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‘Oppenheimer’ Sweeps Oscars with Trio of Major Wins in 7 Victories

Christopher Nolan’s portrayal of the atomic bomb’s creator, “Oppenheimer,” claimed the coveted Best Picture award at the 96th Academy Awards on Sunday, securing an impressive total of seven wins.

The film’s dominance was evident as it triumphed in various categories, securing accolades for Best Director (Nolan), Best Actor (Cillian Murphy), Best Supporting Actor (Robert Downey Jr.), Best Cinematography (Hoyte van Hoytema), Best Film Editing (Jennifer Lame), and Best Original Score (Ludwig Göransson).

In his acceptance speech for Best Director, Nolan reflected on the relatively short history of movies, stating, “Movies are just a little bit over 100 years old. Imagine being there 100 years into painting or theater. We don’t know where this incredible journey is going from here. But to know that you think that I’m a meaningful part of it means the world to me.”

“Oppenheimer,” a critically acclaimed and commercially successful film, entered the Oscars as a frontrunner with 13 nominations. Prior to its Oscar triumphs, the movie had already secured Best Picture honors at the 81st Golden Globes and the Producers Guild of America. (The film was distributed by Universal Pictures, a unit of NBC News’ parent company, NBCUniversal.)

The triumph of “Oppenheimer” solidifies Christopher Nolan’s standing as one of the foremost filmmakers in contemporary Hollywood. Already a recognized name among cinephiles and casual moviegoers alike, Nolan has cultivated an international following with notable works such as the “Dark Knight” trilogy (2005-2012), “Inception” (2010), and “Dunkirk” (2017).

“Oppenheimer” emerged victorious in the Best Picture category, surpassing competitors like Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie,” the counterpart to the summertime phenomenon known as “Barbenheimer.” Both blockbusters played a pivotal role in revitalizing theatrical moviegoing during the streaming era, collectively amassing a staggering $2.4 billion worldwide. Of this global success, “Oppenheimer” contributed over $957 million to the overall box office haul.

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Nolan’s three-hour epic stands as the most commercially successful Best Picture winner since Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” which was released in 2003. In contrast to recent years where the film academy’s voters favored comparatively small-scale projects like “CODA,” “Nomadland,” “Moonlight,” and “Spotlight,” “Oppenheimer” marks a return to blockbuster success within the Best Picture category.

This year’s additional Best Picture contenders comprised Cord Jefferson’s “American Fiction,” Justine Triet’s “Anatomy of a Fall,” Alexander Payne’s “The Holdovers,” Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon,” Bradley Cooper’s “Maestro,” Celine Song’s “Past Lives,” Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Poor Things,” and Jonathan Glazer’s “The Zone of Interest.”

“Oppenheimer” delves into the narrative of J. Robert Oppenheimer’s pivotal role in developing the atomic bomb during World War II. The film also explores Oppenheimer’s strained relationship with bureaucrat Lewis Strauss (Downey), who spearheaded efforts to revoke Oppenheimer’s postwar security clearance during the McCarthy era.

Nolan penned the script, adapting it from the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer,” authored by historians Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. Aligning with the book, the film portrays the physicist as a brilliant scientific mind grappling with profound conflicts over his creation’s destructive nature.

The movie boasts a sprawling ensemble cast featuring Emily Blunt (in an Oscar-nominated supporting role), Florence Pugh, Matt Damon, Josh Hartnett, Casey Affleck, Benny Safdie, Jason Clarke, Rami Malek, and Kenneth Branagh. The ensemble received top honors at the 30th Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Among the other notable winners at the 96th Oscars were Emma Stone, securing the Best Actress trophy for “Poor Things,” and Da’Vine Joy Randolph, earning Best Supporting Actress for “The Holdovers.”

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