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Oscars 2024: Best Actor awarded to Cillian Murphy

And the Oscar for Best Actor goes to...

This awards season has been a highly competitive race, with so many excellent films and performances. Oppenheimer certainly stood out this year, with the film nabbing 13 nominations in different categories, with Cillian Murphy up for Best Actor this year for his performance as physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer.

The Academy caused a bit of a stir when it was revealed that Leonardo DiCaprio missed out on a nomination in the category, with the star also missing out on SAG and BAFTA nominations.

And the Oscar for Best Actor goes to... Photo: Focus Theatres, Universal Pictures, MGM Studios.
And the Oscar for Best Actor goes to... Photo: Focus Theatres, Universal Pictures, MGM Studios.

Here are the nominations:

Best Actor

  • Bradley Cooper, Maestro

  • Colman Domingo, Rustin

  • Paul Giamatti, The Holdovers

  • Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer

  • Jeffrey Wright, American Fiction

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Cillian has had a very successful run, winning the BAFTA for Best Actor in a Leading Role, the Golden Globe for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama, the SAG award for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role and more!

To present the award, the Academy had Nicholas Cage, Matthew McConaughey, Brendan Fraser, Ben Kingsley, and Forest Whitaker share kind words about each of the nominees.

This was Cillian Murphy’s first nomination and first win. Photo: Getty
This was Cillian Murphy’s first nomination and first win. Photo: Getty

It came as little surprise that Cillian won Best Actor. It was his first Oscar win, and the star thanked the Academy and the Oppenheimer filmmakers.

"I'm a very proud Irishman standing here tonight," Cillian told the crowd, dedicating his award to "peacemakers everywhere".

Yahoo Lifestyle's predictions

Before watching the Oscars, here were our predictions for who would take out the top award:

Marni - When it comes to the Best Actor category, I feel like Cillian Murphy will take that out.

Lachlan - For Best Actor, I’m rooting for Paul Giamatti in The Holdovers!

Lyndsey - Common sense would say it's Cillian Murphy, but I like Jeffrey Wright, so I'm voting for him, even though I cannot vote as I'm not a member of the Academy and I haven't seen either film.

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