Oppenheimer blitzes 2024 Bafta Movie Awards with seven wins

Keep knowledgeable with free updatesSimply signal as much as the Movie myFT Digest — delivered on to your inbox.On an evening lengthy on glitz however quick on surprises, Christopher Nolan and Oppenheimer proved the largest winners on the 2024 Bafta Movie Awards in London. In a litmus check of trade feeling forward of subsequent month’s Oscars, Nolan’s biography of nuclear physicist J Robert Oppenheimer left with seven Baftas in whole, together with the blue-riband award for greatest movie. Accepting his personal prize for greatest director, Nolan mentioned that whereas the movie ended on a “essential” notice of despair, he additionally wished to focus on people and organisations who had labored to scale back the world’s inventory of nuclear arms. “They present the potential of efforts for peace.”Among the many movie’s different awards have been these for greatest actor and greatest supporting actor, given respectively to Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr.However regardless of 5 nominations, no success got here for Barbie, the opposite half of the “Barbenheimer” double-bill that so excited audiences final summer time. The Oscars had already delivered a perceived snub with a scarcity of nods for director Greta Gerwig and star Margot Robbie. Right here, whereas Robbie was in rivalry for greatest actress, that prize was as an alternative received by Emma Stone for her flip within the Promethean fantasy Poor Issues.Emma Stone received the award for greatest actress, introduced by Idris Elba, for ‘Poor Issues’ © 2024 Getty ImagesMurphy’s greatest actor prize for taking part in the tortured Oppenheimer noticed him pull forward of nominees together with Paul Giamatti, star of bittersweet comedy The Holdovers. However that movie did present the winner of greatest supporting actress, Da’Vine Pleasure Randolph, whose victory mirrored the identical end result finally month’s Golden Globes. So too did Downey Jr successful greatest supporting actor, in addition to the awards for Nolan, Murphy and Oppenheimer’s total triumph as greatest movie. Nolan’s movie now appears more likely to be unstoppable on the Oscars, to be held on March 10 in Los Angeles. However whereas the key prizes ran squarely to type, the Baftas wish to see themselves as greater than merely a supporting participant within the Hollywood awards season. That want has typically been expressed in an Anglocentric slant. This 12 months, a very British perspective was evidenced by the a number of nominations acquired by Saltburn, the stately-home satire that has impressed so many viral tributes on TikTok. Although the forged members shortlisted within the appearing classes went unrewarded, the movie was a significant presence at this 12 months’s awards. (A efficiency by Sophie Ellis-Bextor of its sardonic anthem, “Homicide on the Dancefloor”, featured prominently within the ceremony.)Director Jonathan Glazer and producer James Wilson received the excellent British movie award for ‘The Zone of Curiosity’ © 2024 Getty ImagesThe prize for Greatest British movie, nevertheless, went to The Zone of Curiosity, Jonathan Glazer’s stark research of on a regular basis life for the commandant of Auschwitz. The award made for an uncommon double, with the mission additionally successful greatest movie not within the English language. (Although made with a British and Polish manufacturing crew, the dialogue was shot largely in German.) For Glazer too, the Oscars now await, with nominations for greatest director and greatest image.However the night’s most poignant award was maybe greatest documentary. A 12 months in the past, that prize went to Navalny, the portrait of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny filmed earlier than his 2021 return to Moscow. Now, two days after his demise in a Russian jail, the identical award was received by 20 Days in Mariupol, director Mstyslav Chernov’s on-the-ground account of the invasion of Ukraine. Chernov ended his acceptance speech with the phrases: “Let’s hold preventing.”Full listing of winners at bafta.org

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