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The race to the Oscars is on!

The Golden Globes winners have been announced, and the stars are now preparing for the BAFTAS red carpet on February 18th. The highly anticipated 96th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on March 10th, and the coveted golden statues are waiting patiently to be awarded.

According to critics, the frontrunners from the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards could be the favorites to take home the Oscars as well, but anything can happen.

The Oscar nominations, announced yesterday, are the first indication of which movies, actors, and crew members are in the running for this year’s awards. Two of the biggest box office hits of 2023, “Oppenheimer” and “Barbie,” are both nominated in multiple categories, with “Oppenheimer” receiving a staggering 13 nominations.

Other nominated films that are currently playing at select Ster-Kinekor cinemas nationwide include “Poor Things,” “Killers of the Flower Moon,” “Godzilla Minus One,” “May December,” “The Color Purple,” “The Zone of Interest,” and “The Holdovers.”

Due to the Oscar buzz surrounding its multiple nominations, “Oppenheimer” will also be returning to IMAX screens and select 2D cinemas for a week starting from February 23rd.

“South Africans love movies, and the big box office performers of 2023 at our cinemas are proof of this,” says Lynne Wylie, chief marketing officer of Ster-Kinekor. “They love watching their favorite actors doing what they do best – and, on the big screen as the films are crafted to be viewed. With the 2024 Oscars season officially kicking off today with this year’s Academy Award nominations, we hope everyone will join in the excitement and anticipation that is #OscarBuzz, by watching some of the nominated movies on our big screens.”

Seven of the ten films nominated for Best Picture have screened, are currently on circuit, or are releasing in the next few weeks at select Ster-Kinekor, IMAX, and Cinema Nouveau cinemas nationwide. The only way to fully appreciate the craftsmanship of these multi-nominated films is to see them on the big screen, as they were meant to be seen. This also gives movie lovers the opportunity to watch a feast of the best of the best on the big screen in the lead-up to the Oscars ceremony.

The full list of the 2024 Oscar nominations is available here. The 96th Academy Awards ceremony takes place on March 10, 2024, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted once again by comedian Jimmy Kimmel.

“As we start the countdown to the 96th Academy Awards ceremony, we invite movie lovers to watch the best films in the comfort of one of our cinemas and join in on the #OscarBuzz,” says Wylie. “We’d love to know who you think deserves to take home an Oscar this year.”