EntertainmentEmma Stone's Oscar Win Sparks Outrage, Critics Champion Lily Gladstone

Emma Stone's Oscar Win Sparks Outrage, Critics Champion Lily Gladstone

Lily Gladstone had to acknowledge Emma Stone's superiority.
Lily Gladstone had to acknowledge Emma Stone's superiority.
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12:57 PM EDT, March 11, 2024

"Lily Gladstone was robbed," "Give her the Oscar immediately," "The Academy is mocking us," and "Lily Gladstone was underestimated" - these comments are rampant on social media following the 96th Oscar ceremony. It appears the most controversial topic this year was the award for the leading actress, which, according to the American Academy, rightfully went to Emma Stone.

It's worth noting that Emma Stone took the lead in "Poor Creatures" under Yorgos Lanthimos' direction. The film was a contender in eleven categories and secured four Oscars. On the other hand, Lily Gladstone shone in Martin Scorsese's "Killers of the Flower Moon," which, despite ten nominations, did not clinch any awards, positioning it as this year's most notable omission.

Though "Killers of the Flower Moon" wasn't pegged as a frontrunner for accolades this year, Lily Gladstone was frequently mentioned as a strong contender for the Oscar. The 37-year-old actress, hailing from the Blackfeet reservation in Montana, had previously won a Golden Globe for her role in Scorsese's film yet failed to receive the same recognition from most American Academy members. Consequently, the prestigious golden statuette was awarded to Emma Stone, marking her second Oscar win after "La La Land."

The competition in the best actress category also included Annette Benning for "Nyad," Carey Mulligan in "Maestro," and Sandra Huller for "Anatomy of a Fall."

Lily Gladstone is celebrated for her roles in critically acclaimed movies like Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, Winter in the Blood, Scalped, and The Unknown Country, as well as her television roles in Billions and Resident Alien.

"Killers of the Flower Moon," with a runtime of over three hours, narrates a harrowing crime saga from the 1920s involving the mysterious disappearances of Osage tribe members in Oklahoma. Known as America's wealthiest Indians due to lucrative oil deposits on their reservation lands, the Osage people's fortunes attracted covert and brutal exploitation by white guardians appointed over them.

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