Oppenheimer leads nominations for the Oscars 2024, with Maestro just behind

Nolan’s biopic of Jewish theoretical physicist Robert Oppenheimer is up for best picture


Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer (Photo: Universal Studios)

Oppenheimer leads the Oscars 2024 nominations with 13 for the film about the Jewish theoretical physicist known as the “father of the atomic bomb”.

Christopher Nolan’s biopic of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the son of German-Jewish immigrants Ella and Julius, is nominated for best picture, actor and director, and is predicted to take the gong for the most prestigious award. Earlier this month the film was victorious at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards.

Another film with Jewish roots proving a hit with the Oscar judges is Barbie. Oppenheimer’s rival blockbuster has eight nods including best picture and for its original song, ‘I'm Just Ken’, co-written by Jewish producer and songwriter Mark Ronson. The blonde-haired, long-legged Barbie came to life thanks to Ruth Moskowicz, the daughter of a Polish blacksmith who in 1959 coined the idea for a hyper-feminine doll and named it after her daughter Barbara.

Maestro, the Leonard Bernstein biopic which tells the complex love story between the American composer and conductor and his wife from when they met in 1946, has seven nominations including for best picture, actor (Bradley Cooper) and actress (Carey Mulligan).

The chilling Holocaust film Zone of Interest has five nominations including for best picture and best international feature, and for its director and writer Jonathan Glazer, who grew up in Hadley Wood and made Sexy Beast and Under the Skin. The film follows a family living next to the Auschwitz extermination camp, oblivious to the fact that their patriarch Rudolf Höss is the Nazi commander orchestrating the murders of one million Jews and others there. The dark drama is loosely based on Martin Amis’s 2014 novel and won the Grand Prix award at the 76th Cannes Film Festival last year.

Also hoping to win a coveted Oscars statuette is the film Golda, in which Helen Mirren plays Golda Meir, the fourth Prime Minister of Israel. The biopic, directed by Israeli Guy Nattiv, is nominated for best make-up and hairstyling.

The nominations were revealed on Tuesday in a livestream hosted by Zazie Beetz (Joker) and Jack Quaid (The Boys, Oppenheimer) in Los Angeles. The Oscars ceremony takes place on 10 March and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

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