96th Oscars: Bradley Cooper Snubbed for Best Director – Again

Oppenheimer leads with 13 (close to our standing record of 14 since “All about Eve in 1950), “Poor Things” with 11, “Killers of the Flower Moon” with 10 and “Barbie” with 8.

A GOOD AND A BAD DAY FOR IRELAND

It’s great to see Cillian Murphy get nominated for “Oppenheimer” and Robbie Ryan get his second Oscar Nomination, again working with Yorgos Lanthimos, this time on “Poor Things”. Our condolences to Andrew Scott, who gave the best performance of the year in “All of Us Strangers”, but not enough people saw it.

LAZY NOMINATIONS – OH NO THEY HAVE BEEN NOMINATED AGAIN !

For Academy members who no longer see movies but still mark their ballet cards we have Diane Warren on her 15th nomination – she has never won – and John Williams on his – well let’s not even do a count on this one. Williams inclusion, for something he probably wrote in his sleep, means that there is no Mica Levi for “The Zone of Interest.”

AGAIN, IT’S TIME TO DO AWAY WITH THE (WORST) ORIGINAL SONG CATEGORY

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this category has outlived its usefulness. It should have ended on a high note after Marvin Hamlish and The Bergmans won for “The Way We Were” back in 1974. Please AMPAS, make this go away. No more Diane Warren!

BRADLEY COOPER IS SNUBBED – A SECOND TIME – BY THE DIRECTOR’S BRANCH

GRETA GERWIG and ALEXANDER PAYNE ALSO SNUBBED BY THE DIRECTORS BRANCH

It’s history repeating itself having also been snubbed for his remake of “A Star is Born”. Still he has three nominations to ease the pain – Best Actor, Adapted Screenplay and Best Film. So don’t feel too sorry for our Bradley!

Greta Gerwig and Alexander Payne who were nominated by the DGA in addition to Lanthimos, Nolan and Scorsese are replaced by “Anatomy of a Fall’s” Juliet Triet and “The Zone of Interest ‘s” Jonathan Glazer. Cheers to the Academy for this.

I AM WOMAN HEAR ME ROAR!

Triet becomes the eighth woman to be nominated in the Best Director category by AMPAS following, in order, Lina Wertmuller, Sofia Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow, Greta Gerwig (for “Lady Bird”), Emerald Fennell, Chloe Zhao and Jane Campion who is the only woman to have been nominated twice . Bigelow, Zhao and Campion have gone on to win the Oscar with Campion winning on her second nomination. Triet is the third European Female Director to be nominated, the first being Wertmuller in 1976 and the second being Fennell in 2020.

FRANCE HAS A LOT OF EGG ON ITS FACE TODAY – THANKS TO THE AMPAS ONE COUNTRY- ONE FILM RULE FOR THE BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

In the AMPAS method, each country gets to pick just one representative film which is then submitted to a special selection committee in the Academy. This elite group then chooses the 15 film shortlist which is then opened to the Academy members for voting. To many people’s surprise, France put it’s money on Cannes Film Festival Best Director winner “A Taste of Things” instead of Cannes Film Festival Palm d’Or winner “Anatomy of a Fall” . Today “Fall” has triumphed with nominations for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing – a total of five nominations – while “A Taste of things, although it did make the shortlist, is NOT nominated for Best International Film.

Masterworks such as Finland’s “Fallen Leaves” (Aki Kaurismaki) and Iceland’s “Godland” (Hlynur Palmason) fail to make the list while lesser films such as Japan’s “Perfect Days” and Spain’s “Society of the Snow” did.

A COUPLE OF OTHER NASTY SNUBS

ALL OF US STRANGERS

Not a single nomination. Andrew Scott who won the Best Actor award from the NSFC is overlooked – a major oversight.

ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET

A superb adaptation of a much-loved book and a string of critics awards for Rachel McAdams superb work as mom meant nothing to the Academy voters. Their loss – and ours!

THE COLOR PURPLE

Ouch! Only one nomination for Best Best Supporting Actress

FERRARI

Not a single nomination. Not even Penelope Cruz for Best Supporting Actress.

MAY DECEMBER

Only one nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Charles Melton who won Best Supporting Actor from both the NYFCC and the NSFC is overlooked – a major oversight.

PRISCILLA

Not a single nomination.

SALTBURN

Not a single nomination.

A COUPLE OF PLEASENT SURPRISES

Sandra Huller’s nomination was not a shoo-in – she was not nominated by SAG – but here she is and it’s wonderful. Also nice to see America Ferrera for “Barbie” and Sterling K. Brown for “American Fiction make the cut in their Supporting categories.

