“Oppenheimer” Dominates the Oscars with Seven Awards

Best Actress in a Leading Role for "Poor Things" US actress Emma Stone, Best Actor in a Leading Role for "Oppenheimer" Irish actor Cillian Murphy, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for "The Holdovers" US actress Da'Vine Joy Randolph and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for "Oppenheimer" US actor Robert Downey Jr. pose in the press room during the 96th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 10, 2024. (Photo by Robyn BECK / AFP)
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HOLLYWOOD: “Oppenheimer” swept the board on Sunday at the Oscars, Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, with seven awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, crowning a triumphant year for filmmaker Christopher Nolan.

Nolan, a British American filmmaker hailed as a generational talent, proved his mastery once again with his thought-provoking drama about the father of the atomic bomb. “Oppenheimer” was not just a box office hit but also received critical acclaim, making it one of the most awarded films in Oscar history.

The film not only captivated audiences with its compelling storyline but also showcased outstanding performances. Lead actor Cillian Murphy and supporting actor Robert Downey Jr. both received well-deserved recognition for their roles in the movie.

In his acceptance speech, Nolan expressed his belief that film as an art form still has immense potential for growth. He compared the relatively young age of movies, just over a century old, to other art forms such as painting and theater, highlighting the endless possibilities that lie ahead.

While “Oppenheimer” fell short of winning all 13 nominations, the seven awards it received solidified its place in cinematic history. The film’s success is a testament to Nolan’s vision and the dedication of the entire cast and crew.

Robert Downey Jr., who portrayed J. Robert Oppenheimer’s political nemesis Lewis Strauss, delivered a heartfelt acceptance speech, expressing gratitude for his journey and acknowledging the impact of his difficult childhood. He also thanked his wife Susan for her unwavering support, emphasizing the transformative power of love and understanding.

Nolan’s cerebral approach to portraying the life of the man he considers “the most important person who ever lived” was recognized in various technical categories. The film won awards for editing, cinematography, and Best Original Score, further highlighting the exceptional craftsmanship behind “Oppenheimer.”

The timing of the film’s recognition at the Oscars was significant, as it coincided with a world grappling with the constant threat of war. The story of the development of nuclear weapons served as a reminder of the consequences of human actions and the importance of peace.

Another notable film of the year, Greta Gerwig’s pop feminist blockbuster “Barbie,” made its presence felt throughout the evening. Despite winning only one Oscar for Best Original Song, the movie’s cultural impact and box office success generated buzz and excitement among the attendees.

During the gala, supporting actor nominee Ryan Gosling delighted the audience with a star-studded rendition of the catchy song “I’m Just Ken,” accompanied by renowned guitarist Slash and his on-screen Ken pals, including Simu Liu and Ncuti Gatwa. The performance turned into a lively karaoke session as Gosling passed the microphone to other A-list guests, creating a joyous atmosphere.

Billie Eilish, a talented young artist, won the award for Best Original Song with her touching and introspective track “What Was I Made For?” This win marked Eilish’s second Oscar, following her previous victory two years ago for the James Bond theme “No Time To Die,” which she co-wrote with her brother Finneas O’Connell.

The Oscars celebrated the achievements of “Oppenheimer” and “Barbie,” showcasing the diverse talent and creativity within the film industry. Christopher Nolan’s thought-provoking masterpiece and Greta Gerwig’s empowering blockbuster left a lasting impact on audiences worldwide, reminding us of the power of storytelling and the art of cinema.

Source: The Manila Times

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