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Cillian Murphy claims he'd be an 'eejit' not to enjoy Oppenheimer Oscar moment

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Oscar-nominated actor Cillian Murphy has admitted that he has struggled with being in the spotlight, but will be trying to enjoy the Academy Awards ceremony next month.The Irish star has been nominated for his first Oscar for Christopher Nolan’s epic historical film Oppenheimer, and will face stiff competition for the best actor prize, where he goes head-to-head with other leading men, including Maestro’s Bradley Cooper.He has won a Golden Globe for his role as J Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the Atomic bomb, and has been nominated for a Bafta.

The movie itself has received a whopping 13 Oscars nods.Murphy – also known for horror film 28 Days Later, thriller Red Eye, and playing Tommy Shelby in hit BBC crime series Peaky Blinders – is often not forthcoming about his private life and has spoken about finding red carpets “challenging”.He was asked by Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs about how he will deal with being out of his comfort zone at the Oscars.The Cork-born actor, 47, said: “I have struggled with it in the past and you know, it’s not something I’m ever totally at ease with – but I think you have to, like, choose to enjoy it and I think you can do that in your brain, just make that alteration and it’s easier then.“I’ll have my wife and my kids with me, and that’s been lovely… and you’d be an eejit not to enjoy it, just go with it, that’s my attitude.”He also said that having his wife, the visual artist Yvonne McGuinness, by his side has been “crucial” to feeling grounded as the “sort of ancillary aspect of being an actor is quite challenging”.Murphy also said: “To have a really secure solid base (with fame) is important.

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