96th Academy Awards: Oppenheimer steals the show from Apple

### The 96th Oscars: Oppenheimer Outshines Apple’s Contenders

In the aftermath of the 96th Academy Awards ceremony held in Los Angeles, Apple’s Newsroom found itself unusually silent. Unlike previous years, where prompt press releases would boast of wins and nominations, the focus remained on upcoming additions to their streaming catalog. This reticence was particularly noticeable, given that Apple’s highly-touted film „Killers of the Flower Moon“ had received a not-insignificant sum of ten nominations but failed to secure a single win.

### High Hopes Dashed

Directed by Martin Scorsese and featuring a stellar cast including Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, „Killers of the Flower Moon“ entered the Oscar race with high hopes. The film, however, could not clinch any awards, facing strong competition from Christopher Nolan’s biopic, „Oppenheimer.“ Nolan’s portrayal of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the American physicist pivotal in the development of the first atomic bomb, and starring Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, and Robert Downey Jr., swept the awards in most of the categories.

### A Night of Surprises

Both „Killers of the Flower Moon“ and „Oppenheimer“ were nominated for “Best Picture,” “Best Director,” “Best Actor in a Leading Role,” “Best Actor in a Supporting Role,” “Best Cinematography,” “Best Production Design,” “Best Costume Design,” “Best Original Score,” and “Best Film Editing.” Against all odds, it was Nolan’s „Oppenheimer“ that emerged as the night’s surprise victor, usurping awards in nearly all these categories.

Out of its thirteen nominations, „Oppenheimer“ won in seven categories, including „Best Picture,“ „Best Actor in a Leading Role,“ „Best Actor in a Supporting Role,“ „Best Production Design,“ and „Best Original Score.“ In stark contrast, “Killers of the Flower Moon” walked away empty-handed despite its multiple nods.

### Other Apple Contenders: Napoleon Falls Short

It wasn’t just “Killers of the Flower Moon” facing disappointment; Apple’s historical epic „Napoleon,“ despite being strategically released in theaters to qualify for the Oscars, failed to win in any of its three nominated categories („Best Production Design,“ „Best Costume Design,“ and „Best Visual Effects“).

### Reflections and Moving Forward

The silence from Apple’s Newsroom post-Oscars speaks volumes, marking a moment of reflection for the tech giant’s foray into cinematic endeavors. While the anticipation for “Killers of the Flower Moon” and „Napoleon“ was palpable, the night unequivocally belonged to „Oppenheimer.“

The results of the 96th Academy Awards serve as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of the film industry and the Oscars themselves. As Apple plots its next steps, the focus on delivering high-quality content remains undeterred. The world of cinema is no stranger to surprise upsets and dark horses; what matters is the resilience to come back stronger, ready to enchant audiences once more.
source: https://www.ifun.de/96-oscar-verleihung-oppenheimer-stiehlt-apple-die-show-229040/

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