Oppenheimer leads Oscar nominations – with big nods for Barbie too

Oppenheimer leads the nominations for this year’s Oscars – with big nods also for box office rival Barbie.

Christopher Nolan’s epic exploring the true story of the first atomic bomb is up for 13 Oscars, including best director and best picture, while Greta Gerwig’s feminist take on Barbie has eight nods, including best picture.

The two polar opposite films sparked the Barbenheimer phenomenon when they were both released on the same day in July last year, with many viewers watching them both on the same day. While both were huge hits, it was Barbie that won the box office battle, going on to bring in more than $1bn – and fans have this year been following their progress throughout awards season.

In the best picture category, they are up against American Fiction, Anatomy Of A Fall, The Holdovers, Killers Of The Flower Moon, Maestro, Past Lives, Poor Things and The Zone Of Interest.

Oppenheimer stars Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr and Emily Blunt are all up for acting awards, and Barbie’s Ryan Gosling and America Ferreira are also in the running – but Margot Robbie did not make the best actress shortlist.

In the acting categories, stars including Emma Stone, Robert De Niro, and Ryan Gosling are among those shortlisted.

The big nominees:

  • Oppenheimer – 13
  • Poor Things – 11
  • Killers Of The Flower Moon – 10
  • Barbie – 8
  • Maestro – 7

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