Kenneth Branagh is finally an Oscar winner, winning Best Original Screenplay for Belfast at the 2022 Oscars on Sunday.
Branagh had received eight nominations in his career prior to the ceremony, and his semi-autobiographical film, which he also directed, earned seven nominations. His first career nominations came for Best Actor and Best Director for 1989 Henry V.
“This story is the search for joy and hope in the face of violence and loss,” Branagh said of Belfast from the scene. “We’ve lost people along the way: Johnny Sessions, [star Jamie Dornan’s father] Jim Dornan, Lea Newman. We miss them; we love them; we will never forget them. And we will never forget all those lost in the heartbreaking, heartwarming and human history of this incredible city of Belfast on the fabulous island of Ireland.
Also nominated in the category Don’t look up, King Richard, Licorice Pizza and The worst person in the world. The award was presented by Juno’s Jennifer Garner, Elliot Page and JK Simmons to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their film, which won the Oscar in this category.
BelfastThe script has already won the Golden Globe and the Critics Choice Award. However, the category was considered difficult to predict, as Don’t look upThe screenplay was the top pick at the Writers Guild Awards, while Licorice pizzaHis screenplay won the BAFTA Award.
Branagh’s screenplay centers on 9-year-old Buddy (Jude Hill) who navigates life with his family during the turbulent 1960s in the titular Irish town. Dornan, Caitríona Balfe, Judi Dench and Ciarán Hinds round out the cast; Dench was nominated for supporting actress at the 2022 Oscars, while Hinds landed a supporting actor nomination.
After picking up the names for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay this year for Belfast (he was also nominated for Best Director), Branagh became the first person to be nominated for seven different individual Oscar categories in total during his career.