Oppenheimer sweeps Golden Globes taking best drama, actor and director

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Christopher Nolan’s epic about the atomic bomb had eight nominations compared with nine for the box office blockbuster Barbie.

Oppenheimer, one of the biggest box office hits of 2023, has won multiple Golden Globes, as Hollywood kicked off its annual awards season.

Irish actor Cillian Murphy took home best male actor for his portrayal of scientist J Robert Oppenheimer in the film about the development of the atomic bomb.

The film was named best drama, Christopher Nolan the best director and Robert Downey Jr the best male supporting actor.

“I was in the hands of a visionary director, a master,” Murphy said as he accepted the Golden Globe on Sunday night.

Cillian Murphy won best male actor for his portrayal of scientist J Robert Oppenheimer [Universal Pictures via AP Photo]

Indigenous actor Lily Gladstone, a firm favourite, won best actress in a drama film for her role in Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon.

The gothic comedy-drama Poor Things, from celebrated Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, was named best film comedy or musical, and its star, Emma Stone, best actress in a film comedy or musical.

The Globes ceremony marks the start of Hollywood’s annual awards season, which culminates with the Oscars on March 10. Overhauled after a diversity and ethics scandal in 2021, the Globes recognise the best in film and television and brought the stars together for the first time after six months of strikes by actors and writers in 2023.

In television, the drama series Succession was named best television drama and took the top acting awards for its final season about the high-stakes battle for control of a global media empire. Kieran Culkin, who played the wayward son Roman Roy, landed the award for best actor, while Australian Sarah Snook won best actress. British actor Matthew Macfadyen took home best supporting actor for his role as her fictional husband, Tom Wambsgans.

The cast of Succession including Sarah Snook, Mathew Macfadyen and Kieran Culkin. Snook is holding the Golden Globe
The cast of Succession celebrates winning best television drama. Sarah Snook (third left), Kieran Culkin (third right) and Matthew Macfadyen (right) also took home acting awards [Mario Anzuoni/Reuters]

Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri, meanwhile, were recognised for their leading roles in the television comedy The Bear, while road-rage saga Beef picked up best actor and actress limited series awards for Ali Wong and Steven Yeun.

Several Hollywood legends, from Meryl Streep to Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster, all Globe nominees vying for Oscars this year, were among those on the red carpet for the revamped awards.

Pop superstar Taylor Swift was also at the ceremony where she was nominated for best song.

That award went to Billie Eilish for What Was I Made For? which she wrote for Barbie.

The satire on misogyny and female empowerment made more than $1bn in ticket sales and was nominated for nine awards including best comedy and best director for Greta Gerwig.

Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O'Connell collect their Golden Globe.
Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell accepting the award for best original song What Was I Made For? from the film Barbie [Sonja Flemming/CBS via AP]

It went home with the newly created trophy for box office achievement.

Among the other winners were the French courtroom drama Anatomy of a Fall, which won best screenplay and best film not in English, and The Boy and the Heron, which won best animated film for Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki.

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