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Oscars 24: Who Came Out Tops in the 96th Academy Awards

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By Augustine Mbam - - 5 Mins Read
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The 96th Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, dazzled Hollywood with its grand celebration of the best films and performances of the past year.

From stunning red carpet appearances to heartfelt acceptance speeches, the night was filled with memorable moments.

Among the big winners of the evening was "Oppenheimer," directed by Christopher Nolan.

The film dominated the awards, clinching seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Nolan himself.

Lead actor Cillian Murphy delivered a mesmerizing portrayal of Oppenheimer, earning him the prestigious Best Actor award.

Murphy's nuanced performance captured the complexity of the character, earning praise from critics and audiences alike. 


Cillian Murphy during the 'The Party' premiere during the 67th Berlinale Festival Berlin at Berlinale Palace
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Meanwhile, Emma Stone captivated audiences with her role in "Poor Things," winning the Best Actress award for her captivating portrayal of Bella Baxter.

The songster actress dropped a heartfelt acceptance speech that touched the hearts of viewers as she expressed gratitude to her family and dedicated her award to her young daughter.

Supporting roles were also celebrated, with Robert Downey Jr. winning Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Oppenheimer and Da'Vine Joy Randolph snagging Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Holdovers.

The Oscars weren't just about acting; they honored the creative talents behind the scenes.

"Oppenheimer" secured wins in categories like Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Score, showcasing the film's excellence in technical craftsmanship.

Music played a significant role in the night's festivities, with Ryan Gosling's electrifying performance of "I'm Just Ken" from "Barbie" stealing the spotlight.



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The song also won the award for Best Original Song, adding another feather to the cap of "Barbie."

In animation, "The Boy and the Heron" emerged victorious as the Best Animated Feature Film, while "War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko" took home the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.

The documentary category witnessed powerful storytelling, with "20 Days in Mariupol" winning Best Documentary Feature for its poignant portrayal of the war in Ukraine.

The Live Action Short Film category saw "The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar" clinching the top prize.

Technical achievements were also recognized, with "Godzilla Minus One" winning the award for Best Visual Effects and "The Zone of Interest" bagging the Oscar for Best Sound.

As the night ended, the stars and filmmakers expressed gratitude for their recognition.

In her acceptance speech, Emma Stone thanked her family and dedicated her award to her daughter, adding a touch of warmth to the glitzy affair.


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Despite the glamor and excitement, the Oscars also faced moments of controversy, as evident from Jimmy Kimmel's reading of a scathing review from former President Donald Trump. However, the show pressed on, highlighting the resilience and talent of the entertainment industry.

The  96th Academy Awards celebrated the magic of cinema and honored the individuals who poured their hearts and souls into bringing stories to life on the silver screen.

From captivating performances to technical brilliance, the Oscars 2024 showcased the best of the film industry and left audiences eagerly awaiting next year's cinematic masterpieces.