“Oppenheimer” Walks Away With Seven Wins at the Academy Awards

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Cillian Murphy of "Oppenheimer" celebrates backstage with his Best Actor Oscar in March 2024. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI/Shutterstock (14384521bp)

Oppenheimer is one of the biggest cinematic masterpieces of the past year, and it certainly blew the Oscars voters away. Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed historical epic walked away with seven statuettes at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, including best picture.

The Holdovers, Poor Things, Killers of the Flower Moon, Maestro, Barbie, American Fiction, Anatomy of a Fall, Past Lives, and The Zone of Interest were also in the running for the best picture award, but none of them could stand their ground to Oppenheimer. In addition to winning best picture award, Christopher Nolan was also named the best director for the first time.

Oppenheimer’s Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr. collected acting Oscars for best actor and best supporting actor, respectively. They were joined by Poor Things’ Emma Stone (best actress) and The Holdovers’ Da’Vine Joy Randolph (best supporting actress).

Oppenheimer did pretty well in the technical categories, as well, and collected three more trophies – best original score, best cinematography, and best film editing. Poor Things was also one of the major winners with four awards, while The Zone of Interest collected two, including best international feature film.

The 96th Academy Awards took place at Los Angeles’ iconic Dolby Theatre on March 10, with Jimmy Kimmel returning to host for the fourth time.


Best Picture
Emma Thomas, Charles Roven, and Christopher Nolan, Producers

Actress in a Leading Role
Emma Stone
Poor Things

Christopher Nolan

Actor in a Leading Role
Cillian Murphy

Music (Original Song)

“What Was I Made For?” from Barbie
Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell

Music (Original Score)
Ludwig Göransson

The Zone of Interest
Tarn Willers and Johnnie Burn

Live Action Short Film
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
Wes Anderson and Steven Rales

Hoyte van Hoytema

Documentary Feature Film
20 Days in Mariupol
Mstyslav Chernov, Michelle Mizner and Raney Aronson-Rath

Documentary Short Film
The Last Repair Shop
Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers

Film Editing
Jennifer Lame

Visual Effects
Godzilla Minus One
Takashi Yamazaki, Kiyoko Shibuya, Masaki Takahashi and Tatsuji Nojima

Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert Downey Jr.

International Feature Film
The Zone of Interest (UK)

Costume Design
Poor Things
Holly Waddington

Production Design
Poor Things
Production Design: James Price and Shona Heath; Set Decoration: Zsuzsa Mihalek

Makeup and Hairstyling
Poor Things
Nadia Stacey, Mark Coulier and Josh Weston

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
American Fiction
Written for the screen by Cord Jefferson

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Anatomy of a Fall
Screenplay – Justine Triet and Arthur Harari

Animated Feature Film
The Boy and the Heron
Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki

Animated Short Film
War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko
Dave Mullins and Brad Booker

Actress in a Supporting Role
Da’Vine Joy Randolph
The Holdovers