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Friday, July 19, 2024

“Oppenheimer” Triumphs with Seven Wins at BAFTA Film Awards

Christopher Nolan's 'Oppenheimer' sweeps the BAFTA Film Awards with seven wins, including Best Film and Best Director, amidst a night of diverse cinematic achievements and a security breach.

“Oppenheimer,” Christopher Nolan’s cinematic exploration of the atomic bomb’s development, dominated the EE British Academy Film Awards in London, securing seven prestigious accolades. The movie claimed the coveted titles of Best Film, Best Director for Nolan, and Best Leading Actor for Cillian Murphy’s portrayal of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer.

Fierce Competition and Critical Acclaim

Despite fierce competition from other nominees like “Poor Things,” “The Holdovers,” “Killers of the Flower Moon,” and “Anatomy of a Fall,” “Oppenheimer” emerged victorious in multiple categories. Anticipation leading up to the BAFTAs hinted at Nolan’s film’s potential sweep, with critics praising its status as an instant classic.

During the ceremony, Nolan and Murphy expressed gratitude and surprise at their wins. Nolan reminisced about his childhood experiences at the Royal Festival Hall, while Murphy thanked Nolan and producer Emma Thomas for their faith in him. Other notable wins for “Oppenheimer” included Best Supporting Actor for Robert Downey Jr., Best Original Score, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography.

While “Oppenheimer” shone brightly at the BAFTAs, other films also received recognition. “Poor Things” claimed five awards, including Best Leading Actress for Emma Stone, while “The Zone of Interest” secured three wins, including Best Film not in the English language. The diverse range of winners reflects the depth and breadth of talent in contemporary cinema.

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List of BAFTA Winners:

  • Best Film: “Oppenheimer”; Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas
  • Leading Actress: Emma Stone; “Poor Things”
  • Leading Actor: Cillian Murphy; “Oppenheimer”
  • EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public): Mia McKenna-Bruce
  • Director: Christopher Nolan; “Oppenheimer”
  • Make Up & Hair: “Poor Things”; Nadia Stacey, Mark Coulier, Josh Weston
  • Costume Design: “Poor Things”; Holly Waddington
  • Outstanding British Film: “The Zone of Interest”; Jonathan Glazer, James Wilson
  • British Short Animation: “Crab Day”; Ross Stringer, Bartosz Stanislawek, Aleksandra Sykulak
  • British Short Film: “Jellyfish and Lobster”; Yasmin Afifi, Elizabeth Rufai
  • Production Design: “Poor Things”; Shona Heath, James Price, Zsuzsa Mihalek
  • Sound: “The Zone of Interest”; Johnnie Burn, Tarn Willers
  • Original Score: “Oppenheimer”; Ludwig Göransson
  • Documentary: “20 Days in Mariupol”; Mstyslav Chernov, Raney Aronson Rath, Michelle Mizner
  • Best Supporting Actress: Da’Vine Joy Randolph; “The Holdovers”
  • Best Supporting Actor: Robert Downey Jr.; “Oppenheimer”
  • Adapted Screenplay: “American Fiction”; Cord Jefferson
  • Cinematography: “Oppenheimer”; Hoyte van Hoytema
  • Editing: “Oppenheimer”; Jennifer Lame
  • Casting: “The Holdovers”; Susan Shopmaker
  • Film Not in the English Language: “The Zone of Interest”; Jonathan Glazer, James Wilson
  • Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: “Earth Mama”; Savanah Leaf (Writer, Director, Producer), Shirley O’Connor (Producer), Medb Riordan (Producer)
  • Animated Film: “The Boy and the Heron”; Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki
  • Special Visual Effects: “Poor Things”; Simon Hughes
  • Original Screenplay: “Anatomy of a Fall”; Justine Triet, Arthur Harari

BAFTA has issued a stern response following a security breach during the awards ceremony. An alleged social media prankster managed to join the winners onstage but was swiftly removed by security personnel.