Christopher Nolan appears to be on track to win his first Oscar at next month’s ceremony, as his most recent picture, Oppenheimer, has received the most nominations.
The film, a biopic of Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist who created the atomic bomb, has been nominated in 13 categories, including best film, director, and adapted screenplay. Stars Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., and Emily Blunt are also up for honors. This marks the most nominations for a single film since 2018’s The Shape of Water, which won four, including best picture and director.
Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese’s true crime epic Killers of the Flower Moon earns him his tenth Best Director nomination. Following their snubs at the Bafta nominations last week, actresses Lily Gladstone and Robert De Niro were revealed to be in the running for Oscars, while Leonardo DiCaprio was excluded.
Gladstone’s nomination makes her the first Native American actor to be considered for the prize, reigniting the rivalry between her and Poor Things star Emma Stone, who won the best actress Golden Globe earlier this month.
Poor Things outperformed expectations at Tuesday’s nominations, with Mark Ruffalo receiving a surprising nomination for best supporting actor and Yorgos Lanthimos for best director. Lanthimos will now compete against Nolan, Scorsese, Jonathan Glazer from The Zone of Interest, and Anatomy of a Fall by Justine Triet.
Triet, who won the Palme d’Or at Cannes last year for her courtroom thriller, is thus the sole female filmmaker in the competition, with Barbie’s Greta Gerwig and Past Lives’ Celine Song both excluded.
Barbie had to make do with eight nods, including adapted screenplay, supporting actor for Ryan Gosling, two different submissions for best song, and a surprising supporting actress nomination for America Ferrera.
However, Barbie and Past Lives are nominated in the 10-film best picture shortlist alongside Anatomy of a Fall, Oppenheimer, Killers of the Flower Moon, Past Lives, American Fiction, The Holdovers, Maestro, and The Zone of Interest.
Glazer’s film, a profoundly experimental look at Helga and Rudolph Höss’ personal lives just beyond the gates of Auschwitz, where he was camp commander, is currently nominated for five Academy Awards, including best international film.
The Zone of Interest, shot in Poland in German, is the first British film nominated in the category in 24 years (since Paul Morrison’s Welsh-language Solomon and Gaenor). Sandra Hüller, the film’s star, was not chosen to the supporting actress shortlist, but her work on Anatomy of a Fall means she will compete for leading actress alongside Stone, Gladstone, Annette Bening (for Nyad), and Carey Mulligan (for Maestro).
Past Lives would have hoped for praise beyond its best picture and original script nods, but performers Greta Lee and Teo Yoo, as well as director Song, were all overlooked. Approximately 11,000 industry experts from 93 countries vote for the Oscars. Jimmy Kimmel will host this year’s ceremony, which will take place in Hollywood on March 10.