Cillian Murphy: Barbenheimer was a 'wonderful moment for cinema

Actor Cillian Murphy reflects on the Barbenheimer phenomenon, calling it a "wonderful moment for cinema."

The viral trend involved fans booking tickets to see both Barbie and Oppenheimer on the same day, spurred by memes highlighting their tonal differences.

Murphy praises the organic nature of the trend, emphasizing that it wasn't a meticulously planned marketing strategy.

Both films, Barbie and Oppenheimer, are nominated for Best Picture at the upcoming Oscars on March 10.

Murphy, a co-frontrunner for Best Actor, downplays the importance of awards and focuses on the audience's connection with the films.

The article provides insights into Cillian Murphy's career, including his early interest in acting, foray into music, and pivotal role in Batman Begins.

Murphy's collaboration with director Christopher Nolan spans six films, emphasizing the trust and push he receives as an actor.

The breakthrough in Murphy's career came with his role as Tommy Shelby in the BBC drama series Peaky Blinders, earning critical acclaim.

As Peaky Blinders gained popularity, Murphy continued to star in films, including A Quiet Place Part II.

Oppenheimer, in which Murphy plays the lead role, accidentally sparked the Barbenheimer trend, benefiting both films at the box office.

Murphy discusses the human story behind Oppenheimer and the profound moral dilemmas presented in the film.

The article highlights the success of Irish actors in the recent awards season and explores the talent pipeline in Ireland.