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‘The Boy and the Heron,’ ‘Godzilla Minus One’ Take Home Oscar Gold

The two films finish out the 2024 awards season with wins for Best Animated Feature and Best Visual Effects, respectively, on a night that also saw ‘WAR IS OVER! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko’ win for Best Animated Short Film and ‘Oppenheimer’ take home 7 statues, including Best Picture and Best Cinematography. 

In a thoroughly enjoyable return to celebrating all that’s wonderfully inspiring and entertaining about film without needless pandering to a mythical audience that has and never will be interested in tuning in, the 96th Annual Academy Awards breezed through its telecast earlier this evening with a fun and touching mix of glamour, laughs, and humility. In what could be called an upset in many circles, Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy and the Heron took the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, while Godzilla Minus One took home the Oscar for Best Visual Effects in what could also be called an upset. Christopher Nolan and his epic biopic, Oppenheimer, was the evening’s awards champ, taking home seven statues including Best Picture and Best Director.

Other notable wins, at least in our animation and VFX communities, included WAR IS OVER! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko winning for Best Animated Short Film, and Poor Things taking home four awards including Best Production Design.

Congratulations to all the winners (listed in bold) and nominees!

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Bradley Cooper in Maestro
  • Colman Domingo in Rustin
  • Paul Giamatti in The Holdovers
  • Cillian Murphy in Oppenheimer
  • Jeffrey Wright in American Fiction

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Sterling K. Brown in American Fiction
  • Robert De Niro in Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Robert Downey Jr. in Oppenheimer
  • Ryan Gosling in Barbie
  • Mark Ruffalo in Poor Things

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Annette Bening in Nyad
  • Lily Gladstone in Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Sandra Hüller in Anatomy of a Fall
  • Carey Mulligan in Maestro
  • Emma Stone in Poor Things

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Emily Blunt in Oppenheimer
  • Danielle Brooks in The Color Purple
  • America Ferrera in Barbie
  • Jodie Foster in Nyad
  • Da'Vine Joy Randolph in The Holdovers

Best animated feature film of the year

  • 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

Achievement in cinematography

  • El Conde - Edward Lachman
  • Killers of the Flower Moon - Rodrigo Prieto
  • Maestro - Matthew Libatique
  • Oppenheimer - Hoyte van Hoytema
  • Poor Things - Robbie Ryan

Achievement in 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

Achievement in directing

  • Anatomy of a Fall - Justine Triet
  • Killers of the Flower Moon - Martin Scorsese
  • Oppenheimer - Christopher Nolan
  • Poor Things - Yorgos Lanthimos
  • The Zone of Interest - Jonathan Glazer

Best documentary feature film

  • Bobi Wine: The People's President - Moses Bwayo, Christopher Sharp and John Battsek
  • The Eternal Memory - Nominees to be determined
  • 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

Best 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

Achievement in 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

Best international feature film of the year

  • Io Capitano - Italy
  • Perfect Days - Japan
  • Society of the Snow - Spain
  • The Teachers' Lounge - Germany
  • The Zone of Interest - United Kingdom

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

  • Golda - Karen Hartley Thomas, Suzi Battersby and Ashra Kelly-Blue
  • Maestro - Kazu Hiro, Kay Georgiou and Lori McCoy-Bell
  • Oppenheimer - Luisa Abel
  • Poor Things - Nadia Stacey, Mark Coulier and Josh Weston
  • Society of the Snow - Ana López-Puigcerver, David Martí and Montse Ribé

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (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

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (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

Best motion picture of the year

  • 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

Achievement in 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

Best animated short film

  • Letter to a Pig - Tal Kantor and Amit R. Gicelter
  • Ninety-Five Senses - Jerusha Hess and Jared Hess
  • Our Uniform - Yegane Moghaddam
  • Pachyderme - Stéphanie Clément and Marc Rius
  • WAR IS OVER! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko - Dave Mullins and Brad Booker

Best live action short film

  • The After - Misan Harriman and Nicky Bentham
  • Invincible - Vincent René-Lortie and Samuel Caron
  • Knight of Fortune - Lasse Lyskjær Noer and Christian Norlyk
  • Red, White and Blue - Nazrin Choudhury and Sara McFarlane
  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar - Wes Anderson and Steven Rales

Achievement in sound

  • The Creator - Ian Voigt, Erik Aadahl, Ethan Van der Ryn, Tom Ozanich and Dean Zupancic
  • Maestro - Steven A. Morrow, Richard King, Jason Ruder, Tom Ozanich and Dean Zupancic
  • Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One - Chris Munro, James H. Mather, Chris Burdon and Mark Taylor
  • Oppenheimer - Willie Burton, Richard King, Gary A. Rizzo and Kevin O'Connell
  • The Zone of Interest - Tarn Willers and Johnnie Burn

Achievement in visual effects

  • The Creator - Jay Cooper, Ian Comley, Andrew Roberts and Neil Corbould
  • Godzilla Minus One - Takashi Yamazaki, Kiyoko Shibuya, Masaki Takahashi and Tatsuji Nojima
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 - Stephane Ceretti, Alexis Wajsbrot, Guy Williams and Theo Bialek
  • Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One - Alex Wuttke, Simone Coco, Jeff Sutherland and Neil Corbould
  • Napoleon - Charley Henley, Luc-Ewen Martin-Fenouillet, Simone Coco and Neil Corbould

Adapted screenplay

  • American Fiction - Written for the screen by Cord Jefferson
  • Barbie - Written by Greta Gerwig & 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 - Justine Triet and Arthur Harari
  • The Holdovers - Written by David Hemingson
  • Maestro - Written by Bradley Cooper & Josh Singer
  • May December - Screenplay by Samy Burch; Story by Samy Burch & Alex Mechanik
  • Past Lives - Written by Celine Song

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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