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It’s a wrap - Oscars 2024

By Nikoleta Morales


It is a wrap for the 96th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Маrch 12. It was a ceremony filled with emotion, surprises and great performances. The red carpet was back once again from its brief absence last year, reminding us why we missed it in the first place and its iconic look. 


Some of this year’s ceremony highlights included Ryan Gosling’s iconic performance of “I am Just Ken” that became the reason why Oscar winner Emma Stone ripped her dress right before her Oscar award; naked John Cena presenting the award for Best Costume Design; previous winners announcing this year’s winners, among other fun moments. 


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I had the honor to be accepted for a 6th year to cover the Academy Awards in the press room where the winners came with their Oscar statues. This year there were a few winners missing in the press room and one of them was Robert Downey Jr. Among some of my favorite winners this year were Billie Eilish, Emma Stone, Cillian Murphy, Holly Waddington and Da'Vine Joy Randolph. 


I was rooting for the “Barbie” movie as I was dressed in a pink dress designed by House of Solana but “Oppenheimer” took seven Oscars home, leaving “Barbie” with one - for Original Song “What Was I Made For?” by Billie Eilish. “Poor Things” took home four Oscars. 


I was selected to ask Best Costume Designer for “Poor Things,” Holly Waddington, a question after her Oscar win. In addition, I was stunned sitting in the front row watching Emma Stone and Billie Eilish hold their Oscars and get emotional about their wins. 


Right when I came back, they sewed me back in, which was wonderful. I generally do think I busted it during, "I'm Just Ken." I was so amazed by Ryan and what he was doing, and that number just blew my mind. And I was right there, and I just was going for it, and, you know, things happen,” said Emma Stone emotionally in the press room.  




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Nikoleta Morales: Congratulations on your win and incredible work through the designs in “Poor Things.” So my question to you is, where do you get inspired? And where do you find magic to create these incredible costumes? Because, you know, when the actress wears the costumes, it's almost like they create that magic, but also the costumes themselves are part of the magical being. So I just want to know where do you draw inspiration from, and which costume is your favorite?


Holly Weddington: ​Interesting. Well, I mean, I think I draw inspiration from everything and everywhere. Normal stuff actually. I'm most inspired by the everyday things in life actually. For POOR THINGS, you know, my collaborators were very inspiring. Working with Shona Heath and James Price and the stuff that they were coming up with was really exciting, and I was trying to respond to that. And also looking -- you know, the history of fashion is pretty fantastic. And what was the second part? Which was my favorite costume? I do really love this weird lobster tail that she wears in the garden early on in the house. I think that's my favorite piece of costume. I like the blue jacket and the yellow knickers too.

Here is a list of who won an Oscar this year:


Actor in a Leading Role

Cillian Murphy


Actor in a Supporting Role

Robert Downey Jr.


Actress in a Leading Role

Emma Stone


Actress in a Supporting Role

Da'Vine Joy Randolph


Animated Feature Film

The Boy and the Heron


Cinematography:

Oppenheimer - Hoyte van Hoytema


Costume Design

Poor Things - Holly Waddington


Directing

Oppenheimer - Christopher Nolan


Documentary Feature Film

20 Days in Mariupol


Documentary Short Film

The Last Repair Shop


Film Editing

Oppenheimer - Jennifer Lame


International Feature Film

The Zone of Interest - United Kingdom



Makeup and Hairstyling

Poor Things - Nadia Stacey, Mark Coulier and Josh Weston


Music Original Score

Oppenheimer - Ludwig Göransson


Music Original Song

WHAT WAS I MADE FOR? (Barbie) - Billie Eilish


Best Picture

Oppenheimer 


Production Design

Poor Things

Production Design: James Price and Shona Heath; Set Decoration: Zsuzsa Mihalek


Animated Short Film

WAR IS OVER! INSPIRED BY THE MUSIC OF JOHN & YOKO


Live Action Short Film

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar


Sound

The Zone of Interest - Tarn Willers and Johnnie Burn


Visual Effects

Godzilla Minus One

Takashi Yamazaki, Kiyoko Shibuya, Masaki Takahashi and Tatsuji Nojima


Writing - Original Screenplay

Anatomy of a Fall - Justine Triet and Arthur Harari


Writing - Adapted Screenplay

American Fiction - Written for the screen by Cord Jefferson



Some fun facts about the Oscars:


  • Number of features eligible for Academy Awards: 321

  • Number of countries submitting for International Feature Film: 88 

  • Number of voting members: 9,341 voting members (as of January 16, 2024)

  • Number of countries in which the 96th Oscars telecast was seen: More than 200

  • Number of Oscar statuettes presented since the first Academy Awards: 3,395 

  • Height of Oscar statuette: 13½ inches 

  • Diameter of Oscar statuette base: 5¼ inches 

  • Weight of Oscar statuette: 8½ pounds


My Oscars night ended by meeting and talking with Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky about their Oscars experience, leaving me a little bit starstruck by their presence.



 

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