Oppenheimer blows the competition away and wins big at this year’s BAFTAs.

Article Published on 19.02.2024

The depiction of the birth of the atom bomb completed a ceremony sweep, claiming seven awards and the night’s big prize. Totalling seven BAFTA wins, Oppenheimer was named Best Film ahead of strong contenders Anatomy Of A Fall, The Holdovers, Killers Of The Flower Moon, and Poor Things.

Its triumph was on the cards after success in technical categories with wins for Cinematography, Editing, and Original Score as well as dominating the male acting categories, which saw Robert Downey Jr and Cillian Murphy claim BAFTAs. Both best Leading Actor and best Supporting Actor gave impassioned, charming speeches that reflected on their careers, celebrated their “Oppen-homies”, and championed the mastermind behind the incredibly ambitious project. With the likes of Inception, The Dark Knight, Interstellar, Dunkirk, and many more great works to his name, Christopher Nolan can now finally add BAFTA-winner to his mighty resume after claiming his first win for Director.

The second biggest winner of the night was Poor Things, a wonderfully weird twist on the Frankenstein story from the mind of Yorgos Lanthimos. Among its five BATFA wins, Emma Stone was crowned best Leading Actress for the second time and now the firm favourite to become a two-time Oscar-winner too. Meanwhile, best Supporting Actress went to Da’Vine Joy Randolph for her scene-stealing performance as a school cook in The Holdovers.

It was also a big night for foreign language cinema as Anatomy Of A Fall claimed Best Original Screenplay, Studio Ghibli’s The Boy And The Heron was named Best Animated Film, and Holocaust drama The Zone Of Interest won three BAFTAs: Outstanding British Film, Film Not In The English Language, and Sound.

It was a celebration of cinema, but it wasn’t much of a party for Barbie. There was plenty of music and laughs with David Tennant as host, a Saltburn-themed performance of Murder On The Dance Floor from Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and two unforgettable appearances from two Ted Lasso stars. Hannah Waddingham gave a beautiful solo rendition of Time After Time for the In Memorium segment, while Nick Mohammed roller-skated around as his stage persona Mr Swallow for a brilliant, baffling slice of British humour.



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