Universal Pictures dominates the Academy Awards with “Oppenheimer’

March 11, 2024 - 12:01 PM
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Director Christopher Nolan and Producers Emma Thomas and Charles Roven win the Oscar for Best Picture for "Oppenheimer" during the Oscars show at the 96th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 10, 2024. (Reuters/Mike Blake)

Comcast Corp’s CMCSA.O Universal Pictures dominated Sunday’s Academy Awards, propelled by the historical drama “Oppenheimer,” which won seven Oscars, including best picture.

READ: ‘Oppenheimer’ crowned best picture at the Oscars

The film about the father of the atomic bomb claimed wins in several major categories, including the best director Oscar for Christopher Nolan, lead actor for Cillian Murphy and supporting actor for Robert Downey Jr.

READ: Christopher Nolan wins best director Oscar for ‘Oppenheimer’Cillian Murphy wins best actor Oscar for ‘Oppenheimer’ | Robert Downey Jr. wins best supporting Oscar for ‘Oppenheimer’

“The Holdovers,” a film from Universal’s Focus Features about a strict teacher in a New England boarding school who is forced to supervise students unable to return home for Christmas, won for best supporting actress, Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

READ: ‘Holdovers’ star Randolph wins supporting actress as Oscars kick off

Disney’s Searchlight division scored five Oscars. Four of them went to “Poor Things,” the reimagining of the Frankenstein story, which earned a best actress honor for Emma Stone. Searchlight also received an Oscar for documentary short film, “The Last Repair Shop.”

Netflix NFLX.O received a single award, for director Wes Anderson’s 39-minute live action short, “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar.”

Apple APPL.O was shut out of Sunday’s winners. It released best picture nominee “Killers of the Flower Moon,” which depicts the murders of members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma in the 1920s.

READ: Full list of Oscar winners at the 96th Academy Awards

— Reporting by Dawn Chimielewsk; editing by Jonathan Oatis