A Gala of Foreseen Accolades at the 96th Academy Awards.

Hollywood, CA/ USA - July 26, 2018: Oscar golden award in a souvenir store on Hollywood Boulevard. Success and victory concept
Author Иль Гурн
Category Columnists, Culture, People, Town
Date March 13 2024
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A Gala of Foreseen Accolades at the 96th Academy Awards.

Even with outcomes that echoed predictions, the Oscars are firmly embedded in the modern cultural lexicon, symbolizing the grandeur of cinema, the brilliance of talent, the spectacle of fashion. The Oscars serve as a grand finale to a year’s artistic endeavours. The recent 96th Academy Awards, unfolded on the evening of March 10th in Los Angeles, delivered its customary blend of allure, amusement, and a very few surprises.

As the official photographers concluded their pre-ceremony pictorial marathons, the eventcommenced. Christopher Nolans Oppenheimerswiftly surged ahead of its fellow nominee heavyweight, Yorgos Lanthimoss Poor Things(13 nominations to 11). Ultimately, Oppenheimerclinched the seasons top honors (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography), and triumphed in four other categories (Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing, Best Music). Meanwhile, Poor Thingsgarnered a collection of accolades for its artistic vision, winning Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design. Emma Stone was lauded with the Best Actress Oscar for her exceptional portrayal of Bella Baxter.

The ceremonys next highlight was not another victory, nor Ryan Goslings musical performancewidely acclaimed as one of the ceremonys most unforgettable acts (regrettably, theres no separate accolade for such feats). Rather, it was the Academys oversight of Martin Scorseses Killers of the Flower Moonthat captured attention. Of course, Scorseses legacy in film is undisputed, and he might use his once-won statuette even to crack nuts, yetKillersstands out as a poignant piece in this age of historical introspection, meriting at least a few secondary honors.

Perhaps a similar theme echoed more vividly in Jonathan Glazers The Zone of Interest,which triumphed in the Best International Feature Filmand Best Soundcategories. Anatomy of a Fall,another standout of the European 2023 season, was honored for its original screenplay. Sandra Hüller, leading lady in both films, may have left without a golden souvenir from the USA, but her talent was undoubtedly noticed and earmarked by major Hollywood studios, reminiscent of the rise of Marion Cotillard and Christoph Waltz, who were once newcomers to the North American scene.

The Dolby Theatre, during the Oscars, offers an unparalleled stage for impactful declarations.This year, Mstislav Chernov delivered perhaps the most poignant message. Choking back emotion with the best documentary film statuette in hand, he expressed a willingness to trade Ukraines first Oscar for a world where 20 Days in Mariupolneed not be filmed. Jonathan Glazer brought attention to another military conflict, highlighting the grave repercussions of denying human rights to entire populations. Jeffrey Wright, star of American Pulp(Best Adapted Screenplay), advocated for the positive image of African American actors in his speech, while the charming DaVine Joy Randolph reflected on acceptance upon winning Best Supporting Actress for The Holdovers.

Amidst these profound moments, Jimmy Kimmel, in his fourth stint as host, interlaced the evening with his standard jokes, as if crafted by Hollywoods own AI. Of course, the razzle-dazzle, noise, luxury, spectacle, and pomp are inseparably associated with cinema, but when the garish outfits are put away, the jewels returned to their custodians, the statuettes placed on the nightstand, and the jesters fall asleep, theres a serene satisfaction in the retreat to cinemas essencepondering in solitude which works merit our undivided attention once the fanfare fades.

Heres the complete list of winners:

Best Picture: Oppenheimer
Best Director: Christopher Nolan [Oppenheimer]
Best Cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema[Oppenheimer]
Best Actor: Cillian Murphy [Oppenheimer]
Best Actress: Emma Stone [Poor Things]
Best International Feature Film: The Zone of Interest
Best Supporting Actor: Robert Downey Jr.[Oppenheimer]
Best Supporting Actress: DaVine Joy Randolph[The Holdovers]
Best Original Screenplay: Anatomy of a Fall
Best Adapted Screenplay: American Fiction
Best Original Score: Ludwig Göransson [Oppenheimer]
Best Original Song: What Was I Made For?music and lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas OConnell [Barbie]
Best Animated Feature Film: The Boy and the Heron
Best Documentary Feature: 20 Days in Mariupol
Best Costume Design: Poor Things
Best Production Design: Poor Things
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Poor Thing
Best Sound: The Zone of Interest
Best Film Editing: Oppenheimer
Best Documentary Short: The Last Repair Shop
Best Visual Effects: Godzilla Minus One
Best Live Action Short: The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
Best Animated Short Film: ‘War is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko