Oscars 2024: Oppenheimer wins big and Ryan Gosling’s Kenergy brings the house down

From Oppenheimer grabbing seven Oscars including Best Picture to Ryan Gosling performing ‘I’m Just Ken’ from Barbie, we round up the best moments from Oscars 2024

Cillian Murphy Oscars 2024Hollywood’s biggest night culminated in a huge ceremony of glitz and glamour with the 96th Oscars on Sunday, 10 March. From many long awaited first time winners to history makers and record breakers, the Academy Awards pulled out all the stops to bring us the next crop of Oscar winning actors and filmmakers.

The Oscars brought back a long retired format of presenting the major acting categories by having five past winners introduce each nominee, Billie Eilish became the youngest double Oscar winner and Oppenheimer dominated the ceremony by being the most awarded film of the night. 

From Messi the dog from Anatomy of a Fall stealing the show by being the best boy in a bowtie to Ryan Gosling shaking up the entire Dolby Theatre with his electric performance of ‘I’m Just Ken’ from Barbie, we’ve rounded up some of the best moments from this year’s Academy Awards.

Oppenheimer wins big

Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, which was the most nominated film of the night with 13 nominations, ended up winning seven of the awards including Best Picture. The night also saw Robert Downey Jr, Cillian Murphy and Christopher Nolan all win their first ever Oscars for Supporting Actor, Lead Actor and Director respectively.

Oppenheimer also won for its score — composed by second-time winner Ludwig Göransson, who previously won for his score of Marvel’s Black Panther — and for cinematography. Another history maker from the Oppenheimer camp was Jennifer Lame, who became only the third woman in 24 years to ever win for film editing. Ryan Gosling Ryan Gosling wears Tag Heuer while performing at the Oscars 2024
Ryan Gosling brings the Kenergy with his performance of ‘I’m Just Ken’

Oscar nominee and Tempus cover star Ryan Gosling brought a new life to Sunday’s Oscars ceremony when he brought the house down with his electrifying performance of his song ‘I’m Just Ken’ from Barbie. Dressed in a bright pink suit and a luxurious Tag Heuer watch to match, Ryan made sure the audiences felt his Kenergy as the Barbie ensemble cast helped him put on a show stopping performance.

Ryan managed to get the entire audience up on their feet as people cheered him on, with Barbie director Greta Gerwig and co-stars Margot Robbie and America Ferrera singing along. His performance was also a nod to the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, with Ryan referencing Marilyn Monroe’s iconic pink dress from the ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend’ video with his suit.

Billie Eilish becomes the youngest two-time Oscar winner in history

Billie Eilish became the youngest double Oscar winner at the age of 22 when she nabbed her Oscar for singing ‘What Was I Made For?’ from Barbie. She previously won in the same category for her rendition of ‘No Time to Die’ from the James Bond film of the same name.

Billie also became the first woman to win the “triple crown” of film music twice by winning the Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy for her Barbie hit, with the first time being for No Time to Die.Da’Vine Joy Randolph wears an Omega watch at the Oscars 2024Da’Vine Joy Randolph completes her awards sweep

Da’Vine Joy Randolph completed her awards sweep by winning her first ever Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Holdovers. A tearful Da’Vine gave a moving speech on stage, where she thanked the former teacher of a class in which she was the only Black student, who told her to “forge [her] own path”.

The speech moved her co-star and fellow nominee Paul Giamatti to tears, as Da’Vine added, “I always wanted to be different. Now I realise I just need to be myself.” 

Before this Oscar, Da’Vine won nearly every best supporting actress prize during the awards season, including the Golden Globe, Bafta, Critics’ Choice, Independent Spirit and Screen Actors Guild awards.

United Kingdom wins first ever Oscar for Best International Feature

Besides all the British and Irish winners who won for Oppenheimer, the United Kingdom also won the golden statue as a country for the very first time for Best International Feature with The Zone of Interest. The Auschwitz-set film earned director Jonathan Glazer an Oscar for his German-language, Polish-shot adaptation of the Martin Amis novel.

On stage, Jonathan Glazer made a poignant speech about war and conflict, also touching on the ongoing conflicts around the world, saying: “All our choices are made to reflect and confront us in the present. Not to say, ‘Look what they did then,’ rather ‘Look what we do now.’ Our film shows where dehumanisation leads at its worst.”

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