Oscars 2024: Barbie’s Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie miss key nominations

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Oscars 2024: Barbie’s Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie miss key nominations

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Box office smash Barbie has received eight Oscar nominations – but its star Margot Robbie and director Greta Gerwig were snubbed in some major categories.

Gerwig missed out on being recognised in best director, but a nomination for Anatomy of a Fall’s Justine Triet meant the line-up was not entirely male.

This is also the first year women have directed three best picture nominees.

Oppenheimer scored the most nominations overall, followed by Poor Things and Killers of the Flower Moon.

There were nods for Barbie’s star and director elsewhere – Gerwig was nominated for best adapted screenplay, while Robbie is recognised as a producer in the best picture line-up.

Barbie’s best picture nod also means Gerwig is the first woman to direct three films which have been nominated for the top prize, following Lady Bird and Little Women.

However, as Barbie was the highest-grossing film of 2023, taking $1.44bn (£1.14bn) worldwide, many expected Gerwig and Robbie to show up in the best director and best actress categories.

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While Robbie missed out on a best actress nod, her co-star America Ferrera scored a surprise supporting nod.

Ryan Gosling was nominated for best supporting actor, while two tracks from the film’s soundtrack were nominated for best original song.

But Oppenheimer led the field with 13 nominations. Christopher Nolan’s three-hour epic about theoretical physicist J Robert Oppenheimer was acclaimed by critics and a huge success at the box office.

Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt and Robert Downey Jr were nominated for acting prizes, and Nolan for best director.

British actress Emily Blunt, Irish actor Cillian Murphy and US actor Robert Downey Jr. arrives for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 14th Annual Governors Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles on January 9, 2024.

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Poor Things, about an infant whose brain has been transplanted into the body of a grown woman, was the second most nominated film, with 11 nods.

Killers of the Flower Moon, about an Osage tribe who are gradually murdered by white settlers who are after their oil, scored 10 nominations.

Maestro, a biopic about the composer Leonard Bernstein starring Bradley Cooper, received seven nominations.

Jimmy Kimmel will host the Oscars ceremony from Los Angeles on 10 March.

The top nominees:

  • 13 nominations – Oppenheimer
  • 11 – Poor Things
  • 10 – Killers of the Flower Moon
  • 8 – Barbie
  • 7 – Maestro
  • 5 – American Fiction, Anatomy of a Fall, The Holdovers, The Zone of Interest

Read more: Oscars 2024: The list of nominations

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For the first time in Oscar history, three of the best picture nominees were directed by women: Past Lives (directed by Celine Song), Barbie (Gerwig) and Anatomy of a Fall (Triet).

In a statement, Song said: “Thank you so much to the Academy for this tremendous recognition – it’s such an unbelievable honour. I am overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude. And for my first film… crazy.”

In a video posted on social media, Triet was seen celebrating and becoming emotional as she found out about her nominations.

The nominations also saw Killers of the Flower Moon star Lily Gladstone became the first ever Native American actress to be recognised, while Jodie Foster received her first nomination in nearly three decades for Nyad.

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Her co-star Robert De Niro broke the record of longest tune between first and most recent Oscar nominations – 49 years overtaking Katharine Hepburn’s previous record of 48.

A best international feature nomination for The Zone of Interest, which follows a German family who live next to the Auschwitz Nazi death camp, marks the UK’s first appearance in the category in 24 years.

Half of this year’s acting nominees are nominated for the first time.

Snubs and surprises

Lily Gladstone and Leonardo DiCaprio pose on the red carpet for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 14th Annual Governors Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles, California, USA, 09 January 2024

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In the leading actress category, there was recognition for Nyad star Annette Bening – whose nomination had been seen as an outside bet.

One of the biggest surprises in the acting categories was America Ferrera being nominated for her supporting performance in Barbie.

Her nomination was also seen as far from certain, but her monologue in the film about what it means to be a woman clearly connected with Academy voters.

May December struggled – receiving one nomination for original screenplay but missing out on acting nominations for its stars Julianne Moore, Charles Melton and Natalie Portman.

And there were no nominations whatsoever for All of Us Strangers or Saltburn, despite their strong performance at the Bafta nominations last week.

Far less surprising, but still notable, were Leonardo DiCaprio‘s absence from best actor for his role in Killers of the Flower Moon, and Poor Things star Willem DaFoe‘s miss in best supporting actor.

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Martin Scorsese secured his 10th nod for Killers of the Flower Moon, a record for a living director. But he has only won the award once, for 2007’s The Departed.

Meanwhile, 91-year-old composer John Williams achieved his 54th nomination for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. He is the second most-nominated person in Oscar history after Walt Disney, but has said the film will be his last major work.

Read more about the films in this year’s awards race:

  • Poor Things: Emma Stone: Sex scenes in Poor Things are ‘honest’
  • The Holdovers: The Holdovers: Could it be a new Christmas classic?
  • Barbie: Billie Eilish dedicates award to people struggling
  • Oppenheimer: Cillian Murphy film marches towards Oscars success
  • American Fiction: White audiences ‘too comfortable with black clichés’
  • Rustin: The gay civil rights activist history forgot
  • The Color Purple: Stars want to make Oprah proud
  • Nyad: Netflix film follows woman who braved sharks and jellyfish
  • Past Lives: The film on lost love that crosses continents
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage murders nearly erased from US history
  • May December: Film explores ‘disquieting moral ambiguity’
  • Society of the Snow: Society of the Snow film explores cannibalism and survival
  • Maestro: Why the Bradley Cooper nose row is complicated

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