Who are this year’s Oscar nominations?

The 2024 Oscar nominations have officially been announced and unsurprisingly Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” has emerged as a frontrunner, securing a whopping 13 nominations. The biopic, centred around scientist Robert Oppenheimer, the architect of the atomic bomb, is in contention for categories such as Best Film, Best Director, and Adapted Screenplay. Notably, this could mark Nolan’s first-ever Oscar win, having previously received five nominations. The star-studded cast, including Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr, and Emily Blunt, are also vying for individual accolades.

In a close second, Yorgos Lanthimos’s feminist fantasy, “Poor Things” received 11 nominations, adding an intriguing dynamic to the awards race. Martin Scorsese’s true crime epic, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” secured 10 nods, while the unexpected contender, “Barbie,” surprisingly garnered 8 nominations.

However, the nominations announcement brought some notable slights, with only one female director, Justine Triet, making the cut for the Best Director category. High-profile figures like Margot Robbie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Greta Lee, and Andrew Scott faced disappointment with their exclusion.

Lily Gladstone’s inclusion in the nominations makes her the first Native American actor ever to be considered for the award, setting the stage for a compelling competition with Emma Stone, who recently won a Best Actress Golden Globe for “Poor Things.”

Surprises continued with unexpected nods for “Poor Things,” particularly for Mark Ruffalo as Best Supporting Actor and Yorgos Lanthimos for Best Director. The Best Picture shortlist features a diverse lineup, including “Barbie,” “Past Lives,” “Oppenheimer,” “Killers of the Flower Moon,” “American Fiction,” “The Holdovers,” “Maestro,” and “The Zone of Interest.”

In a noteworthy development, “The Zone of Interest,” shot in Poland in the German language, marks the first British film in contention for Best International Film in 24 years. Sandra Hüller, the star of the film, competes for Leading Actress for her role in “Anatomy of a Fall” against some formidable contenders such as Annette Benning, Carey Mulligan and Emma Stone.

Bradley Cooper’s “Maestro” also gained recognition in seven categories, while Alexander Payne’s comedy, “The Holdovers,” missed out on Best Director but remains a strong contender for Original Screenplay. Unexpected inclusions in the race for Best Supporting Actress include Jodie Foster and Danielle Brooks.

However, some notable omissions and disappointments marked the nominations, with acclaimed films like “All of Us Strangers” and “Saltburn” receiving no recognition. The Oscars, determined by approximately 11,000 industry professionals from 93 countries, is scheduled to take place on 10 March in Hollywood, with Jimmy Kimmel as the host.