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  • Writer's pictureViknesh Silvalingam

Countdown to Gold: My Predictions for the 96th Academy Awards

Updated: Mar 11

With Super Bowl 58 now in the rearview mirror, all eyes in the entertainment world are turning towards the next big event: the 96th Academy Awards. As a fervent film aficionado, I can hardly contain my excitement for Hollywood's most prestigious night, set to unfold at the iconic Dolby Theatre in the heart of Los Angeles, California, on March 10, 2024, at 4 PM PST.


official poster of the 96th Academy awards
Oscar gold awaits!

With the anticipation building, I find myself immersed in the exhilarating realm of predictions and speculations. Which cinematic gems will clinch the coveted golden statuettes this year? From heart-wrenching dramas to side-splitting comedies, the past year has gifted us with a plethora of cinematic marvels, each deserving of recognition for its contribution to the art of filmmaking.






Join me as I embark on this thrilling journey, refining and updating my predictions in the weeks leading up to the grand event. Be sure to stay tuned for the latest updates, as I'll be revealing my final selections on the eve of the ceremony. Let the countdown to the Oscars begin!


*movies that I have not watched...yet

Best Picture

My Prediction

Winner

American Fiction*



Anatomy of a Fall



Barbie



The Holdovers



Killers of the Flower Moon



Maestro



Oppenheimer





Past Lives



Poor Things*



The Zone of Interest*



DIRECTING

My Prediction

Winner

Jonathan Glazer, The Zone of Interest



Yorgos Lanthimos, Poor Things



Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer





Martin Scorsese, Killers of the Flower Moon



Justine Triet, Anatomy of a Fall



ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

My Prediction

Winner

Bradley Cooper, Maestro



Colman Domingo, Rustin



Paul Giamatti, The Holdovers




Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer






Jeffrey Wright, American Fiction *



ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

My Prediction

Winner

Annette Bening, Nyad



Lily Gladstone, Killers of the Flower Moon




Sandra Hüller, Anatomy of a Fall



Carey Mulligan, Maestro



Emma Stone, Poor Things*






ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

My Prediction

Winner

Sterling K. Brown, American Fiction*



Robert De Niro, Killers of the Flower Moon



Robert Downey Jr., Oppenheimer






Ryan Gosling, Barbie




Mark Ruffalo, Poor Things *



ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

My Prediction

Winner

Emily Blunt, Oppenheimer



Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple*




America Ferrera, Barbie




Jodie Foster, Nyad



Da’Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers




WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

My Prediction

Winner

Anatomy of a Fall




The Holdovers




May December



Maestro



Past Lives



WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

My Prediction

Winner

American Fiction*




Barbie



Oppenheimer




Poor Things*



The Zone of Interest




ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

My Prediction

Winner

The Boy and the Heron*




Elemental



Nimona*



Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse




Robot Dreams*



My Prediction

Winner

Barbie




Killers of the Flower Moon



Napoleon



Oppenheimer



Poor Things*




My Prediction

Winner

Barbie



Killers of the Flower Moon




Napoleon



Oppenheimer



Poor Things*




My Prediction

Winner

El Conde



Killers of the Flower Moon



Maestro



Oppenheimer





Poor Things*



FILM EDITING

My Prediction

Winner

Anatomy of a Fall



The Holdovers



Killers of the Flower Moon



Oppenheimer





Poor Things*



My Prediction

Winner

Golda*



Maestro



Oppenheimer



Poor Things*





Society of the Snow



My Prediction

Winner

The Creator



Maestro



Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One



Oppenheimer




The Zone of Interest




My Prediction

Winner

The Creator




Godzilla Minus One*




Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3



Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One



Napoleon



MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

My Prediction

Winner

American Fiction



Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny



Killers of the Flower Moon




Oppenheimer




Poor Things



MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

My Prediction

Winner

The Fire Inside (“Flamin’ Hot”)



I’m Just Ken (“Barbie”)



It Never Went Away (“American Symphony”)



Wahzhazhe (A Song For My People) (“Killers of the Flower Moon”)



What Was I Made For?” (“Barbie”)





DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

My Prediction

Winner

Bobi Wine: The People’s President



The Eternal Memory*



Four Daughters*



To Kill a Tiger*




20 Days in Mariupol





INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

My Prediction

Winner

The Teachers’ Lounge, Germany*



Io Capitano, Italy*



Perfect Days, Japan*



Society of the Snow, Spain



The Zone of Interest,” United Kingdom*





My Prediction

Winner

Letter to a Pig*



Ninety-Five Senses*



Our Uniform*




Pachyderme*



War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko*




DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

My Predictions

Winner

The ABCs of Book Banning



The Barber of Little Rock



Island in Between



The Last Repair Shop





Nai Nai & Wai Po



LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

My Prediction

Winner

The After



Invincible




Knight of Fortune*



Red, White and Blue*



The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar





VISUAL EFFECTS

My Prediction

Winner

THE CREATOR

Jay Cooper, Ian Comley, Andrew Roberts and Neil Corbould



GODZILLA MINUS ONE

Takashi Yamazaki, Kiyoko Shibuya, Masaki Takahashi and Tatsuji Nojima





GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3

Stephane Ceretti, Alexis Wajsbrot, Guy Williams and Theo Bialek




MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - DEAD RECKONING PART ONE

Alex Wuttke, Simone Coco, Jeff Sutherland and Neil Corbould



NAPOLEON

Charley Henley, Luc-Ewen Martin-Fenouillet, Simone Coco and Neil Corbould





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