What You Missed on Hollywood’s Biggest Night: The Oscars

What You Missed on Hollywood’s Biggest Night: The Oscars

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Let’s roll the film back and recap Hollywood’s biggest night… The Oscars! The 2023 Oscars took place Sunday, March 12 at the Dolby Theatre. The 95th Oscars ceremony was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and televised live on ABC.


Daniel Scheinert (L) and US director Daniel Kwan (R) speak after winning the Oscar for Best Picture for "Everything Everywhere All at Once" onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards

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What are the Oscars?

For anyone unfamiliar with the ceremony, it is essentially a way to celebrate and bestow creative and technical excellence in the film industry. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences give out awards for categories such as Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Animated Feature, Best Cinematography, and much more! These awards are considered to be one of the highest honors in the entertainment world. A golden statuette, also known as an Oscar, is given to the winner of each category. Well-known celebrities present the awards. The awards are voted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a group constructed of more than 10,000 industry professionals. Divided into 17 branches, the Academy is composed of film artists working in the production of theatrically released motion pictures.


Notable Oscar Moments 

Beginning with a monologue from Jimmy Kimmel about last year’s incident about Will Smith slapping Chris Rock, there were many notable moments this year!

Actor Ke Huy Quan gives a heartfelt speech while getting emotional and accepting his award onstage. 

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One of the sweetest moments was when actor Ke Huy Quan, most known for his roles in “Indiana Jones” and “The Goonies,” received an award for his comeback role in “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” Inspired by the film Crazy Rich Asians, Quan decided to come out of retirement, and landed a role in “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” becoming the first Vietnam-born actor to win an Oscar.

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” dominated the competition, receiving 7 awards: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Editing, and Best Original Screenplay. Michelle Yeoh became the first Asian woman to receive an award for Best Actress in Oscar history.

Ke Huy Quan, Michelle Yeoh, Brendan Fraser, and Jamie Lee Curtis hold up their Oscar trophies.  

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A hot topic on social media started when actress Jamie Lee Curtis won Best Supporting Actress for “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” Many people expressed their discontent with the decision, stating their opinions on how actress Angela Bassett should have won for her role in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”

Dancers performance to “Naatu Naatu” from RRR, the Indian production nominated for Best Original Song. 

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Along with the awards there were also live performances! There was an energetic live performance of “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR,” the Indian production nominated for Best Original Song. Another musical number performed was “This is Life” from “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” Rihanna also delivered a powerful performance of “Lift Me Up” from the “”Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” soundtrack, as a tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman. The song was also nominated for Best Original Song. Lady Gaga also performed, singing “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick.”


Nomination Categories & Winners 

Best Picture

“Everything Everywhere All at Once”

Best Actor

Brendan Fraser for “The Whale
Best Actress

Michelle Yeoh for “Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Supporting Actor

Ke Huy Quan for “Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Supporting Actress

Jamie Lee Curtis for “Everything Everywhere All at Once”

Best Director

Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert for “Everything Everywhere All at Once”

The full list of winners is linked here!


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