All 10 Best Picture nominees at the 2024 Oscars ranked worst to best

The 96th Academy Awards take place this Sunday, March 10. Have you seen all the Best Picture nominees?

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8. Oppenheimer

Cillian Murphy is J. Robert Oppenheimer in OPPENHEIMER, written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. /

Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer was another one I was super excited to watch but left the theater feeling disappointed. And like all the Best Picture nominations, there are a lot of good things about this movie. I just wanted it to be better!

I tend to feel unsatisfied with the format of biopics because they usually cover so much of one person's life and rush through impactful moments. The same can be said for Oppenheimer; it should've started later into the titular character's life to focus more on the most important parts. I also don't love how it was framed around his security clearance hearing. That's the least interesting part of the whole story, truly.

Oppenheimer is at its best when we see the physicist struggle with his moral dilemma. We relive that through his hearing, sure, but dialing into that even more would've made the movie more impactful.

All of that said, Cillian Murphy gives a stellar performance and I believe he's fully deserving of the Academy Award for Best Actor.


7. The Holdovers

HO_02661_R (l-r.) Dominic Sessa stars as Angus Tully, Da’Vine Joy Randolph as Mary Lamb and Paul Giamatti as Paul Hunham in director Alexander Payne’s THE HOLDOVERS, a Focus Features release. Credit: Seacia Pavao / © 2023 FOCUS FEATURES LLC /

Now here's a heartwarming one! The Holdovers was a pleasant surprise for me when I streamed it on Peacock, and it features some of the best performances of 2023. The compelling dramedy will have you laughing hysterically one second and tearing up the next. It tugs at your heartstrings in an organic way and I became attached to the characters from the start when I watched it.

The dialogue is fantastic and its set design, costume design, and soundtrack all do a great job transporting viewers back to the 1970s.

Paul Giamatti, Dominic Sessa, and Da'Vine Joy Randolph make for a wonderful trio, and while this might not be a movie I rewatch a bunch of times, their dynamic will stay with me. Randolph is expected to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars, an achievement she wholeheartedly deserves.