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Oppenheimer sweeps the BAFTAs with seven awards – including the big prize

Oppenheimer is the winner of the night at this year’s BAFTAs, taking home seven awards, including the big one – best film.

Irish actor Cillian Murphy, who stars as “father of the atomic bomb” J Robert Oppenheimer, was named best actor – and thanked his “Oppen-homies” on stage – while co-star Robert Downey Jr was honoured in the supporting category.

For Christopher Nolan, the film’s acclaimed British director – also known for Inception, The Dark Knight, and Dunkirk – the “incredible honour” of his first ever BAFTA had been a long time coming.

He paid tribute to the film’s cast, led by the “peerless” Murphy, as he accepted the award.

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It was also a successful night for Emma Stone, who was named best actress for her performance in Poor Things, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph – who took home the supporting actress trophy for her portrayal of a grieving school chef in The Holdovers.

Stone’s win was one of five for Poor Things, in which she plays a woman with the mind of a child discovering life for the first time, making the film the night’s second big winner.

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Elsewhere, Holocaust drama The Zone Of Interest took home three awards, including best film not in the English language – and also outstanding British film, due to British involvement behind the scenes, including Jonathan Glazer directing.

Despite being the biggest film of 2023, and heading into the ceremony with five nominations, Barbie left empty-handed.

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