BAFTA for Best Leading Actor for Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy after winning the Best Leading Actor award for Oppenheimer in the press room during the BAFTA Film Awards at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Britain, 18 February 2024. The ceremony is hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). EPA/ANDY RAIN

Cillian Murphy won a BAFTA for Best Leading Actor for his epic performance of J. Robert Oppenheimer in the eponymous biopic.

In the film, Murphy plays J. Robert Oppenheimer, the US theoretical physicist often called the "father of the atomic bomb" who was haunted by the consequences of his creation.

The film has grossed more than $1 billion, already won big at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, and is now the clear frontrunner for Oscars glory.

It was Murphy's first BAFTA, and he thanked Nolan for "seeing something in me I probably didn't see myself" when collecting the award at the ceremony in London's Royal Festival Hall.

He later told reporters the success was "mind-blowing", adding he was "thrilled and a little shocked". /BGNES-AFP