96th Academy Awards: Robert Downey Jr wins his first Oscar for Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer

Christopher Nolan's acclaimed film, Oppenheimer, swept major awards at the 96th Academy Awards held on Sunday. Setting a new record and conquering the ceremony was Robert Downey Jr. He played the role of Admiral Lewis Strauss in the film and was lauded widely. The actor won his first Oscar trophy in the Best Supporting Actor category.

In his acceptance speech, Robert said, "I'd like to thank my terrible childhood and the Academy - in that order." He joked and added, "I'd like to thank my veterinarian - I meant wife - Susan Downey over there. She found me, a snarling rescue pet, and loved me back to life. That's why I am here. Thank you."

The actor continued, "Here's my little secret: I needed this job more than it needed me. Chris knew it, Emma made sure that she wrapped - surrounded me with one of the greatest cast and crews of all time. Emily, Cillian, Matt Damon... It was fantastic and I stand here before you a better man because of it. You know, what we do is meaningful, and the stuff that we decide to make is important."

Robert signed off by thanking his stylist, publicist and entertainment lawyer. He joked that his attorney of 40 years spent half of it "trying to get me insured and bailing me out."