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Variety’s 17 Actors on Actors, Cover Stars Score 2024 Oscar Nominations

Variety is celebrating the 2024 Oscar nominees who have graced the magazine’s covers, participated in Actors on Actors and Directors on Directors, and spoken on the Awards Circuit podcast this season. The nominations for the 96th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning, with “Oppenheimer,” “Poor Things,” “Killers of the Flower Moon,” “Barbie” and “Maestro” among the best picture contenders.

Revisit Variety‘s best coverage and interviews with the nominees below.

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Lily Gladstone (“Killers of the Flower Moon”), best actress: Lily Gladstone on Welcoming ‘Flower Moon’ Criticism, Mollie’s Agency and Scorsese’s Limitations While Telling an Osage Story

Christopher Nolan (“Oppenheimer”), best picture, director and adapted screenplay: Christopher Nolan on Turning ‘Oppenheimer’ Into a Near-$1 Billion Hit — And What’s Next

Margot Robbie & LuckyChap (“Barbie”), best picture: Margot Robbie & LuckyChap’s Entertainment Empire: How They’re Thriving Off ‘Barbie,’ ‘Saltburn’ Shocks and ‘Being Original Every Time’

Carey Mulligan (“Maestro”), best actress: Carey Mulligan Never Felt Like a ‘Proper Actor.’ Then Came ‘Maestro’: ‘I’m Going to Absolutely Do It All’

Billie Eilish (“Barbie”), original song: Billie Eilish Was Made for This: ‘Being a Woman Is Just a War, Forever’

Celine Song (“Past Lives”), original screenplay: ‘Past Lives’ Director Celine Song and Star Greta Lee Break Down the Film’s ‘Emotionally Challenging’ Ending: ‘It’s Meant to Be a Knife’

Emma Thomas (“Oppenheimer”), best picture: ‘Oppenheimer’ Producer Emma Thomas on the Biggest Misconceptions About Christopher Nolan and Why It’s the ‘Riskiest’ Film They’ve Made

Actors on Actors:

Emma Stone (“Poor Things”), best picture and actress; Bradley Cooper (“Maestro”), best picture, actor and original screenplay: ‘Jumping Off the Cliff Every Day’: Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper Spent Six Years Each on ‘Poor Things’ and ‘Maestro’

Cillian Murphy (“Oppenheimer”), best actor: When Barbie Meets Oppenheimer: Margot Robbie and Cillian Murphy Discuss Their Blockbuster Hits in Epic ‘Barbenheimer’ Conversation

Colman Domingo (“Rustin”), best actor: ‘Euphoria’ Stars Jacob Elordi and Colman Domingo Finally Break Big at the Movies: ‘I Feel the Most Free in My Career I Ever Have’

Robert Downey Jr. (“Oppenheimer”) and Mark Ruffalo (“Poor Things”), supporting actor: Marvel Stars Assemble: Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo on ‘Oppenheimer,’ Going Naked in ‘Poor Things’ and Not Always Understanding MCU Dialogue

Da’Vine Joy Randolph (“The Holdovers”), supporting actress: Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Alden Ehrenreich’s Busy Year: ‘Fair Play’ Gender Roles, ‘The Idol’ Rumors and Waiting for ’30 Bigger Names’ to Audition First

Jeffrey Wright (“American Fiction”), best actor: Taraji P. Henson and Jeffrey Wright Bond Over Conquering All Genres: ‘If It Doesn’t Scare the S— Out of Me, I Don’t Want to Do It’

Emily Blunt (“Oppenheimer”), supporting actress: Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt Reunite to Share ‘Devil Wears Prada’ Stories and Bond Over Christopher Nolan

Annette Bening (“Nyad”), best actress: Julianne Moore and Annette Bening Reunite to Discuss ‘Nyad’ Training, ‘May December’ Danger and Filming Great Movies in 23 Days

Directors on Directors:

Yorgos Lanthimos (“Poor Things”), best director: Yorgos Lanthimos and Ari Aster on ‘Poor Things,’ Sex Scenes and Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Beau Is Afraid’ Reaction: ‘Why Would I Do This?’

Awards Circuit podcast:

America Ferrera (“Barbie”), supporting actress: Why America Ferrera Was ‘Compelled’ to Play a Trump-Voting White Woman in ‘Dumb Money’: ‘I Was Being Considered for a Role That’s Not Latina’

Greta Gerwig (“Barbie”), adapted screenplay: Greta Gerwig on Writing ‘Barbie’ for Ryan Gosling and Watching Kingsley Ben-Adir ‘Ascend the Throne’ in His Final Scene: ‘Get This to Whoever Is Making James Bond’

Sterling K. Brown (“American Fiction”), supporting actor: Sterling K. Brown Discusses ‘American Fiction’ and Pays Tribute to the Late Ron Cephas Jones: ‘You Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying’

Danielle Brooks (“The Color Purple”), supporting actress: ‘The Color Purple’ Star Danielle Brooks on Finally Feeling Worthy of Praise After Emmy and Tony Disappointments

Sandra Hüller (“Anatomy of a Fall”), best actress: Sandra Hüller on Breaking a No-Holocaust-Movie Rule for ‘Zone of Interest,’ and Whether Her ‘Anatomy of a Fall’ Character Is Guilty

Cord Jefferson (“American Fiction”), best picture and adapted screenplay: Cord Jefferson Says Aziz Ansari ‘Planted the Seed’ for Him to Direct ‘American Fiction’ While Filming ‘Master of None’

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