The 2024 Oscar nominations were announced earlier today by actors Zazie Beetz and Jack Quaid in a livestream event. As with every year, there were both some surprise nominations as well as some big snubs for films and actors who were expected to be recognized.
Overview of Major Categories
Some of the key nominations in the major categories like Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress are:
- Best Picture – Babylon, The Banshees of Inisherin, Elvis, Everything Everywhere All At Once, The Fabelmans, Tar, Top Gun: Maverick, Women Talking
- Best Director – Sarah Polley for Women Talking, Baz Luhrmann for Elvis, The Daniels for Everything Everywhere All At Once, Steven Spielberg for The Fabelmans, Todd Field for Tár
- Best Actor – Austin Butler for Elvis, Colin Farrell for The Banshees of Inisherin, Brendan Fraser for The Whale, Bill Nighy for Living, Adam Sandler for Hustle
- Best Actress – Cate Blanchett for Tár, Ana de Armas for Blonde, Danielle Deadwyler for Till, Michelle Williams for The Fabelmans, Michelle Yeoh for Everything Everywhere All At Once
Overall, Everything Everywhere All At Once led the nominations with 11 nods including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress and nominations in many technical categories. The Banshees of Inisherin and All Quiet on the Western Front followed with 9 nominations each.
Some other top nominated films included Elvis and The Fabelmans with 8 nominations each, Tár and Top Gun: Maverick with 7 each, Avatar: The Way of Water and Women Talking with 6 each.
In terms of nominations by studio, Searchlight Pictures came out on top with 20 nominations, followed by A24 with 19 and Warner Bros with 17.
There were quite a few surprising snubs this year, where films or actors expected to get nominated did not make the cut.
Some of the biggest snubs:
- Tom Cruise – Despite being considered a likely Best Actor nominee for his role in Top Gun: Maverick, Cruise did not get an acting nomination
- Viola Davis for The Woman King – Davis was expected to be nominated for Best Actress but missed out
- Daniel Craig for Glass Onion – Craig failed to get a Best Supporting Actor nod
- She Said for Best Picture – The Harvey Weinstein film was predicted as a likely Best Picture nominee but did not make the cut
On the flip side, there were also some pleasant surprises with nominations that were not widely expected:
- Andrea Riseborough for Best Actress – In a huge surprise, Riseborough received a nomination for indie film To Leslie despite very little awards campaigning
- Adam Sandler for Best Actor – Sandler gets his first ever Oscar acting nomination for sports drama Hustle
- Sarah Polley for Best Director – Polley gets nominated for directing Women Talking, beating out veterans like Spielberg and Field
- Jack Huston for Poor Things – A surprise Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance in the genre-bending film
This year’s nominations showed decent diversity among the acting nominees:
- 5 nominees of color among 20 acting nominations
- Co-lead nomination for Michelle Yeoh, second Asian woman after Merle Oberon (1936)
- Second Latina Best Actress nominee after Fernanda Montenegro (1999)
However, there was less diversity among best director nominees:
- All 5 director nominees are white
- Continues trend of only 2 non-white directing nominees in 96 years – Ang Lee and Alfonso Cuaron
So progress but still work needed on the directing side.
With nominations announced, the focus now shifts to the final voting process where Academy members will pick the winners. Voting begins on Thursday, March 2 and ends on Tuesday, March 7.
The award ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 12 hosted by late night host Jimmy Kimmel for the third time. It remains to be seen if he manages any viral stunts this time around!
So over the next few weeks, expect intense campaigning from studios to influence voters and some tight races in top categories like Best Picture and acting awards. With many veterans versus fresh newcomers nominated, it promises to be an exciting end to the long awards season!
Here is a summary table with statistics on nominations by film:
|Everything Everywhere All At Once
|The Banshees of Inisherin
|All Quiet on the Western Front
|Top Gun: Maverick
|Avatar: The Way of Water
So Everything Everywhere All At Once leads with 11 nominations but faces stiff competition from other top nominees like Banshees and Fabelmans for key categories like Best Picture and Director.
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