Oscars 2024: ‘Barbie’ Loses the Big 3 in Its Race Against ‘Oppenheimer’ as Christopher Nolan Film Leads With 5 Nominations

Barbie looks to be beaten by Oppenheimer once again as the film missed out on big nominations at the Oscars.

Oscars 2024: ‘Barbie’ Loses the Big 3 in Its Race Against ‘Oppenheimer’ as Christopher Nolan Film Leads With 5 Nominations


  • The Oscars 2024 nominations are officially out and Barbie’s ill-fortune continues.
  • Greta Gerwig’s film did not feature in 3 major categories including Best Director, Best Actress and Best Cinematography.
  • Despite failing at the awards, Barbie created a record of being the most popular film on Letterboxd.
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There’s no bigger competition for excellence in Hollywood like the race for Oscar glory. While awards like the Golden Globes and the Emmys are prestigious recognitions in their own right, an artist is considered to have truly made it to the elite list after winning the coveted golden statuette that represents an Academy Award win. With the official nominations for the Oscars 2024 having been released, Greta Gerwig’s Barbie and Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer are once again locking horns to take top honors.

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Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in Barbie

As per the pattern thus far, Barbie’s unprecedented box office success was unable to conquer Oppenheimer’s powerful impact in the marquee categories. Now, the Oscar nominations have further rubbed salt into Greta Gerwig’s wound with the talented director’s film not featuring in 3 major Oscar categories.

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Oscar 2024 Deny Barbie A Nod In The Big 3 Categories

There’s so much that went absolutely right for Greta Gerwig’s Barbie and its historic run at the box office. Yet, as the awards season approached, the film found itself stuck in a situation of ‘so close yet so far’, while its biggest competitor Oppenheimer continued to gather one coveted award after another.

With the Oscars 2024 nominations officially out, Gerwig and her film faced the biggest shock and disappointment yet with a few glaring exclusions from massive categories. Margot Robbie who was tipped to be in the reckoning for her impressive performance, was shockingly left out in the nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

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Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie failed to earn nominations for Barbie at the Oscars 2024

To further add to the woes, Greta Gerwig too found herself on the wrong side of the Oscar race as she failed to make the top 5 list of probables for Best Director. This is possibly an even bigger miss as Gerwig’s inspired filmmaking touched a chord with audiences across the world. Barbie’s colorful visuals too did not seem to impress the Academy, with the film being ignored for Best Cinematography as well.


Meanwhile, Oppenheimer is marching on as strongly as ever and tops the list with 13 nominations to Barbie’s 8, including featuring in the big three awards. In addition, Nolan’s biopic also staked its claim to win in the Best Sound category and Best Original Score with Barbie missing out here as well. This makes it a clean sweep for Oppenheimer in 5 top categories compared to zero for Barbie.

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Oppenheimer Cannot Take Away This Record From Barbie

This awards season has given Barbie the infamous reputation of being an also-ran following Oppenheimer’s unstoppable charge. The Oscars 2024 nominations was a further ego hit with the film failing to feature in many major categories. Yet, Gerwig can take heart from the fact that Barbie’s unparalleled box office success will go down in history as a pioneering effort.

Barbie became the most popular film on Letterboxd

Awards aside, there is no doubt that when it comes to influence in social media, Barbie stands proud and tall over Oppenheimer. To add to the historic box office numbers, the film achieved a unique feat on the popular social media platform Letterboxd by overtaking Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite to become the most popular film on the site. While many netizens were confused about the parameters involved in deciding popularity, one viewer on X was happy to lay down the facts.

“Basically, the metric used is how many times it’s been interacted, reviewed, watched, listed, or viewed in the most recent amount of time. For example, 3.4 million users have seen “Parasite” in the past 4 years but 2.8 million users have seen “Barbie” in the past 6 months.”

While awards serve as proof of excellence, Barbie’s dramatic impact on global audiences and Gerwig’s history-making feat can be seen as the film’s biggest rewards that will stand the test of time.

The complete list of nominations for Oscars 2024 is given below.


