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While the Oscars train rolls, momentum is key.

Momentum is a fundamental law of physics that applies to the Oscar race. Oppenheimer possesses it. 

Writer-director Christopher Nolan thanked the critics in his Best Director winning speech at the Critics Choice Awards on Sunday, saying they had assisted "with convincing mainstream audiences that a film about quantum physics can be worth the time." 

Despite not winning every award, Universal's "Oppenheimer" took home eight, including Picture, Ensemble, and Supporting Actor (Robert Downey, Jr.) (see the complete Critics Choice winners list here). 

Irish actor Cillian Murphy, who took home the Globes for drama, lost to Paul Giamatti, the comedy winner for "The Holdovers" (Focus Features), whose co-star Da'Vine Joy Randolph once again won Supporting Actress. 

And the single victory for the MGM/Amazon family comedy/satire "American Fiction" went to rookie auteur Cord Jefferson for Adapted Screenplay.

Comedies had a good Sunday night. Emma Stone, who won a comedy Globe for her role in the movie "Poor Things," also repeated her triumph at the CCAs.

She beat out drama Globe winner Lily Gladstone, who looked stunning in blue, and Leonardo DiCaprio at the AppleTV+ "Killers of the Flower Moon" table.

Along with the dramatic Netflix debuts "May December," "Maestro," and "Rustin," "Killers" also returned empty-handed.

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