Cillian Murphy wins his first Oscar: Best Actor in leading role for Oppenheimer

Cillian Murphy has won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his part in Oppenheimer.

“I’m very proud Irishman standing here tonight,” he said while accepting the award.


The native of the Cork City dedicated the win to what he called the ‘peacemaker everywhere’. He also thanked his fellow cast and crew members on the movie. He wrapped up his acceptance speech with “Gura mile maith agaibh” – which is Gaelic for “a thousand thanks to you all.”

Cillian had portrayed the eponymous J. Robert Oppenheimer, father of the atomic bomb, in Oppenheimer, which was directed by Christopher Nolan. The movie had secured him his first Academy Award nomination and now also a first win.

Director Christopher and Cillian have a long history of collaborations. They have worked together on several films including Batman Begins in 2005, Inception in 2010, and Dunkirk in 2017.