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BAFTAs: ‘Oppenheimer’ sweeps 2024 awards with seven wins

Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr. won Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, with Christopher Nolan named Best Director.

By Will Richards

Cillian Murphy in ‘Oppenheimer’. UNIVERSAL PICTURES

Oppenheimer was the big winner at last night’s 2024 BAFTAs, picking up seven awards including Best Actor and Best Director.

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Cillian Murphy picked up Best Actor at last night’s ceremony, with Robert Downey Jr. winning Best Supporting Actor. Christopher Nolan was also honoured as Best Director for the film.

In his speech, Murphy thanked his “Oppen-homies” and said: “We have a space to debate and interrogate and investigate that complexity and it’s a privilege to be a part of this community with you all.”

Nolan, meanwhile, took his speech as opportunity to hail nuclear disarmament campaigners, saying: “I do just want to say, our film ends on what I think is a dramatically necessary note of despair. But in the real world there are all kinds of individuals and organisations who have fought long and hard to reduce the number of nuclear weapons in the world.”

“Since its peak in 1967, they’ve done it by almost 90%. Of late, that’s gone the wrong way. And so, in accepting this, I do just want to acknowledge their efforts and point out that they show the necessity and potential of efforts for peace.”

Poor Things was also a big winner with five wins – including Emma Stone as Best Actress – and The Zone of Interest picked up three gongs.

Reviewing Oppenheimer upon its release, Rolling Stone UK said: “It’s an incredible technical achievement and streets ahead of many a multiplex movie. It’s undoubtedly more serious, too: if you’re brave enough to do the Barbieheimer double bill, maybe see this one first.”

Shortly after its release, Oppenheimer overtook Bohemian Rhapsody as the highest ever grossing biopic.