’Oppenheimer‘ dominates the 96th Academy Awards, sweeps seven categories.

Oppenheimer, the blockbuster biopic about the race to build the first atomic bomb, won the coveted Best Picture trophy at the 96th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California on March 10 (March 11 in the Philippines).

But that is only the cherry on top as the Christopher Nolan-helmed film took home six other awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Nolan, Best Actor for Cillian Murphy, and Best Supporting Actor for Robert Downey Jr., to name a few.

The three-hour historical drama was a box office hit, grossing US$953.8 million (S$1.27 billion), and also received near-universal acclaim.

It is the first of Nolan’s films to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. The director is known for his highly acclaimed films such as The Dark Knight trilogy (2005-2012), Inception (2010), and Memento (2000).

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Cillian Murphy, who plays the titular Oppenheimer wins his first Best Actor Oscar. Photo by Kevin Winter for Getty Images; banner photo of Murphy and director Christopher Nolan from Universal Pictures

Murphy and Downey Jr. also received their first Oscars.

Meanwhile, American actress Emma Stone won in the Best Actress category for Poor Things, with the win making her only the eighth actress to win two Oscars by the age of 35. She first won for the musical romance film La La Land (2017).

Poor Things, a film by Yorgos Lanthimos and written by Tony McNamara, also won awards for Best Production Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Costume Design.

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Emma Stone won best actress for Poor Things, with the win making her only the eighth actress to win two Oscars by the age of 35. Photo from Getty Images

It wasn’t a very stellar night for last year’s biggest blockbuster hit Barbie, which won only one of its eight nominations—siblings Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell won the trophy for Best Song for their What Was I Made For?

At 22, Eilish is the youngest person ever to have won two Oscars, having won for the same category in 2022 for No Time to Die for the James Bond movie of the same title.

Legendary Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki won his second Best Animated Film award for The Boy and the Heron, 21 years after Spirited Away won him his first Oscar.

In 2014, Miyazaki received an honorary Oscar in recognition of his storytelling.

Hayao Miyazaki accepting his honorary Oscar in Los Angeles in November 2014. He wins his second Oscar for Best Animated Film for The Boy and the Heron. Photo by Kevin Winter for Getty Images

Some nominated films went home empty-handed, including Killers of the Flower Moon, Past Lives, Maestro, Nyad, and Society of the Snow.

Preceding the annual “in memoriam” segment, which honored stars such as Tom Wilkinson, Tina Turner, Matthew Perry, and Glenda Jackson, a clip was played of the late Alexei Navalny from the Oscar-winning documentary Navalny, where he said: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.

This year’s Oscars was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who was observed to have steered clear of politics in his spiels.

This is the fourth time Kimmel hosted Hollywood’s biggest night. He previously hosted in 2017, 2018, and 2022.

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Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 96th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on 10 March. Photo by Kevin Winter for Getty Images

We’ve listed down this year’s Oscar winners, as chosen by about 11,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Best Picture: Oppenheimer

Best Actor: Cilian Murphy, Oppenheimer

Best Actress: Emma Stone, Poor Things

Best Director: Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer

Best Supporting Actor: Robert Downey Jr, Oppenheimer

Best Supporting Actress: Da’vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers

Best Adapted Screenplay: American Fiction

Best Original Screenplay: Anatomy of a Fall

Best Animated Feature Film: The Boy and the Heron

Best Animated Short: War Is Over! Inspired By The Music Of John & Yoko

Best International Feature: The Zone of Interest, United Kingdom

Best Documentary Feature: 20 Days In Mariupol

Best Documentary Short: The Last Repair Shop

Best Original Score: Oppenheimer

Best Original Song: “What Was I Made For?”, Barbie

Best Sound: The Zone of Interest

Best Production Design: Poor Things

Best Live Action Short: The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

Best Cinematography: Oppenheimer

Best Makeup And Hairstyling: Poor Things

Best Costume Design: Poor Things

Best Visual Effects: Godzilla Minus One

Best Film Editing: Oppenheimer

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