Best Picture

“American Fiction,” Ben LeClair, Nikos Karamigios, Cord Jefferson and Jermaine Johnson, producers

“Anatomy of a Fall,” Marie-Ange Luciani and David Thion, producers


“Barbie,” David Heyman, Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley and Robbie Brenner, producers

“The Holdovers,” Mark Johnson, producer

“Killers of the Flower Moon,” Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas, Martin Scorsese and Daniel Lupi, producers


“Maestro,” Bradley Cooper, Steven Spielberg, Fred Berner, Amy Durning and Kristie Macosko Krieger, producers

“Oppenheimer,” Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Christopher Nolan, producers

“Past Lives,” David Hinojosa, Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, producers


“Poor Things,” Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Yorgos Lanthimos and Emma Stone, producers

“The Zone of Interest,” James Wilson, producer

Best Director 


Justine Triet — “Anatomy of a Fall”

Martin Scorsese — “Killers of the Flower Moon”

Christopher Nolan — “Oppenheimer”


Yorgos Lanthimos — “Poor Things”

Jonathan Glazer — “The Zone of Interest”

Actor in a Leading Role 


Bradley Cooper — “Maestro”

Colman Domingo — “Rustin”

Paul Giamatti — “The Holdovers”


Cillian Murphy — “Oppenheimer”

Jeffrey Wright — “American Fiction”

Actress in a Leading Role 


Annette Bening — “Nyad”

Lily Gladstone — “Killers of the Flower Moon”

Sandra Hüller — “Anatomy of a Fall”


Carey Mulligan — “Maestro”

Emma Stone — “Poor Things”

Actor in a Supporting Role


Sterling K. Brown — “American Fiction”

Robert De Niro – “Killers of the Flower Moon”

Robert Downey Jr. — “Oppenheimer”


Ryan Gosling — “Barbie”

Mark Ruffalo — “Poor Things”

Actress in a Supporting Role 


Emily Blunt — “Oppenheimer”

Danielle Brooks — “The Color Purple”

America Ferrera – “Barbie”


Jodie Foster — “Nyad”

Da’Vine Joy Randolph — “The Holdovers”

Adapted Screenplay


“American Fiction,” written for the screen by Cord Jefferson

“Barbie,” written by Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach

“Oppenheimer,” written for the screen by Christopher Nolan


“Poor Things,” screenplay by Tony McNamara

“The Zone of Interest,” written by Jonathan Glazer

Original Screenplay


“Anatomy of a Fall,” screenplay by Justine Triet and Arthur Harari

“The Holdovers,” written by David Hemingson

“Maestro,” written by Bradley Cooper and Josh Singer


“May December,” screenplay by Samy Burch; story by Samy Burch and Alex Mechanik

“Past Lives,” written by Celine Song



“El Conde” – Edward Lachman

“Killers of the Flower Moon” – Rodrigo Prieto

“Maestro” – Matthew Libatique


“Oppenheimer” – Hoyte van Hoytema

“Poor Things” – Robbie Ryan

Original Song 


“The Fire Inside” from “Flamin’ Hot,” music and lyric by Diane Warren

“I’m Just Ken” from “Barbie,” music and lyric by Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt

“It Never Went Away” from “American Symphony,” music and lyric by Jon Batiste and Dan Wilson


“Wahzhazhe (A Song For My People)” from “Killers of the Flower Moon,” music and lyric by Scott George

“What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie,” music and lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell

Costume Design 


“Barbie” – Jacqueline Durran

“Killers of the Flower Moon” – Jacqueline West

“Napoleon” – Janty Yates and Dave Crossman


“Oppenheimer” – Ellen Mirojnick

“Poor Things” – Holly Waddington



“The Creator,” Ian Voigt, Erik Aadahl, Ethan Van der Ryn, Tom Ozanich and Dean Zupancic

“Maestro,” Steven A. Morrow, Richard King, Jason Ruder, Tom Ozanich and Dean Zupancic

“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One,” Chris Munro, James H. Mather, Chris Burdon and Mark Taylor


