‘Being in this room is so special’ - Cillian Murphy wins another award

Virgin Radio

22 Apr 2024, 10:02

Cillian Murphy

Credit: Rex

Actor Cillian Murphy has added yet another award to his brimming trophy cabinet for his role in Oppenheimer.

Having already scooped prizes at the Oscars, BAFTAs, Golden Globes and SAG Awards for his performance as theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer in the biopic by Christopher Nolan, the Peaky Blinders star has now scored another success. 

And this time his victory comes close to home.

The Cork-born star was named Best Lead Actor at the Irish Film and TV Academy Awards at the weekend for his performance in Oppenheimer.

The ceremony took place on Saturday 20th April at the Dublin Royal Convention Centre, and Murphy was presented with his award by Killers Of The Flower Moon star and nominee for Best International Actress, Lily Gladstone.

“God, I’m still so brutal at this,” the actor said when collecting the prize. He added: “But being in this room is so special — being at home, with people that I love and admire amongst my fellow nominees and some of my favourite people.”

The Oppenheimer actor beat several big names to the prize, including Andrew Scott for

All Of Us Strangers and Saltburn’s Barry Keoghan. Pierce Brosnan was also nominated for The Last Rifleman.

Murphy also collected the Best International Film trophy for Christopher Nolan’s epic.

Kenneth Branagh was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role as physicist Niels Bohr in Nolan’s three-hour classic, but Paul Mescal took out the award for his performance in All Of Us Strangers.

In related news, Cillian Murphy is set to reprise his role as Tommy Shelby in the upcoming Peaky Blinders movie. The hit show’s creator revealed the exciting news earlier this year, saying: “He is definitely returning for it. We’re shooting it in September.”

Not only that, but the actor is set to feature in a new Netflix movie. Titled Steve, the narrative will unfold over a span of 24 hours, and revolves around the life of its eponymous headteacher, portrayed by Murphy.