The 96th Academy Awards presented an excellent catalog of movies! Political, feminist, social or simply entertainment, for all tastes and ages, if you missed some of them on the big screen or just prefer to watch it at home, find out where you can catch up on the Oscar 2024 winners from your couch, on Portuguese TV or streaming.

“Oppenheimer”, directed by Christopher Nolan

The big winner of the 96th Oscar edition was “Oppenheimer”, winning seven of its 13 nominations, among which Best Picture, Best Director, Best Male Actor and Best Supporting Male Actor. The movie tells the life story of J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the physicists who developed the atomic bomb, thus helping end World War 2. Here we see how his fame had him involved in political games. The picture is available, in Portugal, on SkyShowtime.

“Poor Things”, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

A bizarre fairytale universe, Frankenstein-style, that tells the story of Bella Baxter (Emma Stone, who won the Oscar for Best Actress), a reanimated woman, who will rapidly develop a new brain on a journey to discover the world, with no prejudices, only curiosity and hedonism. With beautiful sets the movie is a feminist manifesto, with so many readings and a lot of “pastéis de nata”. It won four Oscars and can be seen on Disney+.

“Barbie”, directed by Greta Gerwig

A comedy and fantasy film and a huge blockbuster in 2023, inspired by the Mattel, Inc. doll that tells the story of Barbie Land, a perfect place to live where perfect Barbies play a central role on society and Kens try hard to seek for the girl’s attention. Everything changes when a couple – a stereotype Barbie and a Ken – travel to the real world and they meet a new concept: patriarchy! Also labeled as a feminist film, it won the Oscar for the Best Song. You can watch it on HBO Max.

“American Fiction”, directed by Cord Jefferson

…and the Best Adapted Screenplay goes to: “American Fiction”, a brilliant debut film from Cord Jefferson, an adaptation of Percival Everett’s 2001 novel “Erasure”. The story is about a black writer that can’t publish his book, since (white) publishers think it is not “black” enough. Frustrated, and under a pseudonym, he writes a new novel with all the black cliches which, against all odds (he thought) becomes a best-seller. A great satirical movie that can be seen on Amazon Prime Video.

“The Last Repair Shop”, directed by Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers.

Winner of the Oscar for the Best Documentary Short Film, it shows one of the last musical instrument workshops, in Los Angeles, where a team maintain and repair instruments for music classes for public school children. Through intimate interviews it shows the deep love for music and its power in children’s lives, who often deal with challenging realities, during 39 minutes of poetry on screen, that can be seen on Disney+.

“The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar”, directed by Wes Anderson

Based on the 1977 short story “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar”, by Roald Dahl, the director Wes Anderson tells us the story of a playboy and gambler who learns, from a guru, to see through objects. He hopes the superpower will help him to cheat at cards, but he discovers something rather more profound instead. The film won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film and can be seen on Netflix.


“Maestro”, directed by Bradley Cooper

Directed and starred by Bradley Cooper, this biopic that can be seen on Netflix, opens with the sentence “A work of art does not answer questions, it provokes them; and its essential meaning is in the tension between the contradictory answer” a quote from Leonard Bernstein, de main character and one of the greatest American classical music masters of all time. Despite no Oscar wins, it was nominated for seven Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress.

“Killers of the Flower Moon”, directed by Martin Scorsese

Available in AppleTV+, it received 10 nominations, which was among the most of any movie at the 96th Academy Awards but didn’t win any. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Lily Gladstone this three-and-a-half-hour Western crime drama film is based on a real series of murders around the Osage Indian tribe living in Oklahoma, during the 1920s, when oil is discovered. This massacre of the American natives attracts the attention of the FBI.

“Nimona”, directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, it is a family movie based on the comic by ND Stevenson, set on a medieval futuristic world, where a knight is framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Nimona, a teenager that can easily change shape, will help him to prove his innocence… or not! A LGBTQIAP+ movie which was a great success on Netflix.

“Elemental”, directed by Peter Sohn

Produced by Pixar Animation Studios and also nominated for the Best Animated Feature, this fun love story tells us the adventures of this unlikely pair, Ember (fire) and Wade (water), who live in a world whose residents are made of fire, water, land and air. Can fire and water mix and have a happy ending? Will the differences bring them together or set them apart? Find out on Disney+ with your kids.

Adriana Ribeiro, Content Producer

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