Oppenheimer dominates BAFTA Film Awards

Christopher Nolan’s biopic of the father of the atomic bomb, Oppenheimer, has triumphed at the British Academy Film Awards, taking 7 prizes – including in the biggest categories, Best Picture and Best Director.

Cillian Murphy (right) and Robert Downey Jr were among Oppenheimer’s 7 BAFTA winners

Its star Cillian Murphy was named the Best Actor, while Robert Downey Jr won the Best Supporting Actor award, for playing Lewis Strauss – the self-serving politician at the narrative heart of the film.

The Victorian darkly comic fantasy, Poor Things, came away with 5 awards – the most prominent among them being Emma Stone for Best Actress. Its other wins included Make-up, Costume and Production Design.

The Zone of Interest won 3 BAFTAs, including Best British Film and Best Foreign Language Film.

Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest – about the commandant of Auschwitz – was named the Best British Film – and also became first British film to win the Best Foreign Language award. It also won Best Sound, for the screams and gunshots that can be heard from over the wall of the most notorious of the Nazi death camps.

The final acting prize, for Best Supporting Actress, went to Da’Vine Joy Randolph for playing the bereaved school cook in The Holdovers, which also won the award for Casting – a category that’s in only it’s fifth year.

There wasn’t a lot of topical comment in the acceptance speeches, but the documentary prize went to 20 Days In Mariupol, a film that chronicles the brutality of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It beat a film about the Back To The Future star Michael J Fox’s life with Parkinson’s Disease; Fox didn’t get to collect a BAFTA himself, but he was there to present the top award of the night to the team behind Oppenheimer.

The winners of the British Academy Film awards often lean towards British talent, but the main winners this year have followed the direction of travel of the wider Awards Season. But while many of the winners are likely to feature again at next month’s Oscars, with the four Oscar front-runners in the acting categories all taking away BAFTAs, some of the films that have been featuring prominently at other ceremonies, including the Golden Globes, left London’s Royal Festival Hall empty handed, including Martin Scorsese’s crime thriller Killers of the Flower Moon and the box office winning Barbie.

Here is the full list of this year’s BAFTA’s Film Award winners:

Best film

  • Winner: Oppenheimer

Leading actress

  • Winner: Emma Stone – Poor Things

Leading actor

  • Winner: Cillian Murphy – Oppenheimer

Supporting actress

  • Winner: Da’Vine Joy Randolph – The Holdovers

Supporting actor

  • Winner: Robert Downey Jr – Oppenheimer


  • Winner: Oppenheimer – Christopher Nolan

EE Bafta rising star award (voted for by the public)

  • Winner: Mia McKenna-Bruce

Outstanding British film

  • Winner: The Zone of Interest

Film not in the English language

  • Winner: The Zone of Interest

Animated film

  • Winner: The Boy and the Heron


  • Winner: 20 Days In Mariupol

Original screenplay

  • Winner: Anatomy of a Fall

Adapted screenplay

  • Winner: American Fiction

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

  • Winner: Earth Mama

Original score

  • Winner: Oppenheimer

Make-up and hair

  • Winner: Poor Things

Costume design

  • Winner: Poor Things

Production design

  • Winner: Poor Things


  • Winner: The Zone of Interest


  • Winner: Oppenheimer


  • Winner: Oppenheimer


  • Winner: The Holdovers

Special visual effects

  • Winner: Poor Things

British short animation

  • Winner: Crab Day

British short film

  • Winner: Jellyfish and Lobster

Bafta Fellowship

  • Winner: Samantha Morton

Outstanding British contribution to cinema

  • Winner: June Givanni