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‘Oppenheimer’ continues winning run, claims 7 Oscars

The film about the father of the atomic bomb dominated with nominations in 13 categories

‘Oppenheimer’ continues winning run, claims 7 Oscars
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Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster Oppenheimer continued its winning run as it claimed seven Oscars at the 96th Academy Awards on Sunday.

The film about the father of the atomic bomb dominated with nominations in 13 categories and took home awards including for best picture and best director. The latter was a first for Nolan, who was earlier nominated for the prize for his historical war drama Dunkirk.

Nolan received his first Oscar in 2002, in the best adapted screenplay category for the psychological thriller Memento.

Since then, the Inception director has garnered eight nominations. His 2008 film, The Dark Knight, had shattered box office records as the first superhero film to gross over $1 billion, but was a glaring omission from the Academy’s best picture category. The public outcry over this snub is widely credited with prompting the Academy to expand the best picture nominee pool from five to 10 films.

“Just to say movies are just a little bit over 100 years old. Imagine being into 100 years of painting or theater, we don’t know where this incredible journey is going from here. But to know that you think I had a meaningful part of it means the world to me,” said Nolan during his acceptance speech.

Oppenheimer earned over $960 million globally, becoming the third top-grossing film last year and the highest for a World War II theme.

Cillian Murphy, who played the titular role, took home the prize for best actor while Robert Downey Jr, who played the role of Lewis Strauss, Oppenheimer’s adversary, won the prize for best supporting actor.

The film also brought a win for cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, Nolan’s long-time collaborator on films like Interstellar (2014), Dunkirk (2017), and Tenet (2020). Ludwig Göransson also won the award for the best original score for the film’s music while Jennifer Lame got the prize for best editing.

The second big winner of the night was Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things, which got 11 nominations out of which it won 4, including for acting by Emma Stone, who earlier won an Oscar for role in La La Land (2016).

The film also won the award for best costume design, best makeup and hairstyling, and best production design.

Da’vine Joy Randolph won best supporting actress award for her role as a grieving mother in The Holdovers, while Billie Eilish and Finneas’ What Was I Made For? from Barbie won the prize for best original song.

American Fiction, written and directed by Cord Jefferson took home the award for best adapted screenplay while Anatomy of a Fall’s Justine Triet and Arthur Harari won the award for the best original screenplay for the gripping courtroom drama.

20 Days in Mariupol, a documentary offering a glimpse into a war-torn Ukranian city, got the award for best documentary.

The award for the best international feature film went to Jonathan Glazer’s historical drama Zone of Interest, which recently also won three awards at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs).

Glazer took his winning moment to make a political statement: “Our film shows where dehumanization leads at its worst. It’s shaped all of our past and present. Right now, we stand here as men who refute their Jewishness and the Holocaust being hijacked by an occupation which has led to conflict for so many innocent people.”

Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the awards ceremony, for the fourth time, brought on many winners from past years to announce the nominees.

And even though Barbie only won one award out of the six it was nominated for, the film’s box office collections ($1.4 billion) surely made up for the loss of the night.


Shireen Khan is a Senior Correspondent at Press Insider. She covers lifestyle, culture, and health. More

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