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Feinberg Snapshot: How the Grammys and Other Recent Events Are Impacting the Oscar Race

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Best Actor

Colman Domingo (Rustin)

The actor received public praise from Walter Naegle, the life partner of the late Bayard Rustin: “You’ve brought Bayard’s spirit to a world audience — the intelligence, integrity, compassion and commitment, all driven by a joy for living.”

Best Actress

Lily Gladstone (Killers of the Flower Moon)

The 37-year-old breakout, who, for her turn as Mollie in Martin Scorsese’s drama, became the first Indigenous American to be nominated for an acting Oscar, was profiled by The New Yorker on Feb. 4.

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Best Supporting Actor

Mark Ruffalo (Poor Things)

The actors’ actor and fan favorite who is nominated for an Oscar for the fourth time (his previous noms were for You Can Count on Me, The Kids Are All Right and Foxcatcher) will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Feb. 8.

Best Original Score

Oppenheimer

Ludwig Göransson’s score was awarded best score soundtrack album for visual media at the Grammys on Feb. 4, beating his own Black Panther: Wakanda Forever score and another 2024 Oscar nominee, John Williams’ Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.

Best Original Song

“What Was I Made For?,” Barbie

Billie Eilish and Finneas’ tune won Grammys for song of the year (over, among others, Dua Lipa’s “Dance the Night” from the same film) and best song written for visual media (“I’m Just Ken” and “Dance the Night” were also nominees).

Best Documentary Short

Nai Nai & Wài Pó

Disney+ held a Lunar New Year celebration for the Los Angeles premiere of Sean Wang’s portrait of his Chinese immigrant grandmothers. The 17-minute short film previously won the 2023 documentary short film award at AFI Fest.

This story first appeared in the Feb. 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.

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