Murphy-Nolan collaboration ‘Oppenheimer’ takes home seven BAFTA awards

by Rose Barrett
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Actor Cillian Murphy was awarded Best Actor for his role in ‘Oppenheimer’ at the British Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) last night. Yet more recognition for the Irish actor, born in Cork and currently living in Dublin.

He and his wife Yvonne McGuinness, along with their children relocated to Dublin from London in 2015. Playing the creator of the atomic bomb, nuclear physicist J Robert Oppenheimer, the film was directed by Christopher Nolan, with whom Murphy has repeatedly collaborated. Oppenheimer also won Best Film and Best Director at the BAFTAs, in total, achieved seven awards on the night! Are the signs ominous for the OSCARS?

His BAFTA award follows a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice award with nominations still out there for a Screen Actors Guild award an in a few weeks, and the ‘big one’, the OSCARs next month. 

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 18: Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan pose with the Best Film Award for ‘Oppenheimer’ in the Winners Room during the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2024 at The Royal Festival Hall on February 18, 2024 in London, England.
Photo by Gareth Cattermole/BAFTA/Getty Images for BAFTA

Stating he found it all “mind-blowing’, Murphy stated he was both “thrilled and a little shocked.”  In a post award press conference, he noted his Irish heritage even more when he jokingly asked, “Will I sing a rebel song?” And of course, his rebel roots were not forgotten, as he gave a hearty hello to everyone in Cork.

He also stated it was great to note that cinema goers flocked to see the weightily serious three-hour long film based on a dark period of American and world history.  Fellow Corkman, Tánaiste Micheál Martin heartily congratulated Murphy on the win, saying all of Cork and Ireland were thrilled with his award. Minister for Media Catherine Martin congratulated Murphy following his award, along with Irish producer Medb Riordan, who worked on Outstanding Debut winner ‘Earth Mama’.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 18: Cillian Murphy accepts the Leading Actor Award for ‘Oppenheimer’ during the 2024 EE BAFTA Film Awards, held at the Royal Festival Hall on February 18, 2024 in London, England. Photo by Kate Green/BAFTA/Getty Images for BAFTA

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald offered “Comhghairdeas” to Murphy, whom she described as “a wonderfully talented actor who does Ireland proud with everything he achieves.”

The Irish actor’s collaboration with director Christopher Nolan began in 2005 in ‘Batman Begins’, then in ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ before they worked together in ‘Inception’ and ‘Dunkirk’. Murphy also won a TV BAFTA nomination as Tommy Shelby in ‘ Peaky Blinders’, the long running popular TV drama which also sparked a style phenomenon among young males.. 

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 18: Cillian Murphy and Andrew Scott attend the 2024 EE BAFTA Film Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on February 18, 2024 in London, England. Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images

Other big winners at the BAFTAS were ‘Poor Things’,  a fantasy film by Yorgos Lanthimos’s featuring Emma Stone as a woman with the brain of a child, which claimed five five awards on the night, including Best Actress for Stone. Jonathan Glazer’s ‘The Zone of Interest’ took three awards, Best Sound, Outstanding British film – and Best Film not in the English language. 

So, all eyes on Cillian Murphy and Christopher Nolan for the Academy Awards (OSCARS) on March 10 next.

Featured Image: Cillian Murphy poses with the Leading Actor Award in the Winners Room during the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2024 at The Royal Festival Hall on February 18, 2024 in London, England.

Photo by Gareth Cattermole/BAFTA/Getty Images for BAFTA

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