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19th Feb 2024

Cillian Murphy dedicates BAFTA to his wife and kids in flawless speech

Kat O'Connor

Cillian Murphy won a BAFTA for his role in Oppenheimer

Nailing an award speech is something even the most crafted actors struggle with, but Cillian Murphy delivered a perfect speech after winning his first BAFTA last night.

The Irish actor took home the Best Actor award at the ceremony in London last night.

The Cork native only had a short amount of time for his speech but managed to thank those who mattered most to him.

He praised the Oppenheimer director Chris Nolan and producer Emma Thomas for trusting him with this role.

He said: “The most dynamic, kindest producer-director partnership in Hollywood: Chris Nolan and Emma Thomas, thank you for seeing something in me that I probably didn’t see in myself.”

“Thank you for always pushing me and demanding excellence because that is what you deliver time and time again,” he added.

Murphy also acknowledged the Oppenheimer cast and crew, his fellow nominees, and the British Academy Film Awards.

Towards the end of the charming speech, the Irish actor took the time to mention those who matter most to him, his family.

He gushed: “To Yvonne, Malachy, and Aran you are my best friends and I love you so much.”

The actor’s speech was a class act and we’re hoping he can deliver another moving one at the Oscars next month.