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 By Katie Sterling


On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their nominations for the 96th Oscars – the awards show with perhaps the most coveted statue of them all. Per usual, there were snubs, there were surprises, and Spielberg once again broke records. 

While many look to the winners of the Golden Globes to determine who might take home the Academy Award, the annual show has proved that it can be a night full of surprises. While the 96th Oscars won’t be televised until March 10, and hosted by the always comedic Jimmy Kimmel, it’s never too early to start thinking of those Oscar ballots. Who will win? Who should win? Some may even say, “Who cares?” 

Oppen-heimer leads the nominations with a total of 13, followed by Poor Things with 11, Killers of the Flower Moon with 10 and Barbie with eight. While the list of nominees and categories is extensive, below are some of the top awards with speculation as to who may win.

Best Picture

American Fiction

Anatomy of a Fall – won GG for Best Motion Picture Non-English Language and Best Screenplay

Barbie – won GG for Cinematic and Box Office Achievement (Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie were both snubbed for Director and Lead Actress, although Ryan Gosling got nominated for Best Actor soooo basically life imitating Barbie art?)

The Holdovers

Killers of the Flower Moon

Maestro – this is where Spielberg breaks records – he has been a producer on 13 films that have all been nominated for Best Picture

Oppenheimer – won GG for Best Motion Picture, Drama – likely to take home the Oscar

Past Lives

Poor Things – won GG for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

The Zone of Interest  

Best Directing

Justine Triet, Anatomy of a Fall

Martin Scorsese, Killers of the Flower Moon – most nominated living director

Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer – won GG for Best Director and will most likely win the Oscar.

Yorgos Lanthimos, Poor Things

Jonathan Glazer, The Zone of Interest

(The exclusion of Greta Gerwig is perhaps the biggest snub audiences have declared regarding this year’s nominations).

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Bradley Cooper – Maestro

Colman Domingo – Rustin

Paul Giamatti – The Holdovers – if Murphy doesn’t win, it’s Giamatti as a very very close second

Cillian Murphy – Oppenheimer – won GG, will most likely win Oscar – many were shocked Leo DiCaprio was snubbed in this category

Jeffrey Wright – American Fiction

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Annette Bening – Nyad

Lily Gladstone – Killers of the Flower Moon – won the GG, will most likely win the Oscar (fun fact: if she does, she fulfills her high school superlative of “Most Likely to Win an Oscar”)

Sandra Huller – Anatomy of a Fall

Carey Mulligan – Maestro

Emma Stone – Poor Things – the second “Stone” to potentially steal it (again, many were shocked Margot Robbie was robbed of a nomination for playing the titular character of perhaps the biggest box office movie of the year, Barbie)

Best Actor

 in a Supporting Role

Sterling K Brown – American Fiction

Robert De Niro – Killers of the Flower Moon

Robert Downey Jr – Oppenheimer – won the GG

Ryan Gosling – Barbie

Mark Ruffalo – Poor Things

(It wouldn’t be surprising if this came down to the two Roberts…however, given how the Barbie nominations have gone, it wouldn’t be totally shocking if Ken took home the prize)

Best Actress

 in  a Supporting Role

Emily Blunt, Oppenheimer

Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple

America Ferrera, Barbie

Jodie Foster, Nyad

Da’Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers – won the GG and the Oscar is most certainly hers.

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