Billie Eilish sets new record with Barbie's only Oscar win

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Billie Eilish set a new record as she picked up her second Academy Award for Best Original Song.

The singer was presented with the award alongside her brother Finneas O'Connell in last night’s (March 10) ceremony in Los Angeles, with ‘What Was I Made For?’ from Barbie prevailing in the hotly contested category.

The triumph is Eilish’s second in the category following her win in 2022 for ‘No Time to Die’, the theme song for the James Bond film of the same name, with her latest award marking a moment in history.

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At the mere age of 22, Eilish is now the youngest two-time Academy Award winner of all time, beating the record previously set by Luise Rainer after she won her second Best Actress award at the age of 28 in 1938.

26-year-old O’Connell, who co-writes and produces Eilish’s material, is now second on the all-time list behind his sister, and joined her on the stage as they accepted the award.

“I feel so incredibly lucky and honoured,” said Eilish during the speech. “This goes out to everyone that was affected by the movie and how incredible it is.”

The award was Barbie’s only win of the night from eight nominations, though Ryan Gosling did get the crowd excited as he performed ‘I’m Just Ken’ with the help of 65 all-singing and all-dancing Kens.

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The star, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, enlisted the help of fellow Kens Simu Liu, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Ncuti Gatwa and Scott Evans in the number, before approaching co-stars Margot Robbie, America Ferrera and director Greta Gerwig in the crowd.

The 96th Academy Award ceremony was dominated by Oppenheimer, with the biopic taking home seven awards including Best Picture, Best Leading Actor, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor.

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