My Official 2024 Oscar Picks (+ where YOU can watch ’em)

🎶 It’s the mooooooost wonderful tiiiiiiiiiime of the yeeeeaaaarrrrr 🎶

Awards season has been amazing this year, y’all. I voted in the Independent Spirit Awards and the one tiny film I loved more than most (Chronicles of a Wandering Saint) didn’t win a damn thing. It’s okay though, I’ll keep telling people about this movie with the best after credits scene I’ve ever seen and some of them will also fall in love with it.

A few things I voted for did win, though! I will tell you that my brain was s-c-r-e-a-m-i-n-g at me when I voted. It was saying things like, “Don’t vote for that one! You know it will not win and you have to get it riiiiiiiiiiight!” and I had to tell it things like, “I am the one picking who wins, you shut the hell up and stay in your lane.”

So it was really gratifying when I got them correct. It was also pretty weird to watch an awards show I voted in. I can’t wait to do it again next year.

Okay, so the Academy Awards are airing at 7pm Eastern Time – but it’s not streaming on an app. You can watch it on your local ABC channel or get a free trial of, like, YouTube TV or Fubo or something like that. I’ll be watching along on Twitch, possibly from a blanket picnic on the bed. I haven’t decided yet.

Click here to RSVP to the event either way, I don’t want to watch alone!

I’ve seen all the Best Pic nominees and a whole bunch of the other nominees. This year, unlike other years, I’m only picking who I personally think should win. I will not tell you who I think is going to win, because it is not important to me to be right about that any longer.

Here are my picks!!!

Best Picture

  • American Fiction
  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • Barbie
  • The Holdovers
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Maestro
  • Oppenheimer
  • Past Lives
  • Poor Things
  • The Zone of Interest

I mean, Oppenheimer. There are a ton of good movies on this list (and Maestro for some reason), but Opp is objectively best. It’s the best picture.

You can stream it on Peacock!

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

Literally anyone aside from Martin Scorsese could win this and I’d be happy.

If you’re forcing me to choose one, I’d pick Christopher Nolan. He brought the most pieces together into a complete artistic puzzle.

This movie is currently streaming on Peacock!

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • Bradley Cooper — Maestro
  • Colman Domingo — Rustin
  • Paul Giamatti — The Holdovers
  • Cillian Murphy — Oppenheimer
  • Jeffrey Wright — American Fiction

I have giving this category more thought than most and I’ve watched all of the performances twice now. Except B. Coop’s of course. Once was enough.

Cillain deserves the win. Four of these performances were incredible, like refreshingly so. So I wouldn’t be mad if anyone won (aside from Bradley, of course). But Cillian? Yeah, his was the best.

Best 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

Emma Stone gave the performance of her life this year. Bella Baxter is breathtaking. This is probably one of the closest races for me.

It’s between Lily Gladstone and Emma and here is the the difference that tipped me over to the Emma side, after a lot of thought: Lily portrayed her character, while Emma created hers.

If Annette Benning wins, I will vomit profusely. I hated this movie so much. It felt like torture porn disguised as an uplifting story.

Poor Things is available for purchase on VOD at the time of this writing and will be coming to Hulu on March 7!

Best 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

Sterling K. Brown, y’all. His performance is electric. I had to remove everything else to get to this decision: better character writing than actual performance (DeNiro), more of a lifetime achievement role (RDJ).

Mark Ruffalo is my backup pick when it comes to straight up performance. He was a delight.

American Fiction is available for purchase on VOD at the time of this writing. It is schedule to come to MGM Plus on March 8, with the possibility of arriving on Amazon Prime at a later date.

Best 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

I loved Da’Vine, but Danielle Brooks broke my heart and then put it back together and broke it and put it back together and she did it all while singing and it was fabulous.

Da’Vine did all that (okay but not singing – this was not a musical), but I feel her award, much like I feel for Jeffrey Wright in ‘American Fiction’ – she’s being awarded more for the words she’s saying (her character) than the way she is saying them.

If Jodie Foster wins, I will riot, similar to the Annette Benning situation above.

The Color Purple is currently available to stream on Max.

Best Original Screenplay

  • Anatomy of a Fall — Justine Triet and Arthur Harari
  • The Holdovers — David Hemingson
  • Maestro — Bradley Cooper and Josh Singer
  • May December — Samy Burch and Alex Mechanik
  • Past Lives — Celine Song

Anatomy of a Fall has my heart for this one. Out of all the Oscar nominees this year, it was this film that stuck with me most. From introducing me to a whole new way of doing court to getting a certain reggae cover stuck in my head on repeat at the weirdest times and to the zolts of realization about what this meant or that meant or how something changed the way I thought not only in the realm of this film, but the whole of my life.

This will mean something to only a few people, but I think this movie was my “Triangle of Sadness” for the year.

Plus, I want to see Justine Triet’s speech. I’m still all heated about what France did to her in the Best International Feature category.

