Oscars 2024: “Oppenheimer” and Christopher Nolan confirm the revenge of cinemas in Hollywood


The triumph of the Oppenheimer film was announced as inevitable. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences came as no surprise on Sunday, March 10, during the 96th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles (California). Best film, best direction for Christopher Nolan, best actor for Cillian Murphy, best supporting actor for Robert Downey Jr, best editing, best cinematography, best original music: 2024 is the year of consecration for the American-British director, long ignored by the Oscars and winner by knockout of the “Barbenheimer” duel in summer 2023 ( Barbie only won one prize, best song for What Was I Made For? ).

In twenty-five years of career, the author of Memento , The Dark Knight or Inception had never received the golden statuette. Through him, the Oscars defended on Sunday the militant vision of cinema in dark rooms – the director left Warner Bros studios to protest against their policy of releasing films on platforms. “The films are barely over a hundred years old. Imagine being there a hundred years after the invention of painting or theater. We don’t know where this incredible journey will take us, but knowing that you think I’m part of it means a lot to me ,” he thanked.

As for the actresses, the expected event did not take place, however. Many thought the case was over for Lily Gladstone ( Killers of the Flower Moon ), who would have become the first indigenous American actress to receive an award. Alas, Emma Stone ( Poor Creatures ) obtained her second Oscar after La La Land in 2017. Visibly moved, the actress paid tribute to her one-day rival: “Lily, I share this award with you, I am in admiration in front of you. » Lily Gladstone’s defeat demonstrates the Academy’s difficulties on the path to diversity, and the victory of African-American Da’Vine Joy Randolph, best supporting actress, will not put an end to the recurring controversies since the spread of the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag in 2015.

Justine Triet played it light

Anatomy of a Fall, nominated five times, leaves with the Oscar for best original screenplay for Justine Triet and Arthur Harari – a success as hopes were slim in the other categories (film, direction, editing, actress for Sandra Huller). On stage, the French director humorously thanked for this award which “will help [her] get through the midlife crisis” . Far from her political speech in Cannes, Justine Triet played it light, like at the Golden Globes.

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