The 2024 Oscar nominations could program a blockbuster telecast

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The Future. The Academy Award nominations brought plenty of drama yesterday, with Oppenheimer, Poor Things, Barbie, Maestro, and Killers of the Flower Moon scoring the majority of the nominations. As Oppenheimer and Barbie, two of the biggest blockbusters of 2023, will compete in multiple categories, expect this year’s Oscars telecast to have its biggest ratings bump in a decade.

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The Oscar noms announcement — the first since the debut of new representation and inclusion standards — came with a bevy of headlines, records, and firsts.

  • Oppenheimer led the pack with 13 nominations — just shy of the record 14 held by All About Eve, Titanic,and La La Land.
  • Lily Gladstone became the first Native American acting nominee ever with her Best Actress nod for Killers of the Flower Moon.
  • Speaking of Flower Moon, Martin Scorsese became the living director with the most Oscar nominations ever (ten!), surpassing his buddy Steven Spielberg.
  • It was also the first time that three of the Best Picture nominees (Barbie, Anatomy of a Fall, and Past Lives) were directed by women.
  • And John Williams nabbed his 54th Best Original Score nomination for his work on Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, taking him one step closer to matching Walt Disney’s most-Oscar-nominated-person record of 59.

Of course, all eyes will be on the battle between Oppenheimer and Barbie (which has eight nominations, including Best Picture). Considering how Barbenheimer blew up the box office and became a cultural phenomenon, fans may turn out en masse to watch these movies compete onstage at LA’s Dolby Theatre.

That’s a win for Hollywood.

David Vendrell

Born and raised a stone’s-throw away from the Everglades, David left the Florida swamp for the California desert. Over-caffeinated, he stares at his computer too long either writing the TFP newsletter or screenplays. He is repped by Anonymous Content.


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