“Oppenheimer,” Willie Burton, Richard King, Gary A. Rizzo and Kevin O’Connell

“The Zone of Interest,” Tarn Willers and Johnnie Burn

Original Score 


“American Fiction” – Laura Karpman

“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” John Williams

“Killers of the Flower Moon” – Robbie Robertson


“Oppenheimer” – Ludwig Göransson

“Poor Things” – Jerskin Fendrix

Live Action Short Film


“The After,” Misan Harriman and Nicky Bentham

“Invincible,” Vincent René-Lortie and Samuel Caron

“Knight of Fortune,” Lasse Lyskjær Noer and Christian Norlyk


“Red, White and Blue,” Nazrin Choudhury and Sara McFarlane

“The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar,” Wes Anderson and Steven Rales

Animated Short Film 


“Letter to a Pig,” Tal Kantor and Amit R. Gicelter

“Ninety-Five Senses,” Jerusha Hess and Jared Hess

“Our Uniform,” Yegane Moghaddam


“Pachyderme,” Stéphanie Clément and Marc Rius

“War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko,” Dave Mullins and Brad Booker

Documentary Feature Film 


“Bobi Wine: The People’s President,” Moses Bwayo, Christopher Sharp and John Battsek

“The Eternal Memory”

“Four Daughters,” Kaouther Ben Hania and Nadim Cheikhrouha


“To Kill a Tiger,” Nisha Pahuja, Cornelia Principe and David Oppenheim

“20 Days in Mariupol,” Mstyslav Chernov, Michelle Mizner and Raney Aronson-Rath

Documentary Short Film 


“The ABCs of Book Banning,” Sheila Nevins and Trish Adlesic

“The Barber of Little Rock,” John Hoffman and Christine Turner

“Island in Between,” S. Leo Chiang and Jean Tsien


“The Last Repair Shop,” Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers

“Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó,” Sean Wang and Sam Davis

International Feature Film 


“Io Capitano” (Italy)

“Perfect Days” (Japan)

“Society of the Snow” (Spain)


“The Teachers’ Lounge” (Germany)

“The Zone of Interest” (United Kingdom)

Animated Feature Film 


“The Boy and the Heron,” Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki

“Elemental,” Peter Sohn and Denise Ream

“Nimona,” Nick Bruno, Troy Quane, Karen Ryan and Julie Zackary


“Robot Dreams,” Pablo Berger, Ibon Cormenzana, Ignasi Estapé and Sandra Tapia Díaz

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Amy Pascal

Makeup and Hairstyling 


“Golda,” Karen Hartley Thomas, Suzi Battersby and Ashra Kelly-Blue

“Maestro,” Kazu Hiro, Kay Georgiou and Lori McCoy-Bell

“Oppenheimer,” Luisa Abel


“Poor Things,” Nadia Stacey, Mark Coulier and Josh Weston

“Society of the Snow,” Ana López-Puigcerver, David Martí and Montse Ribé

Production Design 


“Barbie,” production design: Sarah Greenwood; set decoration: Katie Spencer

“Killers of the Flower Moon,” production design: Jack Fisk; set decoration: Adam Willis

“Napoleon,” production design: Arthur Max; set decoration: Elli Griff


“Oppenheimer,” production design: Ruth De Jong; set decoration: Claire Kaufman

“Poor Things,” production design: James Price and Shona Heath; set decoration: Zsuzsa Mihalek

Film Editing


“Anatomy of a Fall” – Laurent Sénéchal

“The Holdovers” – Kevin Tent

“Killers of the Flower Moon” – Thelma Schoonmaker


“Oppenheimer” – Jennifer Lame

“Poor Things” – Yorgos Mavropsaridis

Visual Effects


“The Creator,” Jay Cooper, Ian Comley, Andrew Roberts and Neil Corbould

“Godzilla Minus One,” Takashi Yamazaki, Kiyoko Shibuya, Masaki Takahashi and Tatsuji Nojima

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” Stephane Ceretti, Alexis Wajsbrot, Guy Williams and Theo Bialek


“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One,” Alex Wuttke, Simone Coco, Jeff Sutherland and Neil Corbould

“Napoleon,” Charley Henley, Luc-Ewen Martin-Fenouillet, Simone Coco and Neil Corbould

Source: Variety


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