Christopher Nolan Thanks Wife, 'Producer of All Our Films and All Our Children,' After “Oppenheimer” Oscar Win

Directors Justine Triet, Martin Scorsese, Yorgos Lanthimos and Jonathan Glazer were also nominated

<p>Kevin Winter/Getty Images</p> Christopher Nolan accepts the Best Director award for "Oppenheimer" onstage during the 96th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 10, 2024 in Hollywood, California.

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Christopher Nolan accepts the Best Director award for "Oppenheimer" onstage during the 96th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 10, 2024 in Hollywood, California.

Christopher Nolan gave a special shout-out to his wife Emma Thomas after winning best director for Oppenheimer at the the 2024 Oscars.

The other nominees in the category were Justine Triet (Anatomy of a Fall), Martin Scorsese (Killers of the Flower Moon), Yorgos Lanthimos (Poor Things), and Jonathan Glazer (The Zone of Interest).

While accepting the award, Nolan shared, "I have so many people to thank. The most incredible cast: Matt Damon, Robert [Downey Jr.], Emily [Blunt], Florence [Pugh], and so many others, all at the top of their game led by the incredible Cillian Murphy. A crew, some of whom have been rewarded tonight. I can’t say enough about the incredible crew that we got together on this film. Thank you to Chuck Roven for putting the book in my hands."

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Samir Hussein/WireImage

"Thank you for those who have been there for me and have believed in me my whole career. Dan Michael, my brother Jonah, my family," he said before acknowledging Thomas.

"And the incredible Emma Thomas - producer of all our films and all our children. I love you," he said. "And to the Academy, just to say movies are just a little bit over 100 years old. I mean, imagine being there 100 years into painting or theater."

"We don’t know where this incredible journey is going from here, but to know that you think that I am a meaningful part of it means the world to me," he concluded. "Thank you very much."

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Nolan captured his fourth and fifth individual Oscar nominations for directing Oppenheimer and adapting its screenplay from Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin’s J. Robert Oppenheimer biography American Prometheus.

Now the highest-grossing biopic of all time, Oppenheimer stars Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh and a large ensemble cast. Without adjusting for inflation, the film is Nolan’s most lucrative global release since 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises.

About the box-office success and nominations, Nolan previously told The Associated Press, "I grew up loving Hollywood movies and believing studio filmmaking can take on anything. Seeing audiences respond to that this summer was incredibly thrilling and getting this kind of recognition from the Academy, I don’t know what to say, really. It certainly confirms our faith in what studio filmmaking can be."

The filmmaker added, "I grew up watching the Academy Awards. It’s the pinnacle of sort of the recognition of your peers."

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Gareth Cattermole/BAFTA/Getty

Justine Triet of France is a newcomer to the Oscars, but she has directed acclaimed French films like 2013’s Age of Panic and 2016’s In Bed with Victoria.

Her latest film, Anatomy of a Fall, follows Oscar-nominated actress Sandra Hüller as she stands on trial for her husband’s murder. The courtroom drama won the Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and — in addition to her Best Director nod — gave Triet a nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Related: Jane Fonda Throws Palme d'Or Scroll at Winning Director After She Forgets it Onstage

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Lanthimos, 50, continues to bring his oddball sensibilities to Hollywood with Poor Things, a tale about a revived woman (Emma Stone) discovering the world’s pleasures.

This marks his second Academy nod for Best Director, with the last coming in 2019 for The Favourite. In total, Poor Things has notched the second-most nominations at this year’s ceremony with 11, only behind Oppenheimer.

Related: Emma Stone and Her Poor Things Director Yorgos Lanthimos in Talks to Team Up for a Fourth Film

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Scorsese leads his fellow directing nominees in recognition from the awards body. The 81-year-old’s Oscars tally, which stretches back to 1981 for Raging Bull, now includes 10 nods for Best Director.

His frequent collaborators Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio star in Killers of the Flower Moon, plus Lily Gladstone. It's the retelling of a dark chapter in American history: the serial killings of members of the Osage Nation in 1920s Oklahoma.

Related: Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese on Building ‘Love’ and ‘Trust’ During Their 50-Year Friendship (Exclusive)

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Glazer, 58, makes his debut at the Oscars with two nominations for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The writer-director’s Zone of Interest depicts a Nazi officer's family living just outside the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust. Starring Hüller and Christian Friedel as Hedwig and Rudolf Höss, the film has earned several accolades this season, such as outstanding British film at the BAFTAs. At this year’s Oscars, the historical drama based on Martin Amis’ 2014 novel has a total of five nominations.

The 96th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, are airing live on ABC Sunday from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.

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