On January 23rd the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 96th Academy Awards. The Oscar winners will be announced at a live, televised ceremony from Hollywood on March 10. Scepticism on whether 2023 was the year of “Oppenheimer,” or “Barbie,” continues to paint the predictions of which movie is going to top the best movie category.
The highest-grossing Warner Bros’ movie that secured a worldwide Box Office collection of $1,441,820,453, produced on a budget of $145 million and directed by Greta Gerwig, has secured the Best Picture nomination. However, Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie both failed to secure a position for the Best Director and Best Actress list of nominees.
“Barbie” has received eight Academy Awards nominations and actor Ryan Gosling earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination.
The omission of Gerwig’s and Robbie’s names from the list sparked a wildfire of reaction including Ryan Gosling. He released a statement on Tuesday saying, “ There is no Ken without Barbie, and there is no Barbie movie without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie, the two people most responsible for this history-making, globally celebrated film.”
“Oppenheimer,” directed by Christopher Nolan, on the other hand, dominated the list securing 13 nominations, including the best picture. Christopher Nolan and Cillian Murphy are also in the line for best direction and best actor in a leading role.
In The New York Times, Kyle Buchanan wrote earlier this month, “When it comes to predicting the Oscars, you ultimately have to go with your gut… That’s what happens when there are simply too many good movies and great performances to all make the cut: Even the hypothetical snubs I’m about to dole out have me tied up in knots.”
2023 was the year of exemplary releases that followed the footsteps of the “Barbeinheimer” effect, and “Killers of the Flower Moon,” “The Holdovers” and “Poor Things,” all found their names in the Best Picture category and even in all big categories.
Here is the full list of nominees.