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Oscars 2024: The records broken by Emma Stone, Cillian Murphy, and more

The 96th Academy Awards aired on March 10, with Oppenheimer and Poor Things dominating

Emma Stone, Cillian Murphy, Justine Triet and Arthur Harari with their Oscar awards
Ahad Sanwari
Ahad Sanwari - New York
Senior WriterNew York
Updated: 11 March 2024
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A night to remember, the 96th Academy Awards saw plenty of record-breaking wins as Emma Stone, Cillian Murphy and more made history. In an impressive feat, Oppenheimer reigned supreme with seven wins, while Poor Things followed closely with four. American Fiction and Anatomy of a Fall were also victorious, taking home one trophy each. 

Now that the winners have been announced, we're unpacking the records broken by last night's Oscar recipients. Here's why it was such a poignant evening for the stars...

Crowned Best Actor at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and SAG Awards, fans were convinced that Cillian Murphy would take home the Oscar this year, and now that he has he's officially made history, becoming the first Irish-born individual to triumph in the category. "I'm a little overwhelmed," he told the audience. "I'm a very proud Irishman standing up here tonight." 

As for Emma Stone, who bagged Best Actress for Poor Things, the 35-year-old has become the 27th actor to win two Oscars in leading categories (her first win came in 2019 for La La Land). Holding back tears, she said, "This is really overwhelming," and announced that she shared the award with her fellow nominees: Lily Gladstone, Carey Mulligan, Annette Bening and Sandra Hüller. 

Emma Stone and Mark Ruffalo in "Poor Things" (2023). Photo credit: Yorgos Lanthimos/Searchlight Pictures© Alamy Stock Photo
Emma Stone has become the second person to win an acting and producing statue in one night

Emma, meanwhile, has also become the second actor ever to win an acting and producing Oscar in one night (as a producer on Poor Things). She follows in the footsteps of Frances McDormand, who did so in 2021, with wins in Best Picture and Best Actress for Nomadland.

Adding to the biggest moments of the night, Justine Triet became the first French woman ever to win Best Original Screenplay for Anatomy of a Fall. Joking that the award would help her through her "mid-life crisis," the award-winner explained how she'd worked on the story with her peers during the Coronavirus lockdown. 

AdditionallyThe Zone of Interest became the first movie submitted by the United Kingdom to win the Best International Feature Film Oscar.

The commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf and his wife Hedwig, strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden next to the camp.© A24
The Zone of Interest became the first International Feature Film winner from the UK

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The Boy and the Heron [Kimitachi wa do ikiru ka] (2023) directed by Hayao Miyazaki and starring Soma Santoki, Masaki Suda and Takuya Kimura. A semi-autobiographical Japanese animi fantasy from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki about a young boy named Mahito yearning for his mother ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead.© Alamy Stock Photo
"The Boy and the Heron" became only the second non-English language winner of the Best Animated Feature Oscar

Finally, The Boy and The Heron, completely in Japanese, became only the second non-English language winner to take home Best Animated Feature (following Hayao Miyazaki's own Spirited Away in 2001).

A big congratulations to all the record-breakers at the 96th Academy Awards.  

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