Oppenheimer Sweeps Oscars 2024

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Cillian Murphy has become the first Irish-born winner of the best actor award, as Oppenheimer swept the Oscars.

The film took center stage, sweeping the awards with victories in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director for Christopher Nolan, and Best Supporting Actor for Robert Downey Jr.

Murphy clinched the Best Leading Actor award for his remarkable portrayal of theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer.

Expressing his gratitude, the actor remarked, "I'm truly overwhelmed by this honor. Standing here tonight, I am a proud Irishman."

He expressed gratitude towards Nolan and producer Emma Thomas, acknowledging them for "the wildest, most exhilarating, most creatively satisfying journey you've taken me on."

Additionally, Murphy paid tribute to "every single crew and cast member, you carried me through."

In conclusion, he stated, "We made a film about the man who created the atomic bomb, and for better or for worse, we are all living in Oppenheimer's world, so I'd like to dedicate this to the peacemakers everywhere."

During the ceremony, Oppenheimer secured seven prizes overall, while "Poor Things" received four awards, including Best Actress for Emma Stone, and "The Zone of Interest" scored two wins.

Downey Jr. clinched the Best Supporting Actor award for his portrayal of US government official Lewis Strauss in "Oppenheimer."

In his acceptance speech, the actor quipped, "I'd like to thank my terrible childhood, and the Academy, in that order."

Continuing, he remarked, "I needed this job more than it needed me. I stand here before you a better man because of it."

The star also expressed gratitude to his wife, Susan Downey, describing her as the one who found him as "a snarling rescue pet" and "loved me back to life, that's why I'm here."

Downey Jr., renowned for his portrayal of Marvel's Iron Man, has experienced a remarkable Hollywood resurgence after battling serious drug addiction issues over two decades ago, which led to a prison sentence due to missed court-ordered drug tests.

Concluding his speech, he emphasized to the audience, "What we do is meaningful and what we decide to make is important."

Host Jimmy Kimmel lightheartedly remarked that the cast and crew were "getting Oppen-hammered at the bar," such was the film's success.

Upon accepting his first-ever Best Director Oscar, Nolan expressed gratitude, saying, "Thank you to those who have been there for me, believed in me for my whole career."

Addressing the Academy, he reflected, "Movies are just a little bit over 100 years old, and we don't know where this incredible journey is going from here, but to know that you think I'm a meaningful part of it means the world to me."

During the ceremony, a somewhat disoriented-looking Al Pacino appeared to forget to introduce the 10 nominees for Best Picture, proceeding directly to announcing Oppenheimer as the winner of the night's top prize.

Upon accepting the prize, producer Emma Thomas remarked, "I think any of us who make movies dream of this moment. But it seemed so unlikely that it would ever actually happen."

Additionally, "Oppenheimer" secured wins in the categories of Best Editing, Original Score, and Cinematography. However, it fell short in several other technical categories, missing out on a record-breaking number of wins.

Instead, the unconventional steampunk drama "Poor Things" took home awards for Best Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, as well as Best Actress for Emma Stone.

The film, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, follows the story of an infant whose brain is implanted into the body of an adult woman, embarking on a journey of discovery across the world.

In her speech, Stone expressed, "This is really overwhelming. I am so deeply honored to share this with every cast member, crew member, every person who poured their love, care, and brilliance into the making of this film."

The Best Actress category had been a subject of uncertainty among awards watchers, seen as a close competition between Stone and Lily Gladstone for "Killers of the Flower Moon."

Despite receiving nominations in 10 categories, Martin Scorsese's drama about a series of Osage murders in the 1920s, went home empty-handed.

"Barbie," the highest-grossing film of 2023, only managed to secure one win out of the eight nominations it received - Best Original Song for "What Was I Made For?" by Billie Eilish.

In her acceptance speech, Eilish expressed her gratitude, stating, "Thank you so much to the Academy, I was not expecting this, I feel so incredibly lucky and honored," as she accepted the award alongside her brother and collaborator, Finneas O'Connell.

In another category, "Anatomy of a Fall" secured the award for Best Original Screenplay. Director and co-writer Justine Triet jokingly remarked that the Oscar would "help me through my mid-life crisis."

The film revolves around a woman accused of killing her husband, with her visually impaired son as the only nearby witness.

"American Fiction" was honored with the award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Writer Cord Jefferson shared, "I've been talking a lot about how many people passed on this movie when discussing it, and I'm worried that sounds vindictive, but it's more a plea to recognize there are many people out there who want the opportunity I was given."

Jefferson acknowledged Hollywood's risk-averse nature but advocated for more smaller-scale movies. "Instead of making one $200 million movie, try making 20 $10 million movies," he suggested.

The Japanese fantasy film "The Boy and the Heron" was crowned Best Animated Feature Film, surpassing competition from "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse."

Director Wes Anderson clinched his first Academy Award in the Live Action Short category for "The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar," based on the story by Roald Dahl.

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