96th Academy Awards Recap: ‘Oppenheimer’ Wins and Past Winners Return

The 2024 awards season culminated with the most anticipated night in film, the 96th Annual Academy Awards live on ABC. 

Four time host Jimmy Kimmel brought wit and levity to his entertaining opening monologue that poked fun at Best Picture nominees “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer.” 

This year, the Academy brought back a treasured format from the 2009 Academy Awards and invited past Oscar winners in each acting category to introduce the nominees.

Following an introduction by Lupita Nyong’o, Da’Vine Joy Randolph received her first nomination and win for Actress in a Supporting Role as Mary in “The Holdovers.”  

In her tearful speech, Randolph thanked everyone who has “stepped in my path” and guided her to forge her own. 

“For so long, I always wanted to be different, and now I realize I just need to be myself. And I thank you for seeing me,” she said with gratitude. 

“Last Party” actor Sam Rockwell introduced his costar Robert Downey Jr. before his win for Actor in a Supporting Role. For his third nomination and first win, Downey jokingly thanked his “terrible childhood, and the academy, in that order.” 

He also reminded his fellow artists, “What we do has meaning. And the stuff that we decide to make is important.” 

First time Oscar winner, Cord Jefferson accepted the award for Adapted Screenplay for his ‘American Fiction’ script. He thanked the people who took a chance on him and encouraged Hollywood to take more risks.

“It’s a plea to acknowledge and recognize that there are so many people out there who want the opportunity that I was given,” he said of the project that has brought him “so much joy.” 

Following their beautifully understated performance of “What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie,” Finneas and Billie Eilish accepted the Oscar for Original Song.

“I am grateful for this song, and for this movie, and the way that it made me feel,” Eilish said, holding back tears.

After a tribute from Oscar Winner Ben Kingsley, Cillian Murphy took home his first Oscar for Actor in a Leading Role for his titular performance in Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer.” In his speech, he acknowledged, “We made a film about the man who created the atomic bomb, and for better or for worse, we are all living in Oppenheimer’s world. I would really like to dedicate this to the peacemakers everywhere.” 

UK film, “The Zone of Interest,” a historical drama about an Auschwitz Commander,  won the country’s first Oscar for International Feature Film. The film’s director, Jonathan Glazer used his acceptance speech to make a statement on the attack on Gaza. 

“Right now, we stand here as men who refute their Jewishness and the Holocaust being hijacked by an occupation, which has led to conflict for so many innocent people — whether the victims of October the 7th in Israel or the ongoing attack on Gaza — all the victims of this dehumanization… how do we resist?”

In support, singer Billie Eilish, “Poor Things” stars Ramy Youssef and Mark Ruffalo, as well as director Ava DuVernay wore red pins supporting a ceasefire in Gaza. 

“20 Days in Mariupol” director Mstyslav Chernov, accepted the first Oscar in Ukrainian history. In his speech, he took the opportunity to acknowledge the ongoing war in Ukraine. “I’m honored, but probably I will be the first director on this stage to say I wish I never made this film. I wish to be able to exchange this to Russia never attacking Ukraine, never occupying our cities.” 

Although he accepted that he can not change history, he tasked Hollywood with setting the record straight because “Cinema forms memories and memories form history.”

Emma Stone, who was introduced by Sally Field, accepted the Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role for her performance as Bella Baxter in “Poor Things.” Despite her shock and her broken dress, she delivered a thoughtful speech which acknowledged the collective effort that goes into the making of a film. 

“… it’s not about me. It’s about a team that came together to make something greater than the sum of its parts. That is the best part about making movies –  is all of us together. And I am so deeply honored to share this with every cast member, with every crew member, with every single person who poured their love and their care and their brilliance into the making of this film,” she said.

Like the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Academy Awards was also a night of reunions. The Academy brought together former “Beetlejuice” costars Michael Keaton and Catherine O’Hara, as well as “Twin” costars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito to present.

Schwarzenegger and Devito, who also shared the screen with Keaton in “Batman & Robin” and “Batman Returns,” respectively, faced off against their nemesis Batman (Keaton), warning him, “We’ll see you at the Governor’s Ball!”

Other memorable moments included Ryan Gosling performance of “I’m Just Ken” with Slash and an In Memoriam performed by Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo. 

The Academy Awards concluded with the most anticipated award of the night, Best Picture. In honor of the 50th Anniversary of “The Godfather Part II,” Al Pacino was invited to present the award to “Oppenheimer.” 

See the full list of winners below: 

Best Picture

  • “American Fiction”
  • “Anatomy of a Fall”
  • “Barbie”
  • “The Holdovers”
  • “Killers of the Flower Moon”
  • “Maestro”
  • “Oppenheimer (WINNER)
  • “Past Lives”
  • “Poor Things”
  • “The Zone of Interest”

Best Director 

  • Justine Triet — “Anatomy of a Fall”  
  • Martin Scorsese — “Killers of the Flower Moon”  
  • Christopher Nolan — “Oppenheimer” (WINNER)
  • Yorgos Lanthimos — “Poor Things” 
  • Jonathan Glazer — “The Zone of Interest”  

Actor in a Leading Role 

  • Bradley Cooper — “Maestro”  
  • Colman Domingo — “Rustin” 
  • Paul Giamatti — “The Holdovers”  
  • Cillian Murphy — “Oppenheimer” (WINNER)
  • 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” (WINNER)

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Sterling K. Brown — “American Fiction”  
  • Robert De Niro – “Killers of the Flower Moon”  
  • Robert Downey Jr. — “Oppenheimer” (WINNER)
  • Ryan Gosling — “Barbie”  
  • Mark Ruffalo — “Poor Things”  

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” (WINNER)

Adapted Screenplay

  • “American Fiction,” written for the screen by Cord Jefferson (WINNER)
  • “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 (WINNER)
  • “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


  • “El Conde” – Edward Lachman
  • “Killers of the Flower Moon” – Rodrigo Prieto
  • “Maestro” – Matthew Libatique
  • “Oppenheimer” – Hoyte van Hoytema (WINNER)
  • “Poor Things” – Robbie Ryan

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 (WINNER)

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 (WINNER)


  • “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 (WINNER)

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 (WINNER)
  • “Poor Things” – Jerskin Fendrix

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 (WINNER)

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 (WINNER)

Documentary Feature Film 

  • “Bobi Wine: The People’s President,” Moses Bwayo, Christopher Sharp and John Battsek
  • “The Eternal Memory”
  • “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 (WINNER)

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 (WINNER)
  • “Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó,” Sean Wang and Sam Davis

International Feature Film 

  • “Io Capitano” (Italy)  
  • “Perfect Days” (Japan)  
  • “Society of the Snow” (Spain)  
  • “The Teachers’ Lounge” (Germany) 
  • “The Zone of Interest” (United Kingdom) (WINNER)

Animated Feature Film 

  • “The Boy and the Heron,” Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki (WINNER)
  • “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

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 (WINNER)
  • “Society of the Snow,” Ana López-Puigcerver, David Martí and Montse Ribé

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 (WINNER)

Film Editing

  • “Anatomy of a Fall” – Laurent Sénéchal
  • “The Holdovers” – Kevin Tent
  • “Killers of the Flower Moon” – Thelma Schoonmaker
  • “Oppenheimer” – Jennifer Lame (WINNER)
  • “Poor Things” – Yorgos Mavropsaridis

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 (WINNER)
  • “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