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Oppenheimer Wins Big At Golden Globes, Bags Five Awards

Cillian Murphy praised Oppenheimer director Christopher Nolan for his “rigour, focus, and dedication.”

In the 2024 Golden Globes Awards, Oppenheimer won five Golden Globes, including the top honour, making the movie the major winner.

Christopher Nolan won best director, and Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr. received recognition for their acting performances.

In the TV categories, Succession took home the most awards after its critically praised fourth and final season.

Barbie, however, took up the first-ever box office accomplishment award after bringing in $1.4 billion globally.

Anatomy of a Fall, The Holdovers, and Poor Things each took home two awards, while Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon took home one.

Lily Gladstone, the lead actress in the latter movie, won the best drama actress prize, calling her being the first Native American to do so “historic”.

Murphy, who starred in Oppenheimer, praised Nolan’s “rigour, focus, and dedication” in creating the picture, which brought in $954 million at the box office and took home the best drama film award during the ceremony.

In addition, the biography took home honours for best supporting actor for Downey Jr. (who played US government officer Lewis Strauss) and best score.

During his acceptance speech, Downey Jr. made light of the film’s unexpected box office success as he said, “A sweeping story about the ethical dilemma of nuclear weapons grosses $1bn?”

He further said, “Dozens of folks have come up to me since the summertime saying I was unrecognisably subtle as Lewis Strauss. To my fellow nominees, let’s not pretend this is a compliment.”

In addition, he pointed out the modifications made to the Golden Globes roster in the wake of a controversy involving corruption and a dearth of diversity, thanking the voting group for “changing your game.”

Murphy, who portrayed J Robert Oppenheimer, acted as the theoretical physicist who is credited with creating the atomic bomb.

Murphy, in his acceptance speech, said, “I knew the first time I walked on Christopher Nolan’s set that it was different.

“I could tell by the level of rigour, focus, dedication, and the complete lack of seating options for actors that I was in the hands of a visionary director.”

Murphy, while congratulating his fellow nominees, also made light of the large number of Irish candidates this year for the Oscars; among his other nominees were Barry Keoghan of Saltburn and Andrew Scott of All of Us Strangers.

The star of Killers of the Flower Moon, Lily Blackfoot, who is from the northern Montana Blackfeet Indian Reservation Gladstone spoke an Algonquian language, at the start of her acceptance speech.

Speaking to the audience, she said, “I just spoke a bit of Blackfeet language, the beautiful community nation that raised me, encouraged me to keep doing this.

“I’m here with my mum, who, even though she’s not Blackfeet, worked tirelessly to get Blackfeet into our classroom.

“This award is a historic one. I’m so grateful I can speak even a little bit of my language, because in this business, Native actors used to speak their lines in English, and then their sound mixers would run them backwards to accomplish Native languages on camera.”

Gladstone portrays Mollie Burkhart in Killers of the Flower Moon, an Osage lady whose family members are brutally killed as part of a scheme by white settlers driven by oil greed to move in on their property and steal their riches.

Ozioma Samuel-Ugwuezi

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