The 2024 Oscars Shortlists Say Hi, Barbie: A Preview of Potential Showstoppers

The 2024 Oscars Shortlists Say Hi, Barbie: A Preview of Potential Showstoppers
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As Hollywood gears up for the 96th Academy Awards, the Oscars shortlists have brought a wave of excitement and a hint of competition, especially in the Best Original Song category. This year's list is a vibrant mix of genres and styles, featuring the likes of Dua Lipa, Ryan Gosling, and Billie Eilish for their contributions to the soundtrack of the much-talked-about movie, "Barbie."

Greta Gerwig's "Barbie" has undoubtedly become a frontrunner, securing five mentions across various categories, including Best Sound and Best Score. However, its counterpart in our "Barbenheimer double feature," "Oppenheimer," has also made a significant impact, especially in the Best Makeup and Hairstyling category.

Best Original Song: A Melodic Battle

The shortlist for Best Original Song is an eclectic mix, featuring Dua Lipa's upbeat "Dance the Night," Ryan Gosling's catchy "I’m Just Ken," and the introspective "What Was I Made For" by Billie Eilish. These tracks, each unique in their style and appeal, set the stage for a memorable showdown at the Oscars.

Documentaries and International Features: A Global Perspective

In the categories of Best Documentary Feature and Short, films like "American Symphony," "Apolonia, Apolonia," and "Beyond Utopia" stand out, showcasing a diverse range of topics from global politics to personal narratives. The International Feature Film category further extends this global reach with entries from Armenia, Bhutan, Denmark, and beyond, each telling unique stories rooted in their respective cultures.

Makeup, Hairstyling, and Visual Effects: The Art Behind the Scenes

"Oppenheimer" and "Killers of the Flower Moon" are just two of the notable mentions in the Best Makeup and Hairstyling category, highlighting the artistry and technical skill behind cinema's most captivating visuals. In Visual Effects, films like "Godzilla Minus One" and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" promise a showcase of cutting-edge technology and creativity.

The Road to the Oscars: Timelines and Expectations

With the nominations voting set to begin on January 11 and concluding on January 16, the final nominations will be announced a week later, setting the stage for an earlier-than-usual Oscars ceremony on March 10.

As the film industry and fans alike eagerly await the final nominations, these shortlists offer a glimpse into what could be an unforgettable night at the Oscars, celebrating the finest in cinema from the past year.