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  • Romy Kraus

Oscars 2024 - The Controversy: 'Barbie' Snub Sparks Debate on Academy Choices




It's that time of the year and the 2024 Oscar nominations after the event of 'Barbenheimer' were hotly anticipated - with both films scoring a Best Picture Nom.

However, Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie, significant contributors to "Barbie," were notably absent from the best director and best actress categories, despite the film's commercial success and critical acclaim. This exclusion sparked widespread debate, given the film's feminist themes and its box office triumph, making it a film that many had seen and discussed. With Ryan Gosling's (deserved) nomination as Best Supporting Actor, the


The nominations also highlight significant milestones and records. John Williams, at 91, extends his record for the most Oscar nominations by a living person with his 54th nomination. The film "Killers of the Flower Moon" has also brought accolades to its editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, who earns her ninth nomination for Best Film Editing, a record in this category.


This year's Oscars also stand out for the representation of female talent. Emma Stone, for instance, has been nominated for both Best Actress and Best Picture for "Poor Things," mirroring a similar achievement by Frances McDormand for "Nomadland" in 2021. Additionally, three female directors have seen their films receive Best Picture nominations: Greta Gerwig with "Barbie," Celine Song with "Past Lives," and Justine Triet with "Anatomy of a Fall."


The Best Sound and Best Visual Effects categories also bring first-time Academy Award recognition to the "Mission: Impossible" and "Godzilla" franchises.


These nominations reflect a broad spectrum of cinematic achievements, from groundbreaking performances and directorial feats to technical excellence and storytelling artistry, making the 2024 Oscars a celebration of diverse and impactful cinematic works


Here's a summarized list of nominees in key categories:


  • Best Picture:

  • "American Fiction"

  • "Anatomy of a Fall"

  • "Barbie"

  • "The Holdovers"

  • "Killers of the Flower Moon"

  • "Maestro"

  • "Oppenheimer"

  • "Past Lives"

  • "Poor Things"

  • "The Zone of Interest"

  • Best Actor:

  • Bradley Cooper, "Maestro"

  • Colman Domingo, "Rustin"

  • Paul Giamatti, "The Holdovers"

  • Cillian Murphy, "Oppenheimer"

  • Jeffrey Wright, "American Fiction"

  • 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"

  • 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"

  • 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"

  • Best Supporting Actress:

  • Emily Blunt, "Oppenheimer"

  • Danielle Brooks, "The Color Purple"

  • America Ferrera, "Barbie"

  • Jodie Foster, "Nyad"

  • Da'Vine Joy Randolph, "The Holdovers"

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