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Baftas 2024: Oppenheimer and Lanthimos' Poor Things the Big Winners

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Oppenheimer, a three-hour epic about the making of the atomic bomb in World War Two, was the big winner at the BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday, winning the top honours for best film and best director as well as five other awards. Greek Yorgos Lanthimos' Poor Things had also a rich showing with five BAFTAs including Leading Actress for Emma Stone as well as Costume, Make Up & Hair, Production Design and Special Visual Effects.

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One of the highest-grossing movies of 2023, Oppenheimer also won awards for leading actor Cillian Murphy, who portrays the American theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, supporting actor Robert Downey Jr, editing, cinematography and original score.

Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer was the big winner at the BAFTA Film Awards this evening, taking a leading seven for his epic biographical thriller. Among those were key categories Best Film, Director, Actor (Cillian Murphy), Supporting Actor (Robert Downey Jr.), Editing (Jennifer Lame), Cinematography (Hoyte van Hoytema) and Original Score (Ludwig Goransson).

The Universal blockbuster was on a fast-track from the outset, taking the first categories in which it was eligible (though Adapted Screenplay early on went to Cord Jefferson for American Fiction in that film’s only win of the night), and then Sound went to The Zone of Interest which took a total of three, also nabbing Outstanding British Film and Film Not in the English Language.

Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos with his Poor Things had a rich showing too with five BAFTAs including Leading Actress for Emma Stone as well as Costume, Make Up & Hair, Production Design and Special Visual Effects.

Entirely shut out were Killers of the Flower Moon which had nine nominations coming into this evening, Bradley Cooper’s Netflix entry Maestro which had seven, and the biggest box office movie of 2023, Warner Bros and Greta Gerwig’s Barbie.

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The BAFTA Awards ceremony was also attended by Prince William, without his wife Kate who is still recovering.