaddam
Pachyderme, directed by Stéphanie Clément

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