•   Thursday, 25 Jul, 2024
Golden Globes 2024: Oppenheimer and Succession sweep up

Golden Globes 2024: Oppenheimer and Succession sweep up

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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 inaugrual box office achievement award, after grossing $1.4bn (£1.13bn) worldwide.

There were two wins each for Anatomy of a Fall, The Holdovers and Poor Things, and one for Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon.

The latter film's star Lily Gladstone was named best drama actress, making her the first indigenous person to win the award, something she described as "historic".

Oppenheimer star Murphy paid tribute to Nolan's "rigour, focus and dedication" in making the film, which grossed $954m (£750m) at the box office and won best drama film at the ceremony.

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?"

Robert Downey Jr won best supporting actor for his performance in Oppenheimer

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 told the voting body.

Murphy, who also starred in Peaky Blinders, played J Robert Oppenheimer in the film - the theoretical physicist described as the father of the atomic bomb.In his acceptance speech, Murphy said: "I knew the first time I walked on Christopher Nolan's set that it was different.

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

Murphy also joked about the number of Irish nominees in awards season this year - his fellow nominees in the category included Saltburn's Barry Keoghan and All of us Strangers star Andrew Scott.

"To all my fellow nominees, whether Moon star Lily Gladstone began her acceptance speech by speaking Algonquian language Blackfoot. The actress comes from a Blackfeet Indian Reservation in northern Montana.

"I just spoke a bit of Blackfeet language, the beautiful community nation that raised me, encouraged me to keep doing this," she told the audience.

"I'm here with my mum, who, even though she's not Blackfeet, worked tirelessly to get Blackfeet into our classroom.

"This award is a historic one. I'm so grateful I can speak even a little bit of my language, because in this business, Native actors used to speak their lines in English, and then their sound mixers would run them backwards to accomplish Native languages on camera."

In Killers of the Flower Moon, Gladstone plays Mollie Burkhart, an Osage woman whose family members are brutally murdered as part of a plot by white settlers to move in on their land and take their fortune, fuelled by greed over oil.

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