Sir Kenneth Branagh finally wins his first-ever Oscar for Belfast
Posted by  badge Boss on Mar 28
Sir Kenneth Branagh won his first Oscar after four decades in the industry with his phenomenal film Belfast (Picture: Invision/AP)

Sir Kenneth Branagh was finally recognised by the Academy Awards as he won his very first Oscar for .

The actor and director, 61, is held in high regard across the UK and beyond, with a decades-spanning career involving writing, acting, directing and more.

Sir Kenneth has notched up eight Oscar nominations over four decades in the industry, having been nominated in seven different award categories – itself a record.

However, he had always come away empty-handed – until this year.

On Sunday, Sir Kenneth’s Belfast was named the winner of the best original screenplay.

The black-and-white film follows working-class Protestant family Ma and Pa (Caitriona Balfe and ), and sons Buddy (Jude Hill) and Will (Lewis McAskie) in the 1960s as their lives are flipped upside down when conflict comes to their street at the start of The Troubles.

Belfast native Sir Kenneth beamed as he picked up the award for his semi-autobiographical film, Belfast (Picture: Getty)

Accepting his first trophy after years of nominations, Sir Kenneth paid tribute to the cast and crew of Belfast, including those they had ‘lost along the way’ – including actor John Sessions and star Jamie’s father, Jim Dornan.

‘We miss them, we love them, we will never forget them,’ Sir Kenneth said.

‘And we will never forget all of those lost in the heartbreaking, heartwarming, human story of that amazing city of Belfast on the fabulous island of Ireland.’

The coveted award represents Sir Kenneth’s first-ever win at the Oscars (Picture: Getty Images)

A beaming Sir Kenneth said Belfast was a story of ‘the search for hope and joy in the face of violence and loss,’ a theme which resonated with critics and the public alike.

As well as an Oscar, Belfast nabbed the award for outstanding British film at the Baftas last month.

Belfast astounded critics and the public alike (Picture: PA)

The 94th Academy Awards were an action-packed one to say the least, with Will Smith’s threatening to steal the show.

However there were some heartwarming and historic wins: Ariana DeBose in the acting categories, while Troy Kotsur  to win, following his Coda co-star Marlee Matlin.

Speaking of Coda, the heartwarming story about Ruby, the only hearing child in a deaf family, 

Meanwhile, The Power of the Dog director, Jane Campion, became just the third woman in history to win best director.

Oscars 2022 winners

Best Picture

Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain - The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Actor in a Leading Role
Will Smith - King Richard

Actress in a Supporting Role
Ariana DeBose - West Side Story

Actor in a Supporting Role
Troy Kotsur - Coda

Jane Campion - The Power of the Dog

Music (Original Song)
No Time To Die from No Time to Die - Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell

Documentary Feature
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
CODA - Siân Heder

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Belfast - Sir Kenneth Branagh

Costume Design
Cruella - Jenny Beavan

International Feature Film
Drive My Car (Japan)

Animated Feature Film

Visual Effects
Dune - Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer

Dune - Greig Fraser

Makeup and Hairstyling
The Eyes of Tammy Faye - Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh

Production Design
Dune - Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Zsuzsanna Sipos

Film Editing
Dune - Joe Walker

Music (Original Score)
Dune - Hans Zimmer

Live Action Short Film
The Long Goodbye - Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed

Animated Short Film
The Windshield Wiper - Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez

Documentary Short Subject
The Queen of Basketball - Ben Proudfoot

Best Sound
Dune - Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett