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2024 Oscar Winners: Celebrating Excellence in Film

### 2024 Oscar Winners: Celebrating Excellence in Film

The 96th Academy Awards, held on March 10, 2024, celebrated the best in film for the past year. The night was filled with memorable moments, emotional speeches, and a few surprises. Here is a detailed look at the major winners and highlights of the 2024 Oscars.

#### Best Picture: "Oppenheimer"

Christopher Nolan’s "Oppenheimer" took home the prestigious Best Picture award. This biographical drama about J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, was praised for its compelling storytelling, direction, and performances. The film triumphed over a strong lineup of nominees including "American Fiction", "Anatomy of a Fall", "Barbie", "The Holdovers", "Killers of the Flower Moon", "Maestro", "Past Lives", "Poor Things", and "Zone of Interest"【47†source】【48†source】.

#### Best Actor in a Leading Role: Cillian Murphy in "Oppenheimer"

Cillian Murphy’s portrayal of J. Robert Oppenheimer earned him the Oscar for Best Actor. His nuanced performance captured the complexities of the physicist's character, making it a standout in a year filled with exceptional male leads. Murphy's competitors included Bradley Cooper (*Maestro*), Colman Domingo (*Rustin*), Paul Giamatti (*The Holdovers*), and Jeffrey Wright (*American Fiction*)【47†source】【49†source】.

#### Best Actress in a Leading Role: Emma Stone in "Poor Things"

Emma Stone won Best Actress for her role in "Poor Things", a film that blends dark comedy with elements of science fiction. Stone’s performance was both powerful and delicate, showcasing her versatility as an actress. She was up against strong performances from Annette Bening (*Nyad*), Lily Gladstone (*Killers of the Flower Moon*), Sandra Hüller (*Anatomy of a Fall*), and Carey Mulligan (*Maestro*)【47†source】【49†source】.

#### Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Robert Downey Jr. in "Oppenheimer"

Robert Downey Jr. won his first Oscar for his supporting role in "Oppenheimer". Downey’s portrayal of Lewis Strauss, a key figure in Oppenheimer’s life, was both gripping and memorable. He bested other nominees such as Sterling K. Brown (*American Fiction*), Robert De Niro (*Killers of the Flower Moon*), Ryan Gosling (*Barbie*), and Mark Ruffalo (*Poor Things*)【47†source】【49†source】.

#### Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Da'Vine Joy Randolph in "The Holdovers"

Da'Vine Joy Randolph’s performance in "The Holdovers" earned her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Her role added depth and emotion to the film, making her a deserving winner. Randolph’s fellow nominees included Emily Blunt (*Oppenheimer*), Danielle Brooks (*The Color Purple*), America Ferrera (*Barbie*), and Jodie Foster (*Nyad*)【48†source】【49†source】.

#### Best Director: Christopher Nolan for "Oppenheimer"

Christopher Nolan’s masterful direction of "Oppenheimer" won him the Best Director award. Known for his meticulous attention to detail and innovative storytelling, Nolan’s win was celebrated by fans and critics alike. Other nominees in this category were Justine Triet (*Anatomy of a Fall*), Martin Scorsese (*Killers of the Flower Moon*), Yorgos Lanthimos (*Poor Things*), and Jonathan Glazer (*The Zone of Interest*)【47†source】【49†source】.

#### Best Animated Feature Film: "The Boy and the Heron"

Hayao Miyazaki’s "The Boy and the Heron" won Best Animated Feature Film, continuing the director’s legacy of creating captivating and visually stunning animated movies. The film beat out other strong contenders such as "Elemental", "Nimona", "Robot Dreams", and "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse"【48†source】.

#### Best International Feature Film: "The Zone of Interest" (UK)

"The Zone of Interest", representing the United Kingdom, won the Oscar for Best International Feature Film. This film, which explores the moral complexities of war, was praised for its powerful narrative and direction. It triumphed over "Io Capitano" (Italy), "Perfect Days" (Japan), "Society of the Snow" (Spain), and "The Teachers' Lounge" (Germany)【48†source】.

#### Best Original Screenplay: "Anatomy of a Fall"

"Anatomy of a Fall" won Best Original Screenplay, recognized for its intricate plot and well-crafted dialogue. The film stood out in a category that included "The Holdovers", "Maestro", "May December", and "Past Lives"【49†source】.

#### Best Adapted Screenplay: "American Fiction"

"American Fiction" took home the award for Best Adapted Screenplay, praised for its clever adaptation and engaging story. It beat "Barbie", "Oppenheimer", "Poor Things", and "The Zone of Interest" in this competitive category【48†source】【49†source】.

### Conclusion

The 2024 Oscars celebrated a wide range of films, highlighting both critical and commercial successes. "Oppenheimer" emerged as a significant winner, capturing major awards including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director. The diversity of films and performances recognized this year underscores the dynamic nature of the film industry and its capacity to tell powerful, varied stories.

For a complete list of winners and more details on the 96th Academy Awards, you can visit [Rotten Tomatoes]( and [Entertainment Tonight](

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