Oscars 2024 – Will Oppenheimer Sweep The Boards And Take The Glory?

Oscars 2024

It's that time of year again when the best and the brightest go head to head for the most coveted award in show business – the Oscars 2024!

The 96th Academy Awards will honour the best films of 2023 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on March 10th, 2024.

And right now Oppenheimer is the frontrunner to take the biggest categories on the night.

Fresh off the back of a very successful night at the BAFTA's, the biopic from director Christopher Nolan is expected to sweep the boards, just as it did in London.

However, while the BAFTA's are often seen as an indicator for the Oscars, occasionally, there are upsets as award season fatigue sets in.

It wasn't so long ago that The Banshees of Inisherin was hotly tipped to do well at the Academy Awards after Barry Keoghan, Kerry Condon, and Martin McDonagh all walked away winners in London.

But Hollywood didn't get the memo, and the film was largely ignored across the pond, with Everything Everywhere All at Once the big winner on the night.

So will it be the same for Oppenheimer? Not according to the bookies who are happy to take your money for an odds-on bet that Cillian Murphy will easily win Best Actor. Or for Robert Downey Jr. as Best Supporting Actor.

These are fun flutters, and there is genuinely no money to be made unless there's a MAJOR upset, but check out your best online casino or sportsbook for all the latest Oscars 2024 odds.

Oscars 2024 – Best Picture

As we've discussed Oppenheimer, it would be remiss to simply assume that it will win Best Picture at the Oscars 2024.

At the time of writing this, the voting hasn't even closed (February 27th is the deadline), so it is all still to play for.

Let's look at the ten nominees and possibly for a surprise winner in the mix:

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

Having seen seven of the ten movies in question (I will get to the other three before the big night), Oppenheimer is the one to beat.

The Holdovers was superb, with Da'Vine Joy Randolph and Paul Giamatti at their absolute best.

Maestro was another sterling effort from Bradley Cooper though I can honestly say that I know as little about Leonard Bernstein now as I did before I watched it.

Barbie was fun and had its moments of social commentary that really hit close to home, and Past Lives was heartbreaking. Seriously, I just wanted to hug Hae Sung (in between my sobs).

Killers of the Flower Moon was another Scorsese hit but largely made bearable by the performance of Lily Gladstone who elevated the film.

And for an absolutely riotous and scathing critique of the modern day, American Fiction is chef's kiss.

So while they are all solid movies, genuinely deserving of their Oscars 2024 nominations, it was only Oppenheimer that had me absolutely, 100% glued to the screen.

Will I change my mind once I've watched The Zone of Interest, Poor Things, or Anatomy of a Fall? Maybe, but it's a high bar and one that won't easily be reached.

How Are The Oscar Winners Chosen?

Oscar winners are chosen through a voting process managed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

With over 9,000 members, the Academy is divided into 17 branches, each representing a different aspect of the film industry.

So they include actors, directors, and writers, and you have to be a member of the Academy to get a vote.

Members of each branch nominate candidates for the Oscars in their respective categories. For example, directors nominate directors, and actors nominate actors. However, all voting members can nominate films for Best Picture.

After the nominations are announced, all members are eligible to vote in almost all categories, not just those in their own section.

For most categories, the person or film with the most votes wins. The only category that is different is for Best Picture.

For this, the winner is determined by a preferential voting system for Best Picture, where voters rank the nominees in order of preference.

The reason is to ensure that the winning film has broad support among the voting members.

All voting is conducted online, and the results are tabulated by an independent accounting firm. They keep the winners secret until the envelopes are opened live during the Oscar ceremony.

What Is In The Oscars 2024 Goodie Bags?

The red carpet is one of the most spectacular events of the year. The gowns, the designers, the jewels, the A-Listers – it's the stuff dreams are made of.

And you would think that given how much most of these actors earn, they wouldn't exactly need the ‘goodie bags' that are packed full of high-end gifts.

Known as the “Everyone Wins” Nominee Gift Bags in 2023, the freebies were valued at more than $126,000. As a taster, here is what they included:

  • Luxury vacation packages
  • Wellness retreats in Malibu
  • High-end skincare and beauty products
  • Personal training sessions and fitness classes
  • Jewelry and fashion accessories
  • Advanced technology gadgets and home appliances
  • Art and lifestyle experiences
  • Health and wellness products
  • Gourmet food and drink

So will the swag for the Oscars 2024 be just as impressive? It looks like it, though, for now, we've only been treated to a sneak peek of what will be included.

We do know that 25 Oscars 2024 nominees in the top five Oscar categories will be offered a luxury vacation to a curated villa on the island of St. Barth. They usually rent for between $20,000 to $140,000 per week in high season.

On the other end of the scale, Fiona McArthur, a chocolatier from Scotland, has been asked to supply sweet treats inspired by some of the year's best films.

The Scots have fared very well this year with Gin Bothy, which is distilled in Angus, Scotland, also chosen for the gift bags.

Overall, there will be around 60 different products in the bag, which is amazing, but it's also something the recipients have to pay tax on.

Oh yes, there is a tax liability, with some recipients forced to pay 37% of the value of the bag. To get around this, the gifts will come with certificates, so tax will only apply if they redeem them.

So while a $140,000 luxury Caribbean stay may sound dreamy, the shine dulls when the IRS wants $51,800 in tax for it. Ouch!

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