Academy Awards’ lead nominee Oppenheimer clinches top prize at SAG Awards

Oppenheimer. Image credit: TIFF

Oppenheimer, the lead Academy Awards nominee with 13 nods reportedly clinched top prize at SAG Awards on Saturday, for outstanding cast, along with awards for Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr., at the 30th Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Produced by United Kingdom, United States of America in 2023, The film has a large ensemble of cast including Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, and Kenneth Branagh, among many others,

Directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Cillian Murphy with gaunt expressions and haunted eyes, the story of Oppenheimer is told in two ways: through J. Robert Oppenheimer’s wartime recruitment to the Manhattan Project, and the later security hearings over Communist ties that risked ruining his career.

The film Oppenheimer belongs to the genre of Biography, history as well as drama.

Image credit: TIFF

As the Academy Awards draw closer, Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster biopic — already a winner at the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs — the SAG Awards, one of the most telling Oscar predictors, will only add to the momentum for Oppenheimer.

After months-long SAG-AFTRA strike, it was the first for a major Hollywood award show streamed live on Netflix.

Not always signifying Oscar success, two of the last five winners from theThe SAG Awards,The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Black Panther, lost at the Academy Awards.

Nevertheless in the past two years, all five of the top SAG prizes — best ensemble and the four acting winners — have corresponded with the eventual Oscar winners, including the ensembles for Everything Everywhere All at Once and CODA.

This leads to the conclusion that the SAGs offered an Oscar preview in two of the closest contests: best actor and best actress.

The Oscar nominations were announced Feb 23, with Oppenheimer, Poor Things, Killers of the Flower Moon and Barbie emerging as the early leaders.

Oppenheimer leads the pack with 13 nominations, including for best picture, best directing and lead and supporting actor nods for Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr. It’s an impressive showing for a film already dominating the awards circuit, having pulled in eight wins at the Critics Choice Awards last week.