BENING AND FOSTER CONTINUE TO RADIATE THEIR DYKE POWER

The screen’s most powerful lesbian friendship triumphs yet again as both actresses get well-deserved nominations in their respective categories.

WTF – IT MUST BE A SMALL WORLD WHEN YOU ARE A CINEMATOGRAPHER IN HOLLYWOOD!

No one and I mean no one (except me!) saw Pablo Larrain’s “El Condo” so WFT is Ed Lachman doing here? Well for some reason the guys (and a few girls if they allow them to vote!) in the ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) thought he did a fantastic job. The eighty or so cinematography members in the Cinematography Branch of AMPAS are the same eighty or so cinematographers that are members of ASC so the list of nominees from both groups is IDENTICAL! This is a perfect example of how inbred, backslapping and old-boyish (BOY being the operative word) some of the smaller branches of AMPAS can be. Which of course is why a master like Gordon Willis, because he was disliked in his small group of peers – he preferred to work in New York rather than LA – could be effectively blocked from getting a single Oscar nomination during the 1970s, a period in which he photographed – wait for it – “Klute”, “The Godfather”, “The Parallax View”, “The Godfather Part II”, “All the Presidents Men”, “Annie Hall”, “Comes a Horseman”, “Interiors” and “Manhattan”.

MARTIN SCORSESE GETS OSCAR NOMINATION NUMBER 10 FOR “KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON” PUTTING HIM JUST 2 NOMINATIONS AWAY FROM EQUALLING WILLIAM WYLER’S RECORD OF TWELVE WHICH HAS STOOD SINCE 1965.

OSCAR NOMINATION NUMBER NINE MAKES THELMA SCHOONMAKER THE MOST NOMINATED EDITOR IN HISTORY

1970: Woodstock, 1980: The Raging Bull (Win), 1990: Goodfellas, 2002: Gangs of New York, 2004: The Aviator (Win), 2006: The Departed (Win), 2011: Hugo, 2020: The Irishman, 2023, Killers of the Flower Moon

THE DOCUMENTARY FOLKS GO THEIR OWN WAY AS USUAL

The people in the documentary branch are a contrary bunch who like to do things their own way and they do NOT like to be taken for granted. This year is no exception. Not that any of the five films that made the list didn’t deserve to be there. They do. They are all superb. It’s just that a lot of people were expecting to see Davis Guggenheim’s “A Michael J. Fox Movie”, Madeleine Gavin’s “Beyond Utopia”, and Matthew Heineman’s “American Symphony” make the list. They didn’t!

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Here is a complete list of this year’s nominations

Best Picture

“American Fiction,” Ben LeClair, Nikos Karamigios, Cord Jefferson and Jermaine Johnson, producers

“Anatomy of a Fall,” Marie-Ange Luciani and David Thion, producers

“Barbie,” David Heyman, Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley and Robbie Brenner, producers

“The Holdovers,” Mark Johnson, producer

“Killers of the Flower Moon,” Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas, Martin Scorsese and Daniel Lupi, producers

“Maestro,” Bradley Cooper, Steven Spielberg, Fred Berner, Amy Durning and Kristie Macosko Krieger, producers

“Oppenheimer,” Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Christopher Nolan, producers

“Past Lives,” David Hinojosa, Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, producers

“Poor Things,” Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Yorgos Lanthimos and Emma Stone, producers

“The Zone of Interest,” James Wilson, producer

Actress in a Supporting Role 

Emily Blunt — “Oppenheimer”  

Danielle Brooks — “The Color Purple”  

America Ferrera – “Barbie”

Jodie Foster — “Nyad”  

Da’Vine Joy Randolph — “The Holdovers”  

Actor in a Supporting Role

Sterling K. Brown — “American Fiction”  

Robert De Niro – “Killers of the Flower Moon”  

Robert Downey Jr. — “Oppenheimer”  

Ryan Gosling — “Barbie”  

Mark Ruffalo — “Poor Things” 

Actor in a Leading Role 

Bradley Cooper — “Maestro”  

Colman Domingo — “Rustin” 

Paul Giamatti — “The Holdovers”  

Cillian Murphy — “Oppenheimer”  

Jeffrey Wright — “American Fiction”

Actress in a Leading Role 

Annette Bening — “Nyad”  

Lily Gladstone — “Killers of the Flower Moon”  

Sandra Hüller — “Anatomy of a Fall”  

Carey Mulligan — “Maestro” 

Emma Stone — “Poor Things”  

Directing 

Justine Triet — “Anatomy of a Fall”  

Martin Scorsese — “Killers of the Flower Moon”  

Christopher Nolan — “Oppenheimer”  

Yorgos Lanthimos — “Poor Things” 

Jonathan Glazer — “The Zone of Interest” 

