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Oppenheimer rules 2024 Oscars as Apple TV+ and Netflix were nearly shut out

Despite combining for 32 nominations, Netflix and Apple TV+ were nearly shut out of of the 2024 Oscars, with Netflix winning a single award for Wes Anderson’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (Best Live Action Short Film). The big surprise was Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon (Apple TV+) not gaining a single statue, notably Lily Gladstone losing the Best Actress prize to Poor Things‘ Emma Stone.

Universal was the big winner with Oppenheimer (Best Picture, Best Director, editing, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, original score, cinematography) while Poor Things (Disney’s Searchlight Pictures) garnered four prizes. The other half of “Barbenheimer,” (Barbie, ofc) took just a single prize for best song with Billy Eilish’s What Was I Made For (and not I’m Just Ken, sung live at the ceremony by supporting actor nominee Ryan Gosling).

The gala was a letdown for Netflix, which scored six prizes last year. Netflix has won 23 Oscars since 2017, but has yet to win in the Best Picture or Best Actor/Actress categories. That’s despite four nominations this year for Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan (Maestro), Colman Domingo for Rustin and Annette Bening for Nyad.

Lily Gladstone was perhaps slightly favored over Stone to win for Killers of the Flower Moon and she also would have been the first Indigenous American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor or Actress. The studio was also up for Best Supporting Actor with nominee Robert De Niro and Best Director for Scorsese. Apart from Gladstone’s loss, though, awards were distributed largely as anticipated.

This year, it couldn’t be said that judges were swayed by a lack of theatrical presence from streamers. Killers of the Flower Moon had a fairly wide release in cinemas, while Maestro stayed in theaters for a month prior to its Netflix release. Both chalked up decent box office numbers.

The ceremony itself appears to have been watchable, with Deadline proclaiming that producers “finally made an Academy Awards ceremony for the 21st century” and The Hollywood Reporter calling it “busy and eclectic.” USA Today did describe it as “boring,” but every Oscars for the past 20 years has gotten the same knock.

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