Who got the best actor award at the Oscars in 2024? Cillian Murphy’s childhood school declares ‘No Homework Day’ after he wins his first Oscar

Following his first Oscar win for Best Actor in “Oppenheimer,” celebrations were in full swing at his alma mater the next day. The community, comprising teachers, parents, and young students, was enveloped in a wave of jubilation. “There was such a buzz of excitement we woke up to this morning,” said Sean Lyons, the headmaster of the all-boys Catholic institution, in a conversation with AFP. Murphy,  47, was a student at St. Anthony’s, nestled in the tidy neighborhood of Ballinlough in Cork, from 1982 through 1988.

“It left us wondering if it was true, that a gentleman from Ballinlough in Cork clinched an Oscar, an accolade of international repute!” exclaimed the teacher, his eyes shining behind his glasses. “He has planted a seed for countless learners, not solely in Ballinlough and St. Anthony’s but across Ireland, inspiring them that achieving on a worldwide platform is within reach,” Lyons mentioned.

Following a remarkable season of accolades, where Murphy garnered a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe, among other prizes, he ultimately clinched his first Oscar on Sunday. His award-winning role was that of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the American physicist credited with designing the atomic bomb.

Dublin Airport had a bit of fun at Kate’s expense by crudely editing a photo to show actor Cillian Murphy’s face on someone emerging from a plane waving an Irish flag.

The tweet from Dublin Airport stated: “Kate, our latest social media intern, did an outstanding job this morning snapping a photo of Cillian Murphy as he made his way back to Dublin Airport following his remarkable victory at the Oscars.”

In the comment section, Dublin Airport jokingly remarked: “Took us hours.”

Cillian Murphy was lavished with praise for his Oscar acceptance speech, becoming the first individual born in Ireland to clinch the coveted Best Actor accolade.

Cillian Murphy broke records for Ireland by claiming the Best Actor accolade at the Oscars, marking a first for his nation, through his role in the standout film, Oppenheimer, which swept the awards ceremony. The cinematic piece garnered critical acclaim, snagging awards for Best Picture, a Best Director accolade for Christopher Nolan, and Best Supporting Actor went to Robert Downey Jr. For his exceptional portrayal of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, Murphy was bestowed with the Best Leading Actor honor.

What was Oppenheimer famous for?

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J. Robert Oppenheimer, an American theoretical physicist, is most famous for being the director of the Manhattan Project’s Los Alamos Laboratory during World War II. His pivotal role in designing the atomic bomb earned him the title of “father of the atomic bomb.”. Born in New York City, Oppenheimer made significant contributions to theoretical physics, including the Born–Oppenheimer approximation and work on quantum mechanics. His guidance and expertise in science were crucial for the achievement of the project, which climaxed with the initial detonation of the atomic bomb on July 16, 1945.

Who will win the most Oscars in 2024?

At the 2024 Oscars, the film “Oppenheimer” swept the board, winning Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Actor. The talented Cillian Murphy took home the award for Best Actor for his remarkable performance. Other notable winners included Emma Stone for Best Actress, Robert Downey Jr. for Best Supporting Actor, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph for Best Supporting Actress. The Oscars celebrated outstanding achievements in the film industry, and “Oppenheimer” emerged as a standout winner.

Best actor

Cillian Murphy, “Oppenheimer” — Winner

Colman Domingo, “Rustin”

Jeffrey Wright, “American Fiction”

Bradley Cooper, “Maestro”

Paul Giamatti, “The Holdovers”

Best director

Christopher Nolan, “Oppenheimer” — Winner

Yorgos Lanthimos, “Poor Things”

Justine Triet, “Anatomy of a Fall”

Martin Scorsese, “Killers of the Flower Moon”

Jonathan Glazer, “The Zone of Interest”

Best Actress

Annette Bening, “Nyad”

Sandra Hüller, “Anatomy of a Fall”

Carey Mulligan, “Maestro”

Lily Gladstone, “Killers of the Flower Moon”

Emma Stone, “Poor Things” — Winner

Best supporting actress

Da’Vine Joy Randolph, “The Holdovers” — Winner

Danielle Brooks, “The Color Purple”

America Ferrera, “Barbie”

Emily Blunt, “Oppenheimer”

Jodie Foster, “Nyad”

