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Cillian Murphy steals the show with just one word during Baftas acceptance speech

Cillian Murphy steals the show with just one word during Baftas acceptance speech

His acceptance speech for Best Leading Actor sent social media into a tailspin

Last night's Baftas saw Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer dominate the award show, winning seven awards throughout the evening.

The critically acclaimed film - which is now the highest grossing WWII movie of all time - follows physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer and a team of scientists as they develop the atomic bomb and forever change the course of history.

When it was released back in July 2023, it was embroiled in a fierce battle with Greta Gerwig's Barbie, which was released on the same day.

But it was Oppenheimer that ultimately came on top last night (18 February), bagging seven awards, including Best Director and Best Film.

Irish actor Cillian Murphy also scooped up the award for Best Leading Actor for his role as the titular character and fans have gone crazy over just one word he included in his acceptance speech.




Accepting the award, he said: "Oh boy, holy moly, thank you very, very much Bafta."

The actor also paid tribute to 'the most dynamic, kindest producer-director partnership in Hollywood: Chris Nolan and Emma Thomas'.

"Thank you for seeing something in me that I probably didn't see in myself," Murphy continued.

Cillian Murphy scooped up the award for Best Leading Actor at the Baftas.
Gareth Cattermole/BAFTA/Getty Images for BAFTA

Murphy then directly addressed Nolan, saying: "Thank for always pushing me and demanding excellence because that is what you deliver time and time again."

He also acknowledged his 'fellow nominees and my Oppenhomies', a term used by fans to describe the cast of the epic biographical film.

And, his mention of it during his speech sent X (formerly known as Twitter) users into a tailspin.

One user wrote: "Referring to the cast as 'Oppenhomies' is cute but having Cillian Murphy actually say it during his acceptance speech is something else."

Another said: "I wanna thank my fellow nominees and my oppenhomies … that was a rhyme," alongside two crying emojis.

A third person commented: "Him mentioning Oppenhomies??"

While a fourth added "'Oppenhomies' he's so unserious."

The Irish actor sent social media crazy when he referred to his cast mates as 'Oppenhomies.'
Kate Green/BAFTA/Getty Images for BAFTA

The Baftas were held at London’s Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank, with David Tennant hosting the awards show for the first time.

The Zone of Interest and Poor Things were the night's other big winners.

The former won awards for both both Film Not in the English Language and outstanding British Film (along with Best Sound), an irony not lost on its producer, James Wilson.

And, Poor Things saw Emma Stone win the Leading Actress award and also collected trophies for Production Design, Special Visual Effects, Make-up and Hair, and Costume Design awards.

Stone quipped on stage: "Thank you for the line 'I must punch that baby' - it’s been life changing for me."

Featured Image Credit: Gareth Cattermole/BAFTA/Kate Green/BAFTA/Getty Images for BAFTA

Topics: BAFTAs, Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer, TV and Film, Celebrity