Cillian Murphy in 'Oppenheimer' and Da'Vine Joy Randolph in 'The Holdovers'.

Universal Films Take Home Oscar Gold at the 96th Academy Awards

With Oppenheimer taking home 7 Awards including Best Picture, Directing, Actor in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Cinematography, Film Editing and Original Score, and The Holdovers' Da'Vine Joy Randolph winning Actress in a Supporting Role, Universal's studios were the biggest winner during this year's Oscars ceremony.

Oppenheimer's Historic 7 Academy Awards

In a special night for Christopher Nolan, Universal Pictures, and the entire Oppenheimer team, the film led this year's slate of winners with 7 wins, tying The Sting (1973), Out of Africa (1985) and Schindler’s List (1993) for the most ever for a Universal film. Oppenheimer — which became the highest-ever grossing biopic at over $950 million worldwide — is also the highest grossing movie to win Best Picture since The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2004), and the first to release theatrically in July since Forest Gump (1995). See the full list of Oppenheimer wins below.

Best Picture

Oppenheimer – Emma Thomas, Charles Roven and Christopher Nolan, producers


Christopher Nolan – Oppenheimer

Actor in a Leading Role

Cillian Murphy – Oppenheimer

Actor in a Supporting Role

Robert Downey Jr. – Oppenheimer


Oppenheimer – Hoyte van Hoytema

Film Editing

Oppenheimer – Jennifer Lame

Original Score

Oppenheimer – Ludwig Göransson

In the acceptance speech for Best Picture, producer Emma Thomas spoke to how much the award meant to her and the Oppenheimer team.

I think any of us who make movies know that you kind of dream of this moment. You know you do, right? I could deny it, but have I been dreaming about this moment for so long.
Emma Thomas

The Holdovers Da’Vine Joy Randolph Wins Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Oppenheimer wasn’t the only Universal film to score a win. The Holdovers joined a historic group of Focus Features titles to win multiple Academy Awards, including Brokeback Mountain (2005), Milk (2009) and Dallas Buyers Club (2014).

Da’Vine Joy Randolph won the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role as Mary Lamb, where she plays the head cook at an elite New England boarding school. In her acceptance speech, Randolph thanked her mother for encouraging her to try acting.

My mother said to me, go across the street to that theater department. There's something for you there.
Da’Vine Joy Randolph

About Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer stars Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb. The film also stars Emily Blunt as Kitty Oppenheimer, Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss, Matt Damon as Leslie Groves, and Florence Pugh as Jean Tatlock. The film was part of a historic cultural phenomenon that brought attention to the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer through the film itself as well as numerous collaborative NBC News specials and more. It is now streaming on Peacock, where it received 821 million streaming minutes in its first week.

About The Holdovers

The Holdovers follows a curmudgeonly instructor (Paul Giamatti) at a New England prep school who is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go. Eventually he forms an unlikely bond with one of them — a damaged, brainy troublemaker (newcomer Dominic Sessa) — and with the school's head cook, who has just lost a son in Vietnam (Da'Vine Joy Randolph). Stream it now on Peacock.