“Oppenheimer” Wins Best Picture at the Oscars

“Oppenheimer” Wins Best Picture at the Oscars

(DailyDig.com) – In no surprise to most attendees of the Academy Awards on March 10, the movie, “Oppenheimer,” took the Best Picture Oscar. The movie was directed by Christopher Nolan, and centers around the legacy and life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the creator of the first atomic bomb.

The movie’s stellar performances, storytelling, and meticulous details of the historical event, impacted audiences and even critics profoundly. The ethical issues regarding such a devastating weapon, the severe stakes of the outcome of WWII, and the focus on the life, both personal and scientific, of Oppenheimer, bolstered the movie’s three-hour narrative.

The movie’s box office accomplishment, $953.8 million gross, was staggering. Along with the acclaim received by the movie-goers, the success of the movie also won critical praise from a vast number of critics. What engaged the audiences and critics was the emotional and intellectual level of both entertainment and thoughtful subjects of life and history.

Oppenheimer” was Nolan’s first Best Picture Oscar win as director. His other movies that received Oscar wins included “Inception,” the Batman trilogy, “The Dark Knight,” and “Memento.”

The actor who portrayed Oppenheimer, Cillian Murphy, won the Best Actor Oscar. He owned the role of the creator of the most powerful weapon with his intense emotional depth creating a powerful insight into the character. This is considered the reason for the movie’s success, according to critical reviews.

Murphy’s acceptance speech included a statement regarding the fact that everyone now lives in an Oppenheimer world. He then dedicated his Oscar to the world’s peacemakers.

Robert Downey Jr. won the Supporting Role for Best Actor as Oppenheimer’s nemesis, Lewis Strauss, Atomic Energy Commission chairman. Strauss’ hatred for Oppenheimer fueled his antagonism toward the bomb maker.

Downey Jr. was nominated in 1993 for an Oscar, but his acting career was troubled by his drug use until he reformed himself.

Regarding the reviews that “Oppenheimer” received, a Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh rating of 93 percent, certified the belief by many that this was director Nolan’s best work ever.

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