Why Wes Anderson, Leonardo DiCaprio & More Stars Were MIA From Oscars

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Originally appeared on E! Online

It might be film's biggest night, but there are always stars who can't attend the Oscars.

And this year was no exception, with a number of the biggest names in Hollywood including Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Pfeiffer and new Oscar winner Wes Anderson absent from the March 10 ceremony.

But while The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar director was unable to accept his award for Best Live Action Short Film in person, he shared a statement celebrating the cast and crew, including stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Ben Kingsley.

"If I could have been there, I (along with Steven Rales) would have said ‘Thank you' to: the family of Roald Dahl; the team at Netflix; our cast and crew," the director said in a statement to E! News. "And also I would have said: if I had not met Owen Wilson in a corridor at the University of Texas between classes when I was 18 years old, I would certainly not be receiving this award tonight—but unfortunately Steven and I are in Germany and we start shooting our new movie early tomorrow morning, so I did not actually receive the award or get a chance to say any of that."

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Wes isn't the only celebrity for whom filming schedules conflicted with the Oscars: sources told E! News that Leo, who starred in the Best Picture nominee Killers of the Flower Moon, was shooting his new Paul Thomas Anderson film that same day.

Wes Anderson, Leonardo DiCaprio
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Other celebrities whose absences were noted include Gigi Hadid, who fans hoped would make her red carpet debut with boyfriend and Maestro nominee Bradley Cooper, Taylor Swift and Tom Holland.

Gigi reportedly stayed at home with her 3-year-old daughter Khai, while Taylor just wrapped the international leg of her tour in Singapore. And for Tom's part, though he wasn't nominated himself, fingers were crossed he would appear alongside his girlfriend Zendaya, who was one of the evening's presenters, on the red carpet.

One absence also prevented a much-anticipated reunion. When Al Pacino came onstage to present the award in the evening's Best Picture category, he did so alone, despite being originally expected to appear alongside his Scarface costar Michelle. While the pair had been listed as presenters ahead of the evening, Michelle was unable to attend the Los Angeles ceremony as she was on the East Coast for personal family reasons, according to Deadline.

But despite the absences, it was night full of stars, a group of whom walked away with an Academy Award. Keep reading for a full breakdown of the 2024 Oscar winners.

<p>Best Picture</p>

<p>Best Picture</p>

American Fiction
Anatomy of a Fall
Barbie
The Holdovers
Killers of the Flower Moon
Maestro
WINNER: Oppenheimer
Past Lives
Poor Things
The Zone of Interest


<p>Best Actress in a Leading Role</p>

<p>Best Actress in a Leading Role</p>

Annette Bening, NYAD
Lily Gladstone, Killers of the Flower Moon
Sandra Hüller, Anatomy of a Fall
Carey Mulligan, Maestro
WINNER: Emma Stone, Poor Things


<p>Best Actor in a Leading Role</p>

<p>Best Actor in a Leading Role</p>

Bradley Cooper, Maestro
Colman Domingo, Rustin
Paul Giamatti, The Holdovers
WINNER: Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer
Jeffrey Wright, American Fiction


<p>Best Actress in a Supporting Role</p>

<p>Best Actress in a Supporting Role</p>

Emily Blunt, Oppenheimer
Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple
America Ferrera, Barbie
Jodie Foster, NYAD
WINNER: Da'Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers


<p>Best Actor in a Supporting Role</p>

<p>Best Actor in a Supporting Role</p>

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


<p>Best Directing</p>

<p>Best Directing</p>

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


<p>Best Animated Feature Film</p>

<p>Best Animated Feature Film</p>


<p>Best Documentary Feature Film</p>

<p>Best Documentary Feature Film</p>


<p>Best Live Action Short Film</p>

<p>Best Live Action Short Film</p>

The After
Invincible
Knight of Fortune
Red, White and Blue
WINNER: The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar


<p>Best Animated Short Film</p>

<p>Best Animated Short Film</p>

Letter to a Pig
Ninety-Five Senses
Our Uniform
Pachyderme
WINNER: War Is Over! Inspired by The Music of John & Yoko  


<p>Best Production Design</p>

<p>Best Production Design</p>

Barbie
Killers of the Flower Moon
Napoleon
Oppenheimer
WINNER: Poor Things


<p>Best Original Song</p>

<p>Best Original Song</p>

"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


<p>Best Original Score</p>

<p>Best Original Score</p>

American Fiction
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
Killers of the Flower Moon
WINNER: Oppenheimer
Poor Things


<p>Best Sound</p>

<p>Best Sound</p>

The Creator
Maestro
Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One
Oppenheimer
WINNER: The Zone of Interest


<p>Best Makeup & Hairstyling</p>

<p>Best Makeup & Hairstyling</p>

Golda
Maestro
Oppenheimer
WINNER: Poor Things
Society of the Snow


<p>Best Costume Design</p>

<p>Best Costume Design</p>

Barbie
Killers of the Flower Moon
Napoleon
Oppenheimer
WINNER: Poor Things


<p>Best Original Screenplay</p>

<p>Best Original Screenplay</p>

WINNER: Anatomy of a Fall
The Holdovers
Maestro
May December
Past Lives


<p>Best Adapted Screenplay</p>

<p>Best Adapted Screenplay</p>

WINNER: American Fiction
Barbie
Oppenheimer
Poor Things
The Zone of Interest


<p>Best Visual Effects</p>

<p>Best Visual Effects</p>


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