Which Academy Awards records might get broken at the 2024 Oscars?

Will Oppenheimer win the most Oscars ever?

96th Oscars Nominations Announcement
96th Oscars Nominations Announcement / Rodin Eckenroth/GettyImages
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This Sunday, March 10, 2024, it’s time for the 96th Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars. The ceremony will take place in Los Angeles, and celebrate the best of the best that Hollywood had to offer last year. But what about the best of the best of the best? Or, more specifically: what records might get broken at the 2024 Oscars if folks win the top awards?

That’s right… Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress aren’t enough for these entertainment industry maniacs. They also want to go down in the record books for doing something nobody has ever done before – or very rarely, or way, way back in history.

What makes this tricky to talk about of course is that there are multiple nominees in each category, meaning while there are records that could be broken, there’s potentially a one in five chance (or one in ten if we’re talking about Best Picture) that a record breaking event could actually happen.

Still, you’ll probably want to know what records could be broken, so you can impress your friends and family at your Oscars party. Here are 11 records that might get broken at the 2024 Oscars.

Oppenheimer wins the most Oscars ever

Cillian Murphy is J. Robert Oppenheimer in OPPENHEIMER, written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. /

This year the Christopher Nolan directed Oppenheimer is the top nominee with 13 nominations total. The most Oscars ever won by a movie in a single year? 11, with a three way tie between Ben-Hur, Titanic, and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

So really, all Oppenheimer would have to do is win in 11 of the 13 nominated categories and it would enter an elite club. Win 12, and it’s the all-time top best movie of all time, better than any other movie ever made. Just kidding. Sort of.

That said, there’s one other movie that has a shot at, if not the gold, a solid bronze… And could also upset Oppenheimer’s record-breaking run: Poor Things, which has 11 nominations total. As noted just above, if Poor Things makes a clean sweep, it will tie the current record holders.

Chances are, neither movie will approach the record since this is an extremely tight race all around. But if you want to do a countdown a la the atomic bomb theme of Oppenheimer as it wins awards, I guess that could be fun slash inappropriate?