From left: Acting Oscar winners: Da'Vine Joy Rudolph, Emma Stone and Cillian Murphy backstage John Shearer/WireImage

Catch all the glitz and glamour from the 2024 Oscars at the iconic Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, where top nominees like Oppenheimer and Poor Things, shined on the red carpet.

The 2024 Oscars, held at the illustrious Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, marked the spectacular finale of the awards season, with Hollywood’s brightest stars gracing the red carpet. Nominees from cinematic juggernauts like Oppenheimer and Poor Things, alongside acclaimed actors such as Bradley Cooper, Danielle Brooks, Ryan Gosling, and Lily Gladstone, added a touch of glamor to the evening.  Jimmy Kimmel, in his familiar role as host, orchestrated the night’s festivities, complemented by captivating musical performances, including a show-stopping appearance by Billie Eilish. However, the true highlight of the evening was the official declaration: Oppenheimer emerged victorious as the Best Picture of 2024, solidifying its dominance after clinching prestigious awards at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and SAG Awards earlier in the season. The star-studded cast of Oppenheimer, featuring Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Matt Damon, Florence Pugh, Robert Downey Jr., and more, contributed to the film’s success. 

In the lead acting categories, Emma Stone from “Poor Things” secured the Best Actress award, while Cillian Murphy, the charismatic lead of “Oppenheimer,” took home the Best Actor trophy. Christopher Nolan, the visionary director behind Oppenheimer, was honored with the Oscar for Best Director. During his heartfelt acceptance speech, Nolan expressed gratitude to Universal Studios and the authors of the movie’s source material, “American Prometheus” by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. He also thanks the entire cast, including Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh, and Cillian Murphy as well as his wife, Emma Thomas, the producer of all their films.  Despite entering the night with an impressive 13 nominations, Oppenheimer fell short of breaking the record for most wins by a single film. Losing in the early categories of Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay, its chances dwindled. 

Nevertheless, Oppenheimer concluded the evening with seven commendable awards, including the coveted Best Picture.  The ceremony was punctuated with memorable moments, from the adorable appearance of Messi, the canine star of “Anatomy of a Fall,” to Da’Vine Joy Randolph’s emotional acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress. The night also featured a unique performance by John Cena and a captivating presentation by Ryan Gosling.  Anatomy of a Fall’s early win for Best Original Screenplay was accompanied by the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band’s iconic cover of 50 Cent’s “P.I.M.P,” adding a musical touch to the accolade. The reintroduction of past acting winners presenting awards infused a sentimental and personal touch to the proceedings, with luminaries like Jamie Lee Curtis, Lupita Nyong’o, Christoph Waltz, and Mahershala Ali gracing the stage.  Al Pacino declared Oppenheimer as the Best Picture winner. 

The ceremony paid tribute to industry stalwarts during the “In Memoriam” segment, featuring stars like Michael Gambon, Chita Rivera, Alan Arkin, Julian Sands, Andre Braugher, Glynis Johns, Paul Reubens, and Ryan O’Neal. Andrea Bocelli’s soul-stirring rendition of “Time to Say Goodbye” alongside his son Matteo Bocelli provided a fitting and emotional end to a night that celebrated the best of the film industry.

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