Snubs & Surprises at the 2024 Oscars

There weren’t many nail-biters at the 2024 Oscars, which were presented on Sunday (March 10) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Everybody knew Oppenheimer would dominate, which it did, winning seven awards on the night.

There was a moderate upset in the lead actress category when Emma Stone won best actress for Poor Things over Lily Gladstone for Killers of the Flower Moon. Gladstone was aiming to make history by becoming the first Native American to win in that category (just as Michelle Yeoh last year became the first Asian American to win in that category for her role in Everything Everywhere All at Once).

Cillian Murphy’s win as lead actor in Oppenheimer was expected, though Paul Giamatti was a strong challenger in The Holdovers.

The awards for best supporting actor and actress, on the other hand, were virtual locks. Robert Downey Jr. was seen as a cinch to win best supporting actor for Oppenheimer. And Da’Vine Joy Randolph had won so many precursor awards for her moving performing in The Holdovers that she may have to move to a bigger place just to house all her trophies.

And while a few “I’m Just Ken” fans may have held on to a slim hope that that comic delight from Barbie would win best original song, even they probably knew deep-down that Billie Eilish and Finneas’ lovely “What Was I Made For?” from the same film would take the prize, which it did.

That doesn’t mean there were no snubs and surprises at the 2024 Oscars. Take a look.

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