Best animated short film

“War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko” — Winner

“Letter to a Pig”

“Ninety-Five Senses”

“Letter to a Pig”


Best supporting actor

Robert Downey Jr., “Oppenheimer” — Winner

Mark Ruffalo, “Poor Things”

Sterling K. Brown, “American Fiction”

Ryan Gosling, “Barbie”

Best image

“Oppenheimer” — Winner

“Anatomy of a Fall”


“The Holdovers”

“American Fiction”

“The Zone of Interest”

“Killers of the Flower Moon”

“Past Lives”


“Poor Things”

“Our Uniform”

Best animated feature film

“The Boy and the Heron” — Winner


“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse”

“Robot Dreams”


Best original screenplay

“Anatomy of a Fall” — Winner


“Past Lives”

“May December”

“The Holdovers”

Best adapted screenplay


“American Fiction” — Winner


“The Zone of Interest”

“Poor Things”

Best production design

“Poor Things” — Winner




“Killers of the Flower Moon”

Best makeup and hairstyling


“Poor Things” — Winner



“Society of the Snow”

Best costume design


“Poor Things” — Winner


“Killers of the Flower Moon”


Best international feature film

“The Zone of Interest,” The United Kingdom—The Champion

“Io Capitano,” Italy

“Perfect Days,” Japan

“The Teachers’ Lounge,” Germany

“Society of the Snow,” Spain

Best visual effects

“The Creator”

“Godzilla Minus One” — Winner

“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One”


“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”

Best film editing

“Oppenheimer” — Winner

“The Holdovers”

“Poor Things”

“Killers of the Flower Moon”

“Anatomy of a Fall”

Best documentary feature film

“20 Days in Mariupol” — Winner

“The Eternal Memory”

“To Kill a Tiger”

“Bobi Wine: The People’s President”

“Four Daughters”

Best documentary short film

“The Last Repair Shop” — Winner

“The Barber of Little Rock”

“Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó”

“The ABCs of Book Banning”

“Island in Between”

Best Cinematography

“Oppenheimer” — Winner

“El Conde”


“Poor Things”

“Killers of the Flower Moon”

Best live-action short film

“The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar” — Winner


“Red, White and Blue”

“The After”

“Knight of Fortune”

Best original score

“Oppenheimer” — Winner

“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”

“Poor Things”

“American Fiction”

“Killers of the Flower Moon”

Best sound


“The Zone of Interest” — Winner


“Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One”

“The Creator”

Best original song

“Wahzhazhe (A Song For My People)” from “Killers of the Flower Moon”

“What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie” — Winner

“I’m Just Ken” from “Barbie”

“The Fire Inside” from “Flamin’ Hot”

“It Never Went Away” from “American Symphony”

Full list of Oscars 2024 winners

Best picture: “Oppenheimer”

Best director: Christopher Nolan, “Oppenheimer”

Best actor: Cillian Murphy, “Oppenheimer”

Best supporting actress: Da’Vine Joy Randolph, “The Holdovers”

Best actress: Emma Stone, “Poor Things.”

Best supporting actor: Robert Downey Jr., “Oppenheimer”

Best adapted screenplay: Cord Jefferson, “American Fiction”

Best original screenplay: Arthur Harari and Justine Triet, “Anatomy of a Fall”

Best animated feature: “The Boy and the Heron”

Best international feature: “The Zone of Interest” (United Kingdom)

Best documentary feature: “20 Days in Mariupol”

Best animated short: “War is Over! Inspired by the Music of John Lennon and Yoko Ono”

Best documentary short: “The Last Repair Shop”

Best score: Ludwig Göransson, “Oppenheimer”

Best live-action short: “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar”

Best original song: Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell, “What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie.”

Best sound: Tarn Willers and Johnnie Burn, “The Zone of Interest.”

Best makeup and hairstyling: Nadia Stacey, Mark Coulier, and Josh Weston, “Poor Things”

Best editing: Jennifer Lame, “Oppenheimer”

Best visual effects: Takashi Yamazaki, Masaki Takahashi, Kiyoko Shibuya  and Tatsuji Nojima, “Godzilla Minus One.”

Best cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema, “Oppenheimer”

Best production design: James Price, Zsuzsa Mihalek, and Shona Heath, “Poor Things”

Best costume design: Holly Waddington, “Poor Things”