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Zsuzsa Mihalek on the Shortlist for the 2024 Academy Awards

MTI-Hungary Today 2024.01.24.

Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer received the most nominations at this year’s Oscars, with 13. In the Production Design category, there is again a Hungarian nominee: Zsuzsa Mihalek is also in the running for Poor Things.

The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced the Oscar nominations on Tuesday. The shortlist was decided by the nearly 11,000-strong membership of the Academy. This year, a record number of members from 93 countries sent in their votes.

Christopher Nolan’s film about the father of the atomic bomb, Oppenheimer, was nominated for an Oscar in 13 categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Music (Original Score).

Nolan has never won an Oscar before, and none of his previous films have won the Oscar for Best Picture, but with Oppenheimer he has a great chance this year.

Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things, shot in Hungary, received 11 nominations, including Best Production Design. Zsuzsa Mihalek, who designed the set for the film, is up for the Oscar, along with James Price and Shona Heath. The film is competing in this category with Barbie, Killers of the Flower Moon, Napoleon, and Oppenheimer.


According to IMDb, Zsuzsa Mihalek began her career as a set designer in the 1980s, working on films such as Dollybirds (Csinibaba), Werckmeister Harmonies, and Argo. She has also worked as a set designer in several Hungarian productions and was nominated for a BAFTA for her work in Poor Things.

The most recent Hungarian Oscar winner was also a set/production designer. Zsuzsanna Sipos won for her work in Dune, shared with production designer Patrice Vermette.

Martin Scorsese’s epic Killers of the Flower Moon is up for 10 Oscars. Scorsese is nominated for Best Director for the 10th time. Furthermore, the film’s female lead, Lily Gladstone, is the first actress of Native American descent to be nominated for Best Actress by the Academy.

Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, grossing more than USD 1.4 billion worldwide, garnered eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.

In the Best Director category nominees are Justine Triet (Anatomy of a Fall)- the only female director in the running, Yorgos Lanthimos (Poor Things), Christopher Nolan (Oppenheimer), Martin Scorsese (Killers of the Flower Moon), and Jonathan Glazer (The Zone of Interest).

The Best Actress award is up for grabs by Annette Bening (Nyad), Lily Gladstone (Killers of the Flower Moon), Sandra Hüller (Anatomy of a Fall), Carey Mulligan (Maestro), or Emma Stone (Poor Things).

The Best Actor nominees include Bradley Cooper (Maestro), Colman Domingo (Rustin), Paul Giamatti (The Holdovers), Cillian Murphy (Oppenheimer), and Jeffrey Wright (American Fiction).

Oppenheimer and His Colleagues from Budapest
Oppenheimer and His Colleagues from Budapest

Leo Szilard and Edward Teller contributed largely to the creation of the destructive weapon, the atomic bomb.Continue reading

Supporting actresses nominated for Oscars include Emily Blunt (Oppenheimer), Jodie Foster (Nyad), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (The Holdovers), Danielle Brooks (The Color Purple), and America Ferrera (Barbie).

In addition, in the male supporting actor category, Sterling K. Brown (American Fiction), Robert De Niro (Killers of the Flower Moon), Robert Downey Jr. (Oppenheimer), Ryan Gosling (Barbie), and Mark Ruffalo (Poor Things) are competing.

In the best original film song category, two songs from Barbie, “I’m Just Ken” and “What Was I Made For?”, were nominated alongside the song “Wahzhazhe” from Killers of the Flower Moon.

The other categories and nominees can be found here.

The 96th Academy Awards gala will take place on March 10 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

The ceremony, starting at 7 p.m. local time – an hour earlier than usual – will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

Director of Iconic "Casablanca" Born in Budapest on Christmas Day, 1886
Director of Iconic

Michael Curtiz emigrated to the United States in 1926.Continue reading

Via MTI; Featured image via Pixabay

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