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  • Writer's pictureValerie A. Higgs

Happy New Year! It's Oscar Season!

I hope everyone had a safe and fun New Year's Eve and is relaxing today.

I did a lot of work yesterday, so you should be able to access my 2023 Holiday episode now and we are on track for the next two episodes, Ugetsu and Goodfellas. They have been recorded, edited, and scheduled to post.

It's Oscar Season! The nominations will be announced on January 23rd, and the ceremony will be broadcast on Sunday, March 10th. I was going to say I would be live tweeting, but I have given up on Twitter. I no longer have a presence there. I will figure something out for this year.

In the meantime, let's take a look at some predictions. These are Variety Magazine's 2024 Oscar predictions. You can find their entire list here. These are the categories that I am personally interested in as they could one day be added to the American or British Film Institutes' list of greats.

I saw Oppenheimer, but I believe that's it, so I have a lot of work ahead!

Best Picture

“American Fiction” (MGM)

Cord Jefferson, Jermaine Johnson, Nikos Karamigios, Ben LeClair

“Barbie” (Warner Bros.)

David Heyman, Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley, Robbie Brenner

“The Holdovers” (Focus Features)

Mark Johnson, Bill Block, David Hemingson

“Killers of the Flower Moon” (Apple Original Films/Paramount Pictures)

Dan Friedkin, Martin Scorsese, Bradley Thomas, Daniel Lupi

“Maestro“ (Netflix)

Fred Berner, Bradley Cooper, Amy Durning, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg

“Oppenheimer” (Universal Pictures) ***

Emma Thomas, Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan

“Past Lives” (A24)

David Hinojosa, Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon

“Poor Things” (Searchlight Pictures)

Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Yorgos Lanthimos, Emma Stone

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” (Sony Pictures)

Avi Arad, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Amy Pascal, Christina Steinberg

“The Zone of Interest” (A24)

Ewa Puszczynska, James Wilson



Greta Gerwig

“Barbie” (Warner Bros.)

Jonathan Glazer

“The Zone of Interest” (A24)

Christopher Nolan ***

“Oppenheimer” (Universal Pictures)

Alexander Payne

“The Holdovers” (Focus Features)

Martin Scorsese

“Killers of the Flower Moon” (Apple Original Films/Paramount Pictures)


Original Screenplay

“Anatomy of a Fall” (Neon)

Justine Triet, Arthur Harari

“Barbie” (Warner Bros.) ***

Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach

“The Holdovers” (Focus Features)

David Hemingson

“May December” (Netflix)

Samy Burch, Alex Mechanik

“Past Lives” (A24)

Celine Song


Adapted Screenplay

“All of Us Strangers” (Searchlight Pictures)

Andrew Haigh (based on the book by Taichi Yamada)

“American Fiction” (MGM)

Cord Jefferson (based on “Erasure” by Percival Everett)

“Killers of the Flower Moon” (Apple Original Films/Paramount Pictures)

Eric Roth, Martin Scorsese (based on the book by David Grann)

“Oppenheimer” (Universal Pictures)

Christopher Nolan (based on “American Prometheus” by Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin)

“Poor Things” (Searchlight Pictures) ***

Tony McNamara (based on the book by Alasdair Gray)

I'm surprised Saltburn isn't on this list. There has been a lot of talk about it, and I'm particularly interested in seeing it. I also think The Color Purple will also make a late entry. I that Best Picture will be either Oppenheimer or Barbie, but I have to see the rest before making a definitive decision. I would also not be surprised if Killers of the Flower Moon wins.

Let me know what your picks are for 2024 and look out for the next two episodes coming atcha in the next two weeks. I hope you have a very happy 2024!

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