The countdown to the announcement of the 96th Academy Award nominations has begun, sparking much excitement and speculation in the world of cinema. With several standout films expected to receive multiple nominations, this year’s Oscars are shaping up to be a memorable event. In this article, we provide an overview of potential frontrunners in various categories, discuss the changes in nomination rules, and showcase how fans are engaging with this year’s nominees.
Main Contenders for Best Picture
Films such as Barbie, Oppenheimer, Poor Things, The Holdovers, and Killers of the Flower Moon have been making headlines as possible heavyweights in the best picture category. These movies can attribute a substantial part of their success to gripping storylines, stellar performances, and remarkable direction. In addition to these frontrunners, other films gaining attention include Anatomy of a Fall, Maestro, The Zone of Interest, Past Lives, and American Fiction.
Thanks to a rule change implemented a few years back, there are now 10 guaranteed slots available for best picture nominations, making room for a diverse array of films to contend for the prestigious title.
The “Barbenheimer” Phenomenon
A fascinating aspect of this year’s anticipation surrounding the Oscars is the emergence of the so-called “Barbenheimer” phenomenon. Fueling the hype around the award show, fans booked tickets to see both Barbie and Oppenheimer on the same day, creating a unique cinematic crossover experience. This catchy trend has contributed to making the Oscars more accessible and interactive for viewers worldwide.
Competitive Races for Best Actor and Actress Nominations
As for the best actor category, there’s no shortage of exceptional talent vying for a nomination. High-profile contenders include Rustin’s Colman Domingo, Jeffrey Wright, Leonardo DiCaprio, Barry Keoghan, Zac Efron, and Andrew Scott. The race for the best actress award is similarly cutthroat, with likely nominees featuring Sandra Hüller and Carey Mulligan, Margot Robbie (for Barbie), Greta Lee (for Past Lives), Fantasia Barrino, and Cailee Spaeny.
Nomination Announcement Details and Viewing Options
The nominations for the 96th Academy Awards will be officially announced on Tuesday, January 23rd. Zazie Beetz from “The Joker” and Jack Quaid from “Oppenheimer” will reveal the nominees live from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles at 8:30 a.m. ET/5:30 a.m. PT. All 23 categories will be declared in two separate groups; supporting actor, supporting actress, and screenplay being unveiled first, followed by the best director and best picture approximately ten minutes later.
- For those who want to catch the nominations announcement live, there are several streaming options available:
- Global platforms such as , , and the Academy’s digital platforms
- National broadcast and streaming news programs like ABC’s Good Morning America, ABC News Live, and Disney+
Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 10th at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, when the 96th Academy Awards ceremony takes place at the Dolby Theater.
Reflecting on Last Year’s Oscars
To wrap up our anticipation for this year’s event, let us briefly revisit the successes of last year’s awards. A24’s “Everything Everywhere All At Once” proved itself an absolute powerhouse, victorious in multiple categories that included best supporting actress, best supporting actor, best actress, best original screenplay, best director, and ultimately, best picture.
The Prestige of Oscar Recognition
In conclusion, amid the excitement and speculation surrounding the 2024 Oscar nominations, one salient fact remains unchanged—the honor bestowed upon those who receive a nomination is unparalleled. Derived from years of hard work, passion, and dedication to their craft, these actors, directors, writers, and filmmakers stand proud as they await the fulfillment of their dreams at the Academy Awards.