The 2024 Oscar nominations, announced on January 23, have placed Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ at the forefront with 13 nominations, including a nod for Best Actor for Cillian Murphy.
In an interview with The New York Times, Murphy expressed his surprise at his first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the title character in the epic biographical thriller, stating, “It’s very, very humbling. I’m kind of a little in shock. It’s just a real honor to be involved in a film that has connected so powerfully with people in a way that we never expected.”
‘Oppenheimer’, released alongside Margot Robbie starrer ‘Barbie’ on July 21, 2023, received acclaim from both critics and fans, grossing over $900 million at the worldwide box office.
Cillian Murphy’s Role in ‘Oppenheimer’
In ‘Oppenheimer’, Cillian Murphy portrays the American theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, known as the father of the atomic bomb. He has been winning praise for his performance in the film. At the recent Golden Globes, he won the Best Actor in a Drama.
When asked about his reaction upon hearing the news of the Oscar nomination, Murphy shared, “No, I was at home in Cork with my mom and dad and my wife. And my phone started popping, so I figured it was good news. Everybody started texting. You know, you can’t really avoid good news or bad news, but it’s better when it’s good news. Oppenheimer is a different role than what you’ve done in the past. What drew you to this character?”
In addition to Cillian Murphy, other nominations for the Best Actor in a Leading Role category include Bradley Cooper for ‘Maestro’, Colman Domingo for ‘Rustin’, Paul Giamatti for ‘The Holdovers’, and Jeffrey Wright for ‘American Fiction’.
1. What is ‘Oppenheimer’ about?
‘Oppenheimer’ is an epic biographical thriller directed by Christopher Nolan, portraying the life of the American theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who is famously known as the father of the atomic bomb.
2. What drew Cillian Murphy to the role of J. Robert Oppenheimer?
Cillian Murphy mentioned in an interview that the role of J. Robert Oppenheimer in ‘Oppenheimer’ offered him a unique and different character portrayal compared to his previous roles. The complex and compelling nature of the character drew him to take on this role.
3. How successful was ‘Oppenheimer’ at the box office?
‘Oppenheimer’ garnered acclaim from both critics and audiences, grossing over $900 million at the worldwide box office, making it a commercial success.
Cillian Murphy’s first Oscar nomination for his role in ‘Oppenheimer’ reflects his exceptional talent and mastery in bringing characters to life on the big screen. The film’s success and accolades indicate a deep resonance with audiences, cementing its standing as a notable addition to cinematic excellence.