Oppenheimer Oscars 2024: For several reasons, Oppenheimer, directed by Christopher Nolan, is the favourite to win Best Picture at the 2024 Academy Awards. Oppenheimer, which is director Christopher Nolan’s twelfth feature picture, has garnered the highest critical accolades of his career. It has been nominated for 13 Oscars, including Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, and Best Picture. As of this writing, Christopher Nolan has not yet won an Academy Award in any category, despite being individually nominated for eight Oscars for his prior films, including Memento (2000), Inception (2010), and Dunkirk (2017).
In addition to receiving a stellar 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, almost matching Memento and The Dark Knight (2008) for the greatest rating of any film ever, Oppenheimer was a summer 2023 box office hit, grossing around to $1 billion globally. For many years, Nolan’s films have been hailed as some of the most avant-garde and thought-provoking in history. It appears that Oppenheimer’s extraordinary drive and skill as a director have finally been acknowledged by the Academy. With the possibility of winning every major Oscar in 2024, now is a critical time for Oppenheimer’s career to take off.
8. Oppenheimer: Reinvention Of The Biopic Genre
Christopher Nolan x Oppenheimer
Although Christopher Nolan is most recognised for his achievements as a filmmaker, the striking visual impact of his own films inadvertently overshadows his extraordinary screenwriting talent. Based on the biography “American Prometheus” by Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin, Nolan modified the script for Oppenheimer. He added distinctive stylistic aspects, such as dividing the film into two interwoven segments, “Fision” and “Fusion,” to correspond with the nuclear themes of the picture. Additionally, Nolan wrote the screenplay in the first person exclusively, which is an extremely uncommon departure from the conventional screenplay structure that only he and a select few others appear to be able to pull off.
7. Oppenheimer Oscars 2024: Most Nominations
Oppenheimer leads with 13 total nominations
Oppenheimer’s Best Picture triumph is most obviously predicted by the number of nominations it receives. With a whopping 13 nominations overall for the 2024 Academy Awards, Nolan’s picture is the only film to have received more than three films with 14 nominations in the whole Oscar history. Those films were Titanic (1999), La La Land (2016), and All About Eve (1950). With 13 Oscar nominations, Oppenheimer becomes the 13th member of the rare group that includes The Lord of the Rings (2001), Mary Poppins (1964), Chicago (2002), Gone with the Wind (1939), Shakespeare in Love (1998), Forrest Gump (1994), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).
6. Christopher Nolan’s Most Deserving Best Picture Winner
Arguably one of Nolan’s greatest films
Although Christopher Nolan is most known for his larger-than-life films like Interstellar and Inception, Oppenheimer masterfully integrates some of the best elements from his remarkable body of work into a single, potent, and explosive work. The size and breadth of Interstellar, the grim realism of Dunkirk, the passion of The Dark Knight, the incisive prose of Memento, the intricate storyline of Inception, and the complex characters of The Prestige all seem to have been directly infused into Oppenheimer’s creation. Not only does Nolan deserve Best Picture for Oppenheimer, but he also deserves Best Director for his outstanding body of work.
5. Oppenheimer’s Performances Elevate The Story To New Heights
Many A-list actors make brief appearances in Oppenheimer
Seeing all of the amazing actors in the strong cast—including Oscar winner Casey Affleck’s brief appearance in the three-hour film—was one of the pleasures of seeing Oppenheimer for the first time. Without a certain, Oppenheimer has the best ensemble of any 2023 film, with a surplus of top performers playing a variety of supporting parts. The film gains more prestige overall because of the cast, which includes Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Kenneth Branagh, Rami Malek, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Josh Hartnett, Dane DeHaan, Josh Peck, and Benny Safdie.
4. Oppenheimer’s Lack Of CGI Is A Marvelous Feat Of Cinematic History
Nolan claims that no CGI was used to make Oppenheimer
Apart from crafting some of the most ambitious films ever, Nolan’s method of filmmaking is innovative in that he managed to create Oppenheimer entirely without the use of computer graphics. Perhaps Nolan is the only person on Earth who can create epics like Oppenheimer, which are shot totally on film without the use of visual effects, as he is an ardent proponent of the traditional method of filmmaking that uses no digital effects. The major studios, especially Universal, who distributed Oppenheimer, have such faith in him that they will waive the extra production expenses associated with filming, giving him access to opportunities that almost no other living director has.
3. Oppenheimer’s Sharp Editing & Pace Makes It Seem Shorter Than 3 Hours
Oppenheimer’s dialogue-heavy script still flies by
Oppenheimer’s ability to make thirty minutes seem to fly by while you’re watching it is just another one of his cinematic achievements. Any three-hour movie, especially when seen in a theatre, seems like a chore that takes some perseverance to finish, but Oppenheimer’s deft editing and effective pacing make it seem much shorter than it is. For this reason, Jennifer Lame, Oppenheimer’s editor, should win the Best Editing Oscar. She has also contributed to the well-known films Marriage Story (2019), Hereditary (2018), and Manchester by the Sea (2016). Similarly, at a duration of three hours and twenty-six minutes, Killers of the Flower Moon achieves a similar achievement.
2. Oppenheimer’s Original Score Is A Career Best For Ludwig Göransson
Oppenheimer’s score is one of the most memorable parts of the film
One of the best composers working today, Ludwig Göransson has already won two Emmys for The Mandalorian and an Oscar for his work on Black Panther (2018). As a frequent collaborator of Donald Glover’s musical alter ego Childish Gambino, Göransson’s work on Oppenheimer may have produced the strongest original score of his career to yet. Göransson’s iconic and impactful contribution enhances every part of Nolan’s film, which is all the more remarkable in light of the excellence of Nolan’s previous composer, Hans Zimmer.
1. Oppenheimer Won Best Picture At Golden Globes & Critics Choice Awards
Oppenheimer is a huge favorite to win Best Picture at the Oscars
Oppenheimer is a strong favourite for Best Picture at the Oscars and is riding high after winning Best Picture at the Critics Choice and Golden Globes. It would be remarkable to see Oppenheimer falter before the 2024 Academy Awards in March given his increasing momentum during the awards season. Argo (2012) and 12 Years A Slave (2013) both won Best Picture at all three award ceremonies in 2020; however, Golden Globe winners do not usually predict Best Picture Oscar winners. Nomadland also won Best Picture at all three award ceremonies in 2020. With so much going for Oppenheimer, director Christopher Nolan ought to win his first Best Picture Oscar.