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Oscars boost ‘Barbenheimer,’ leave Greta fans grumbling

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“Barbenheimer” could not be denied.

“Barbie” director Greta Gerwig, on the other hand, will have to wait till next year. Or the year after.

The summer’s movie sensation, individually known as “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer,” scored 21 Oscar nominations combined Tuesday. “Oppenheimer” looks to be the big winner on March 10, with a possible sweep for director Christopher Nolan’s look at the atomic bomb’s creation.

“Barbie” snagged a Best Picture nod along with two Best Supporting Actor categories, but Gerwig’s snub will make the most noise in an industry obsessed with checking identity boxes.

That #OscarsSoWhite hashtag might get a workout, too.

“The Color Purple,” the musical update on Steven Spielberg’s 1985 classic, got shut out in most major categories.

Shut out entirely? Black filmmaker/activist Ava DuVernay’s “Origin.” The film divided critics with its lecturing look at race in America, adapted from Isabel Wilkerson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.”

The film’s key players have made noise about it being overlooked during the bigger awards season competition. DuVernay complained the studio’s modest budget prevented it from competing against the better-funded competition.

“Origin” star Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor predicted her film…



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