Anatomy of a Fall is available to rent or buy on VOD. It will be available to stream on Hulu on March 22.

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • American Fiction — Cord Jefferson
  • Barbie — Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach
  • Oppenheimer — Christopher Nolan
  • Poor Things — Tony McNamara
  • The Zone of Interest — Jonathan Glazer

American Fiction. This is one of the easiest ones for me. The dialogue in this movie was snappy and smart and almost got me fooled on my Best Actor pick.

American Fiction is available for purchase on VOD at the time of this writing. It is schedule to come to MGM Plus on March 8, with the possibility of arriving on Amazon Prime at a later date.

Best Costume Design

  • Barbie — Jacqueline Durran
  • Killers of the Flower Moon — Jacqueline West
  • Napoleon — Janty Yates and David Crossman
  • Oppenheimer — Ellen Mirojnick
  • Poor Things — Holly Waddington

This one is hard. It’s so close between Barbie and Poor Things. Both did amazing things for their characters. One in recreating a childhood that already existed and the other for creating a childtoadult’s fanciful wardrobe that told a story unto itself.

Shit I guess I have a winner. Poor Things.

Poor Things is available for purchase on VOD at the time of this writing and will be coming to Hulu on March 7!

Best 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

If Maestro wins this, I will react similarly to if anything wins for Nyad.

Society of the Snow should, by all rights, win this. The makeup and hairstyling was stellar, so crisp and cold. Seeing the deterioration in their bodies (through the aforementioned makeup and hairstyling) and their clothes was an incredible bit of storytelling. It should be awarded.

Society of the Snow is currently streaming on Netflix.

Best Cinematography

  • El Conde
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Maestro
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things

Oppenheimer. I’ve watched it on the big and the small screen and it looks near perfect on both.

This visually stunning movie is currently streaming on Peacock!

Best Visual Effects

  • The Creator
  • Godzilla Minus One
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
  • Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
  • Napoleon

I wanna see Godzilla win an Oscar, y’all.

This film is coming to Disney+ on July 8.

Best Sound

  • The Creator
  • Maestro
  • Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
  • Oppenheimer
  • The Zone of Interest

Every year I have an award that I become obsessively passionate about. This year, for the first time I think, that category is Best Sound.

The Zone of Interest has possibly the best Sound Design/Execution of any movie I have seen, not only this year, but maybe… ever.

I’ma be a MAD JACKI if this doesn’t win.

This important film is currently available to buy on VOD. It will be streaming on MAX later this year.

Best Film Editing

  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • The Holdovers
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things

Another one for Opp.

Best Production Design

  • Barbie
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Napoleon
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things

Another Barbie and Poor Things faceoff. This time, however, I think this one goes to Barbie for the transportation scenes alone!

Barbie is currently streaming on Max.

Best 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

Give Ludwig his second Oscar, please.

Watch this movie on Peacock!

Best Original Song

I know this is against popular opinion, but I really want “I’m Just Ken” to win this. The song is a certified bop.

Watch this movie on Max – try the ASL version!

Best Animated Feature Film

  • The Boy and the Heron
  • Elemental
  • Nimona
  • Robot Dreams
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

I am not voting in this category because I do not think the Best Animated Feature Film was even nominated this year. That movie is “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” and I loved it way way way way way (there are not enough ways) more than I thought I would.

Out of these, I mean, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse takes it.

You can watch it on Netflix.

But also… watch the Turtles on Amazon Prime.

Best International Feature Film

  • Io Capitano
  • Perfect Days
  • Society of the Snow
  • The Teachers’ Lounge
  • The Zone of Interest

The Zone of Interest. Gosh, it was a masterpiece of silent horror. Not like scary horror-movie horror, but real life genocide/holocaust horror.

This movie is currently available to buy on VOD. It will be streaming on MAX later this year

Best Animated Short Film

  • Letter to a Pig
  • Ninety-Five Senses
  • Our Uniform
  • Pachyderme
  • War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko

I love me a short film and of the ones I’ve seen here, Ninety-Five Senses is IT.

You can watch it on Documentary Plus.

Best Live Action Short Film

  • The After
  • Invincible
  • Knight of Fortune
  • Red, White and Blue
  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

Wes Anderson is finally gonna win an Oscar y’all. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar made my insides so happy.

Make your insides happy by watching it on Netflix.

Best Documentary Feature Film

  • Bobi Wine: The People’s President
  • The Eternal Memory
  • Four Daughters
  • To Kill a Tiger
  • 20 Days in Mariupol 

I voted for Four Daughters in the Independent Spirit Awards and I will also vote for it here.

This film is available to rent or buy on VOD.

Best Documentary Short Film

  • The ABCs of Book Banning
  • The Barber of Little Rock
  • Island in Between
  • The Last Repair Shop
  • Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó

This is available to stream on Paramount+.

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