Oppenheimer leads Oscar nominations – with big nods for Barbie too | Ents & Arts News

Jan 23, 2024 | Entertainment, News

Oppenheimer leads the nominations for this year’s Oscars – with big nods also for box-office rival Barbie.

Christopher Nolan’s epic exploring the true story of the first atomic bomb is up for 13 Oscars, including best director and best picture, while Greta Gerwig’s feminist take on Barbie has eight nods, including best picture.

The two polar opposite films sparked the Barbenheimer phenomenon when they were both released on the same day in July last year, with many viewers watching them back-to-back. While both were huge hits, it was Barbie that won the box office battle, going on to bring in more than $1bn – and fans have this year been following their progress throughout awards season.

Emma Stone in Poor Things. Pic: Yorgos Lanthimos/Searchlight Pictures
Emma Stone has already received a Golden Globe for her performance in Poor Things. Pic: Yorgos Lanthimos/Searchlight Pictures

In the best picture category, they are up against American Fiction, Anatomy Of A Fall, The Holdovers, Killers Of The Flower Moon, Maestro, Past Lives, Poor Things and The Zone Of Interest.

Oppenheimer stars Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr and Emily Blunt are all up for acting awards, and Barbie’s Ryan Gosling and America Ferrera are also in the running – but Margot Robbie did not make the best actress shortlist.

Stars including Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro are also up for acting prizes, with Carey Mulligan and Blunt representing the British hopefuls.

The big nominees:

  • Oppenheimer – 13
  • Poor Things – 11
  • Killers Of The Flower Moon – 10
  • Barbie – 8
  • Maestro – 7

With Hollywood back on track after a tricky period that saw both actors and writers’ striking in 2023, the Oscars ceremony in March will celebrate the best films of the year.

Oppenheimer’s success in the Oscars race comes just days after it dominated the shortlists for the BAFTAs, and following big wins at the Golden Globes at the beginning of January.

For Irish actor Murphy, who plays J Robert Oppenheimer, it is his first Academy Award nod. Nolan has previously received nominations for Inception, Memento and Dunkirk, but a triumph in 2024 would be his first Oscar.

Read more:
When Barbie took over the world

‘The destroyer of worlds’ who built the atomic bomb
Poor Things to Saltburn: Get ready for sex on screen

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