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The 2024 Oscars Unfold

 

Killers of the Flower Moon and Maestro suffered shutouts despite multiple nominations.
Martin Scorsese’s 0-10 Oscar record with three films is baffling for such a revered director.

The 2024 Oscars were a predictable affair, with Oppenheimer sweeping the night with seven wins. Emma Stone‘s victory for Best Actress in Poor Things! over Lily Gladstone‘s historic bid for Killers of the Flower Moon was a surprise. Cillian Murphy‘s win for Oppenheimer in the Best Actor category was expected, though Paul Giamatti posed a strong challenge in The Holdovers.

Supporting Actor and Actress awards were hardly surprises, with Robert Downey Jr. and Da’Vine Joy Randolph being clear favorites for their roles in Oppenheimer and The Holdovers, respectively. Billie Eilish and Finneas‘s song “What Was I Made For?” from Barbie was a shoo-in for Best Original Song.

However, not all went as expected. Killers of the Flower Moon and Maestro suffered shutouts despite multiple nominations. Martin Scorsese‘s 0-10 Oscar record with three films is baffling for such a revered director. Bradley Cooper‘s directorial efforts also faced disappointment, mirroring his previous experience with A Star Is Born.

Barbie, despite its commercial success, only managed one win from its eight nominations

The Japanese film The Boy and the Heron surprisingly beat out Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse for Best Animated Feature, marking Hayao Miyazaki‘s second win in the category.

Barbie, despite its commercial success, only managed one win from its eight nominations, highlighting the disconnect between box office triumphs and Oscar recognition.

In a close competition, The Zone of Interest not only won the award for Best International Feature Film but also clinched the Sound award, surpassing Oppenheimer and preventing the latter from achieving a clear victory with eight Oscars.

The importance of this recognition is underscored by recent performances such as that of Messi the dog, who starred in Anatomy of a Fall, captivating audiences with his raw emotion and nuanced portrayal. Such performances demonstrate the depth of talent and emotion that animal actors bring to the screen, deserving of formal acknowledgment and celebration.

On  his  speech  for War  is Over‘s  winning  as  Best  Short Animation,

Sean Lennon, co-writer of the animation (inspired by his father’s song), sends warm wishes to his mother Yoko Ono for Mother’s Day (March 10). He asks the audience to celebrate both Mother’s Day and Yoko Ono’s 91st birthday (occurred on February 18, 2024).

 

In conclusion, the time has come to honor the remarkable talents of our beloved animal actors with an Academy Award for Best Animal Actor. By doing so, we not only celebrate their contributions to the art of cinema but also reaffirm our appreciation for the diverse forms of life that enrich our storytelling experiences. After all, in the world of cinema, every performer deserves their moment in the spotlight, regardless of species.