It’s been another huge year for the film world, with mega hits like Barbie and Oppenheimer stealing the show alongside a flurry of buzzy new independents. Yet Hollywood has also been affected by the actors’ and writers’ strikes, which have caused delays and cancellations within the industry, plus many movies have been underperforming due to lack of promotion. Things are revving up again now a deal has been agreed, though, and it looks like the Oscars will be able to go ahead in their planned slot of March 2024. So which films will strike gold? Here’s everything we know so far about the 96th Academy Awards.
The Oscars 2024: What Do We Know So Far?
When Will The 2024 Oscars Take Place?
The Oscars are scheduled to take place on 10 March 2024.
Where Will The 2024 Oscars Be Held?
The ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, where it has taken place since 2002 – though back then the Hollywood location was known as the Kodak Theatre. Throughout history, a number of historic LA locations have hosted the awards, such as The Roosevelt Hotel, the Shrine Auditorium, and the Marquis Theatre.
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Who Will Be Hosting?
It has just been announced that Jimmy Kimmel will return as the host of the 2024 Oscars. This will be his fourth time fronting the show, so he’s already well-versed in managing unforeseen situations, such as the chaotic sequence of events in 2017 which saw La La Land wrongly named best picture over the actual winner, Moonlight.
‘I always dreamed of hosting the Oscars exactly four times,’ Kimmel said in a statement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science.
Which Films Could Win?
The official nominations will be announced on 23 January 2024, but, as always, the speculations are coming in thick and fast.
It’s highly likely Greta Gerwig’s Barbie and Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer will be in the race. Many believe Barbie will be nominated for several categories, including Best Picture – and surely that immense soundtrack will warrant a nomination for Best Original Score? The film’s stars are also being touted for big wins, including Margot Robbie for Best Actress and Ryan Gosling for Best Supporting Actor (will he be Kenough?). Oppenheimer, too, will likely be in the running for Best Picture – and could this be the first directorial win for Nolan?
Other names predicted for the Best Picture category include Yorgos Lanthimos’s Poor Things, Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, Celine Song’s Past Lives, Ana DuVernay’s Origin, Cord Jefferson’s American Fiction, and Bradley Cooper’s Maestro. Plus, some of the year’s biggest movies are yet to come, like Ridley Scott’s Napoleon, and Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn – could this be another big year for Fennell, who won big for her previous film Promising Young Woman?
The acting categories also have strong competition this year. For Best Actress, potentials include Emma Stone for Poor Things, Sandra Hüller for Anatomy of a Fall, Natalie Portman for May December, Carey Mulligan for Maestro, and Cailee Spaeny for Priscilla, alongside Robbie.
And for Best Actor, frontrunners include Leonardo DiCaprio for Killers of the Flower Moon, Andrew Scott for All of Us Strangers, Bradley Cooper for Maestro, and Cillian Murphy for Oppenheimer.
Of course, an underdog could easily come in and surprise us all – as shown at the 2023 awards, when under-the-radar sci-fi comedy Everything Everywhere All At Once triumphed.