Al Pacino Addresses Oscars Controversy Over Best Picture Presentation

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2024 Oscars: Al Pacino Divides the Internet With Best Picture Announcement

Just when Al Pacino thought he was done with his Oscars controversy, they pull him back in.

The Godfather star caused quite a stir at the 2024 Oscars March 10 when he presented the Best Picture award to Oppenheimer without listing all other nominees first.

Now, the Oscar-winner is now speaking out on the matter, echoing what a source previously told E! News that the presenting style was decided on ahead of time—and not a choice he made in the moment.

“There seems to be some controversy about my not mentioning every film by name last night before announcing the best picture award,” the 83-year-old said in a March 11 statement to Variety. “I just want to be clear it was not my intention to omit them, rather a choice by the producers not to have them said again since they were highlighted individually throughout the ceremony.”

And regardless of the critiques he received, Pacino was just thrilled to be there.

“I was honored to be a part of the evening,” he continued, “and chose to follow the way they wished for this award to be presented.”

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Typically, the presenter for Best Picture briefly lists the nominees in the category before announcing the winner. Pacino, however, did not, instead telling the audience, “Ten wonderful films were nominated, but only one will take the award for Best Picture—and I have to go to the envelope for that.” He then announced the winner, saying, “My eyes see Oppenheimer.”

And fans were very much divided on the Academy’s choice to go that route.

“Most anti-climatic Best Picture announcement ever,” one Oscar watcher wrote on X. “I wanted to see all of the nominees.” Another joked Pacino’s presentation style was an “Oscar worthy performance in its own right.”

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But regardless of how it was announced, Oppenheimer was still the big winner of the night, taking home seven awards including Best Actor for Cillian Murphy, Best Supporting Actor for Robert Downey Jr. and Best Director for Christopher Nolan, in addition to Best Picture.

Keep reading to find out who else took home an Academy Award.

Best Picture

American Fiction

Anatomy of a Fall


The Holdovers

Killers of the Flower Moon


WINNER: Oppenheimer

Past Lives

Poor Things

The Zone of Interest

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Annette Bening, NYAD

Lily Gladstone, Killers of the Flower Moon

Sandra Hüller, Anatomy of a Fall

Carey Mulligan, Maestro

WINNER: Emma Stone, Poor Things

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Bradley Cooper, Maestro

Colman Domingo, Rustin

Paul Giamatti, The Holdovers

WINNER: Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer

Jeffrey Wright, American Fiction

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Emily Blunt, Oppenheimer

Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple

America Ferrera, Barbie

Jodie Foster, NYAD

WINNER: Da’Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Sterling K. Brown, American Fiction

Robert De Niro, Killers of the Flower Moon

WINNER: Robert Downey Jr., Oppenheimer

Ryan Gosling, Barbie

Mark Ruffalo, Poor Things

Best Directing

Anatomy of a Fall, Justine Triet

Killers of the Flower Moon, Martin Scorsese

WINNER: Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan

Poor Things, Yorgos Lanthimos

The Zone of Interest, Jonathan Glazer

Best Animated Feature Film

WINNER: The Boy and the Heron



Robot Dreams

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Best International Feature Film

Io Capitano, Italy

Perfect Days, Japan

Society of the Snow, Spain

The Teachers’ Lounge, Germany

WINNER: The Zone of Interest, United Kingdom

Best Documentary Feature Film

Bobi Wine: The People’s President

The Eternal Memory

Four Daughters

To Kill a Tiger

WINNER: 20 Days in Mariupol

Best Documentary Short Film

The ABCs of Book Banning

The Barber of Little Rock

Island in Between

WINNER: The Last Repair Shop

Nǎi Nai and Wài Pó

Best Live Action Short Film

The After


Knight of Fortune

Red, White and Blue

WINNER: The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

Best Animated Short Film

Letter to a Pig

Ninety-Five Senses

Our Uniform


WINNER: War Is Over! Inspired by The Music of John & Yoko  

Best Production Design


Killers of the Flower Moon



WINNER: Poor Things

Best Original Song

“The Fire Inside,” Flamin’ Hot

“I’m Just Ken,” Barbie

“It Never Went Away,” American Symphony

“Wahzhazhe (A Song For My People),” Killers of the Flower Moon

WINNER: “What Was I Made For?,” Barbie

Best Original Score

American Fiction

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Killers of the Flower Moon

WINNER: Oppenheimer

Poor Things

Best Sound

The Creator


Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One


WINNER: The Zone of Interest

Best Makeup & Hairstyling




WINNER: Poor Things

Society of the Snow

Best Costume Design


Killers of the Flower Moon



WINNER: Poor Things

Best Original Screenplay

WINNER: Anatomy of a Fall

The Holdovers


May December

Past Lives

Best Adapted Screenplay

WINNER: American Fiction



Poor Things

The Zone of Interest

Best Visual Effects

The Creator

WINNER: Godzilla Minus One

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One


Best Film Editing

Anatomy of a Fall

The Holdovers

Killers of the Flower Moon

WINNER: Oppenheimer

Poor Things

Best Cinematography

El Conde,

Killers of the Flower Moon


WINNER: Oppenheimer

Poor Things

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