HomeAwards"I'm A Very Proud Irish Man": Cillian Murphy Wins His First Oscar...

    “I’m A Very Proud Irish Man”: Cillian Murphy Wins His First Oscar After An “Exhilarating” ‘Oppenheimer’ Journey

    The 2024 Oscars marked a phenomenal win for ‘Oppenheimer‘, as the film secured several awards including one for Best Picture. Two legendary actors who are regarded as some of the greatest and most talented in Hollywood — Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr. — both secured their first Oscar wins this awards season.

    In the momentous victory, 47-year-old Cillian Murphy secured his first-ever Academy Award for Best Actor at the 2024 Oscars held on Sunday. Murphy’s stellar performance as J. Robert Oppenheimer in Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed biopic was a highly anticipated and rather expected win. But Murphy was a little “overwhelmed” to have received it.

    Related: “Couldn’t Have Been More Chaotic Or Confusing”: Al Pacino’s Oscars Announcement For Best Picture Has Internet In Splits

    Cillian Murphy Gets Emotional As He Wins His First Oscar Award

    Cillian Murphy at Oscars 2024 (Credit: X)
    Cillian Murphy at Oscars 2024 (Credit: X)

    As Cillian Murphy gave a heartfelt acceptance speech after being named the Best Actor of the year, he got emotional on stage. Murphy expressed gratitude to Nolan, the Academy, and everyone involved in the creative journey.

    It’s been the wildest, most exhilarating, most creatively satisfying journey you’ve taken me on over the last 20 years. I owe you more than I can say,” he said. Acknowledging the ‘Oppenheimer cast and crew, he said, “Thank you so much [to] every single crew member, every single cast member, on Oppenheimer; you guys carried me through. All my fellow nominees, I remain in awe of you guys. Truly.”

    Murphy further extended his appreciation to his “incredible team” and his family, particularly his wife Yvonne McGuinness and their sons Malachy and Aran who were present in the audience. “I love you so much, and I’m a very proud Irish man standing here tonight,” he declared.

    In case you missed it: Messi The Dog Joins Jimmy Kimmel’s “Feud” With Matt Damon At Oscars By Peeing On Actor’s Walk Of Fame Star

    Cillian Murphy Bags The Oscar Against Some Stellar Contenders

    Cillian Murphy at the Oscars (Credit: X)
    Cillian Murphy at the Oscars (Credit: X)

    As he concluded his speech, Murphy dedicated his award to peacemakers worldwide as he highlighted the impact of the film on Oppenheimer’s legacy. “We made a film about the man who created the atomic bomb. And for better or for worse, we’re all living in Oppenheimer’s world, so I would really like to dedicate this to the peacemakers everywhere,” he said.

    Murphy was up against some formidable contenders, including Bradley Cooper for ‘Maestro’, Colman Domingo for ‘Rustin’, Paul Giamatti for ‘The Holdovers’, and Jeffrey Wright for ‘American Fiction’. Before Oscars, Murphy also bagged the awards during Golden Globes, BAFTAs, SAG Awards, and other prestigious ceremonies earlier in the year.

    His co-star, Robert Downey Jr. — who also clinched the Best Supporting Actor Oscar on the same night — praised Murphy’s commitment. “I have never witnessed a greater sacrifice by a lead actor in my career,” he said.

    You might also like to read:

    Aishwarya is a Senior Sub-Editor at First Curiosity. Working as a news writer for over 3 years, she has written on an array of things for a couple of media houses in different capacities. With writing as her outlet, she is now exploring the world of art and glamour. She has previously been associated with ETV Bharat and India Today as part of national editorial teams. With a fair share of work done covering national and international issues, she is now navigating through her abilities in the field of films and art. A movie and TV show buff, Aishwarya at First Curiosity tries to bring forth what a layman's eye might easily miss out on. Her flair for words and ability to convey what's between the lines are her biggest strengths. Her love for films and writing stems from her fondness for words and all things artsy. An avid reader and writer alike, Aishwarya likes to delve into any and all forms of art. When not tapping on her keyboard churning out articles, she can be found staring at books or screens, trying to find stories that'll help her explore the world and its portrayal through art better.

    Trending on FC