Adapted Screenplay

“American Fiction,” written for the screen by Cord Jefferson

“Barbie,” written by Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach

“Oppenheimer,” written for the screen by Christopher Nolan

“Poor Things,” screenplay by Tony McNamara

“The Zone of Interest,” written by Jonathan Glazer

Original Screenplay

“Anatomy of a Fall,” screenplay by Justine Triet and Arthur Harari

“The Holdovers,” written by David Hemingson

“Maestro,” written by Bradley Cooper and Josh Singer

“May December,” screenplay by Samy Burch; story by Samy Burch and Alex Mechanik

“Past Lives,” written by Celine Song

Cinematography 

“El Conde” – Edward Lachman

“Killers of the Flower Moon” – Rodrigo Prieto

“Maestro” – Matthew Libatique

“Oppenheimer” – Hoyte van Hoytema

“Poor Things” – Robbie Ryan

Production Design 

“Barbie,” production design: Sarah Greenwood; set decoration: Katie Spencer

“Killers of the Flower Moon,” production design: Jack Fisk; set decoration: Adam Willis

“Napoleon,” production design: Arthur Max; set decoration: Elli Griff

“Oppenheimer,” production design: Ruth De Jong; set decoration: Claire Kaufman

“Poor Things,” production design: James Price and Shona Heath; set decoration: Zsuzsa Mihalek

Film Editing

“Anatomy of a Fall” – Laurent Sénéchal

“The Holdovers” – Kevin Tent

“Killers of the Flower Moon” – Thelma Schoonmaker

“Oppenheimer” – Jennifer Lame

“Poor Things” – Yorgos Mavropsaridis

Original Score 

“American Fiction” – Laura Karpman

“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” John Williams

“Killers of the Flower Moon” – Robbie Robertson

“Oppenheimer” – Ludwig Göransson

“Poor Things” – Jerskin Fendrix

International Feature Film 

“Io Capitano” (Italy)  

“Perfect Days” (Japan)  

“Society of the Snow” (Spain)  

“The Teachers’ Lounge” (Germany) 

“The Zone of Interest” (United Kingdom)

Documentary Feature Film 

“Bobi Wine: The People’s President,” Moses Bwayo, Christopher Sharp and John Battsek

“The Eternal Memory” Maite Alberdi, Rocío Jadue, Juan de Dios Larrain, Pablo Larrain, Andrea Undurraga

“Four Daughters,” Kaouther Ben Hania and Nadim Cheikhrouha

“To Kill a Tiger,” Nisha Pahuja, Cornelia Principe and David Oppenheim

“20 Days in Mariupol,” Mstyslav Chernov, Michelle Mizner and Raney Aronson-Rath

Animated Feature Film 

“The Boy and the Heron,” Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki

“Elemental,” Peter Sohn and Denise Ream

“Nimona,” Nick Bruno, Troy Quane, Karen Ryan and Julie Zackary

“Robot Dreams,” Pablo Berger, Ibon Cormenzana, Ignasi Estapé and Sandra Tapia Díaz

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Amy Pascal

Costume Design 

“Barbie” – Jacqueline Durran

“Killers of the Flower Moon” – Jacqueline West

“Napoleon” – Janty Yates and Dave Crossman

“Oppenheimer” – Ellen Mirojnick

“Poor Things” – Holly Waddington

Makeup and Hairstyling 

“Golda” 

“Maestro”

Oppenheimer

Poor Things

Society of the Snow

Sound

“The Creator”  

“Maestro” 

“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” 

“Oppenheimer”  

“The Zone of Interest” 

Visual Effects

The Creator

Godzilla Minus One

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3

“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” 

Napoleon

Animated Short Film 

“Letter to a Pig”  

“Ninety-Five Senses”

Our Uniform

Pachyderme

“War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko

Documentary Short Film 

“The ABCs of Book Banning,” Sheila Nevins and Trish Adlesic

“The Barber of Little Rock,” John Hoffman and Christine Turner

“Island in Between,” S. Leo Chiang and Jean Tsien

“The Last Repair Shop,” Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers

“Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó,” Sean Wang and Sam Davis

Live Action Short Film

“The After”  

Invincible

Night of Fortune

“Red, White and Blue” 

“The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar” 

Original Song 

“The Fire Inside” from “Flamin’ Hot,” music and lyric by Diane Warren

“I’m Just Ken” from “Barbie,” music and lyric by Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt

“It Never Went Away” from “American Symphony,” music and lyric by Jon Batiste and Dan Wilson

“Wahzhazhe (A Song For My People)” from “Killers of the Flower Moon,” music and lyric by Scott George

“What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie,” music and lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell

  

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