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What's On, April 2024


March 11, 2024

The 2024 Oscar Winners 

The 96th Academy Awards were the ultimate celebration of 2023 films.


The biggest night in Hollywood is always one to remember, and we can guarantee everyone will be reminiscing on Ryan Gosling’s “I’m Just Ken” performance and Messi’s (Anatomy of a Fall) clapping paws for a long time. It was an exciting evening of celebrating the best films from the past year. Overall, WIFF films earned 7 wins last night – 3 wins for films presented throughout the year with WIFF Presents and 4 wins for official selections of the Festival.

oppenheimer – 7 academy awards

Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer was the biggest winner of the evening, heading home with 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture. Christopher Nolan, Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr. were all awarded their first Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Actor and Actor in a Supporting Role, respectively. The film was also awarded in the Cinematography, Original Score and Film Editing categories.

Poor things – 4 academy awards

Lanthimos fans were celebrating last night as his latest film, Poor Things, earned 4 Academy Awards including Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling and Production Design. In what was possibly the biggest surprise of the evening (including for the winner herself), Emma Stone won Best Actress for her portrayal of Bella Baxter.

the zone of interest – 2 academy awards

A stand-out film from WIFF 2023, the intense and impactful The Zone of Interest was recognized as the Best International Feature Film. The United Kingdom’s official submission was also awarded in the Sound category.

Da’Vine Joy Randolph won her first Oscar, Actress in a Supporting Role for her standout performance in Alexander Payne’s new holiday classic, The Holdovers.

WIFF 2023 films made out well in both writing categories, with American Fiction winning for Adapted Screenplay and Anatomy of a Fall winning for Original Screenplay.

20 Days in Mariupol, one of the most impactful and eye-opening documentaries of the year won for Best Documentary Feature.

oscar winning short films

Last week at WIFF, audiences enjoyed all three slates of Oscar Nominated Short Films. The Last Repair Shop, which was co-directed by Canadian filmmaker Ben Proudfoot, was awarded Best Documentary Short Film. Wes Anderson was awarded his first Academy Award for his Live Action Short Film, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar. Wrapping up the shorts categories, War is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko was awarded Best Animated Short Film.

Billie Eilish earned her second Oscar for Best Original Song with the Barbie hit “What Was I Made For?”

Hayao Miyazaki won his second Oscar for Animated Feature Film last night for his latest film, The Boy and the Heron. He first won for Spirited Away in 2003.

Wrapping up the awards, the Godzilla Minus One made a splash on the red carpet with their custom Godzilla claw shoes and Godzilla figurines. The team was awarded for Visual Effects.


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