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Oppenheimer Dominates 2024 Oscars - An Evening Recap

Updated: Mar 15

Lauren Sellman, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Host Jimmy Kimmel giving his opening speech at the 2024 Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo//Reuters. 

The 96th Academy Awards ceremony occurred on March 10 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The event was televised live worldwide on ABC. 

Oppenheimer won best picture at the 2024 Oscars this year, taking home a total of seven awards throughout the night. The film was voted ahead with 13 nominations and has remained in the lead since voting began last fall. Best Director was awarded to Christopher Nolan, Cillian Murphy won Best Actor, and Robert Downey Jr. won Best Supporting Actor. 

Emma Stone won Best Actress for her performance in the 2023 period drama, Poor Things. The film had a total of 11 nominations and also won best costume design, production design, and makeup and hairstyling. Stone elegantly accepted the award despite dealing with a wardrobe malfunction resulting in a rip in the back of her Louis Vuitton mermaid gown. She announces to the other nominees for Best Actress, raising her award, “I share this with you.”

Ryan Gosling performing the nominated original song, “I’m Just Ken” at the 2024 Academy Awards. Photo //ABC News. 

Barbie made an appearance at the event with eight nominations. Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell won Best Original Song for “What Was I Made For?” Despite not winning an Oscar, Ryan Gosling put on an exciting performance of “I’m Just Ken," which was also nominated for Best Original Song. The performance was backed up by other co-stars from the movie such as Simu Liu and Scott Evans, as Gosling was lifted into the air surrounded by giant “Barbie” face cutouts. 

Da’Vine Joy Randolph won Best Supporting Actress for the comedy released earlier this year, The Holdovers

Justine Triet and Arthur Harari won Best Original Screenplay for Anatomy of a Fall

Rather than having one person present each winner as it has been done in the past, the ceremony included five past Oscar winners on stage (Nicholas Cage, Matthew McConaughey, Brendan Fraser, Ben Kingsley, and Forest Whitaker). They introduced each of the nominees and offered heartfelt speeches praising the performances of each winner. 

This is the fourth time Jimmy Kimmel has hosted the Oscars, and he delivered a casual and confident set that lightly pokes fun at some of the nominees and underperforming films of the year.

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