Oppenheimer wins big at Golden Globe Awards

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Oppenheimer wins big at Golden Globe Awards

Oppenheimer was the big winner at the Golden Globe Awards, taking home five awards including the top prize.

Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr were both recognised for their acting performances, while Christopher Nolan won best director.

Succession scored the most wins in the TV categories following its acclaimed fourth and final season.

Meanwhile, Barbie won the first box office achievement award, after grossing $1.4bn (£1.13m) worldwide.

Oppenheimer star Murphy paid tribute to Nolan’s “rigour, focus and dedication” in making the film, which grossed $954m (£750m) at the box office.

“I knew the first time I walked on Christopher Nolan’s set that it was different,” he said in his acceptance speech.

“I could tell by the level of rigour, focus, dedication, and the complete lack of seating options for actors, that I was in the hands of a visionary director.”

Murphy also joked about the number of Irish nominees in awards season this year – Andrew Scott and Barry Keoghan among them.

“To all my fellow nominees, whether you’re Irish or not, you’re all legends, I salute you,” he said.

The biopic also won awards for best score and best supporting actor for Downey Jr, who portrayed US government official Lewis Strauss.

Downey Jr acknowledged the film’s unlikely box office success in his acceptance speech, joking: “A sweeping story about the ethical dilemma of nuclear weapons grosses $1bn?”

The actor continued: “Dozens of folks have come up to me since the summer time saying I was unrecognisably subtle as Lewis Strauss. To my fellow nominees, let’s not pretend this is a compliment.”

He also referred to the changes made to the Golden Globes membership following a scandal over corruption and a lack of diversity. “Thanks for changing your game,” he said.

Succession was the big winner in the TV categories – following the fourth and final season of the series about a media mogul and his children who battle for control of his company.

Kieran Culkin, who played Roman Roy in the series, was named best leading TV actor – an award previously won by his co-stars Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong.

“I was nominated for a Golden Globe like 20 years ago,” he recalled, “and when that moment passed, I thought, ‘I’ll never be in this room again’.

“I accepted I was never going to be on this stage. But thanks to Succession…. this is a nice moment.”

His co-star Sarah Snook was named best leading TV actress, and told the audience: “This show has changed my life.”

British star Matthew Macfadyen was also named best supporting actor for his role in the show. “I just adored every second of playing the human grease stain that is Tom Wambsgans,” he joked.

Emma Stone was named best actress in a musical or comedy for her performance in Poor Things, which also won best musical or comedy film.

Poor Things sees Stone play a young woman, Bella Baxter, who goes on a journey of self discovery and sexual awakening as she travels around the world.

“Bella falls in love with life itself, rather than a person, she accepts the good and bad in equal measure,” Stone said in her acceptance speech.

“And that really made me look at life differently, and that all of it counts. She has stayed with me deeply, so this means the world to me.”

She thanked director Yorgos Lanthimos, saying she would be “forever be grateful that we met”, and writer Tony McNamara. “I love getting to say this dialogue, and I love getting to horrify you with my Australian accent,” she joked.