Highlights from the 95th Academy Awards:
- Living up to many predictions, "Everything Everywhere All at Once" took home seven Academy Awards on Sunday night, including best picture and best director. Michelle Yeoh also won for best actress. Early winners for the night included Ke Huy Quan for best supporting actor and Jamie Lee Curtis for best supporting actress. The film came in strong with 11 nominations.
- It shaped up to be a strong night for South Asian artists and filmmakers, as well. "Naatu Naatu" from "RRR" won for best song, propelling us from our seats for a little dance break. And the Indian documentary "The Elephant Whisperers" won for best documentary short.
- Highlights of the night included Lady Gaga delivering an emotional and stripped-down "Hold My Hand," the song from "Top Gun: Maverick." Rihanna, fresh off a pregnancy reveal at the Super Bowl, also topped the night with a powerful performance of "Lift Me Up" from "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever."
- Jimmy Kimmel was back for a third time as the host. As usual, his jokes were a little hit-or-miss, with zingers that took aim at everything from Nicole Kidman's AMC commercial to George Santos.
NBC News' live coverage of the event has ended.
Where to watch 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' and other Oscar-winning films
"Everything Everywhere All at Once," which won seven Oscars, is available on Showtime, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV and Hulu. It's also still running in some theaters.
Netflix is home to several of the winners, including "All Quiet on the Western Front," which won four Oscars, and "Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio," which took home best animated feature. "The Elephant Whisperers," which won best documentary short, and "RRR" are both also streaming on Netflix.
"The Whale," which won two Oscars, is available for rent or purchase on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Vudu and Google Play.
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," which won one Oscar, is available on Disney+.
"Avatar: The Way of Water," which won one Oscar, is still in theaters. It will eventually be available to stream on Disney+ and for purchase or to rent on other streamers.
"Top Gun: Maverick," which won one Oscar, is available to watch on Paramount+ and Epix Now.
"Women Talking," which one won one Oscar, is available for rent or purchase on Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Vudu.
Viewers point out in memoriam segment left out a few names
The academy posts a full list of artists and filmmakers who died in the past year on its Oscars website.
But on Sunday night, many viewers noticed a few well-known names were missing during the in memoriam segment.
Among those noted as missing: Anne Heche, Tom Sizemore, Paul Sorvino, Charlbi Dean and Leslie Jordan.
Here's a link to the full video of the segment.
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Michelle Yeoh calls for global support of women and girls in New York Times op-ed
The morning after her historic Oscars win for best actress, Michelle Yeoh called for global support for women and girls in the wake of disasters.
In an essay published in The New York Times, Yeoh — a United Nations Development Program goodwill ambassador — wrote, "If I can do one thing with this moment of my professional joy, it would be to point the spotlight on those who all too often go unacknowledged, the women who are rebuilding their communities, taking care of children and older people and putting food on the table."
Yeoh wrote of being in Nepal in April 2015 at the time of an earthquake that killed at least 8,000 people. She said the recent devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria — which killed an estimated 54,000 people, according to The Associated Press — reminded her of that experience, and she called for global support for women affected.
Studies Yeoh cited show that women are hit particularly hard by natural disasters, and Yeoh noted they are at increased rates of hunger and sexual violence and assault.
"What I have learned through my work with U.N.D.P. is that realizing these global goals will be possible only if we achieve true gender equality, everywhere, and in all aspects of life — especially in times of crisis — and in anticipation of the next disaster," Yeoh wrote.
German officials celebrate 'huge success' of 'All Quiet on the Western Front'
BERLIN — Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Monday expressed pride that the German antiwar movie “All Quiet on the Western Front” won four Oscars including best international film.
“Congratulations on four Oscars!” Scholz tweeted. “It is a huge success for the German film, one can be rightly proud of it,” the German chancellor added. “Especially in these difficult times, it shows unmistakably how terrible and inhumane war is.”
The Netflix film starring Austrian actor Felix Kammerer, which was directed and co-written by Edward Berger, also won for cinematography, production design and original score Sunday night.
“With four Oscars, ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ sets an unprecedented record for German film,” said Germany’s state minister for culture and media, Claudia Roth. “It will bring German film worldwide attention and give it new significance.”
The film is based on the classic 1929 novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque. Set during World War I, it follows the life of a young German soldier who enlists in the army with his friends. But the realities of war shatter his hopes of becoming a hero and he focuses on his own survival.
Ruth E. Carter made history as the first Black woman to win two Oscars
Ruth E. Carter made history Sunday night when she won the Oscar for best costume design for her work on “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”: She became the first Black woman to win two Oscars, according to The Associated Press.
Carter won her first Oscar in 2019, for her work on the original "Black Panther" film. She was also nominated in the past for her work on Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” and Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad."
Sound mixer Russell Williams II was the first Black person to win two Oscars, according to Variety, which noted that he won the best sound award for both “Dances With Wolves” and “Glory.” Actors Denzel Washington and Mahershala Ali, both Black men, have also each won two Oscars, according to Variety.
Carter dedicated her second Oscar to her mother, Mabel Carter, who she said died last week, at 101 years old. Carter also said she shares her award "with many dedicated artists whose hands and hearts helped manifest the costumes of Wakanda and Talokan."
Guillermo del Toro first to win best picture, best director and best animated feature
Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is the first person to win best picture, best director and best animated feature at the Oscars, according to Netflix.
"Pinocchio marks del Toro’s seventh Academy Award nomination and his third win," Tudum, the official companion site to Netflix, said. "In 2018 del Toro took home Oscars for best picture and best director for The Shape of Water; he’s the first person in history to win picture, director and animated feature."
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'We have won as Indian Cinema,' Ram Charan says
“RRR" star Ram Charan has hailed the film's Oscar win for best original song as a victory for Indian cinema and for the entire nation.
“We have won!! We have won as Indian Cinema!! We won as a country!! The Oscar Award is coming home!" the actor exclaimed in a tweet, sharing a statement on the Oscar win.
"RRR is and always will remain as the most special film of our lives and of Indian Cinema history," he said in the statement. "I can't thank everyone enough for manifesting the Oscar Award. It still feels like I am living in a dream."
The actor described "Naatu Naatu," the award-winning song, as "an emotion across the globe." The Oscar, he said, "belongs to every Indian actor, technician and film goer."
Malala Yousafzai shares heartwarming post on meeting 'royalty' Rihanna
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai shared a photo of a touching moment during the Oscars ceremony, where she met Rihanna in the crowd.
Both the education advocate and the singer can be seen beaming as they greet each other in the photo, which Yousafzai shared in an Instagram story.
"Always love meeting royalty," she said in a caption, followed by three crown emojis.
Halle Bailey 'crying' tears of joy after 'The Little Mermaid' trailer debuts
Halle Bailey, who plays Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of "The Little Mermaid," said the chance to debut the film's full trailer at the Oscars left her in tears of joy.
"I'm crying and I'm late," she said in a tweet, with crying and heart emojis. "But I can't believe we got to debut the full little mermaid trailer," she added.
Bailey and Melissa McCarthy, who plays Ursula in the widely anticipated film, presented the trailer at the awards ceremony.
Watch highlights from his acceptance speech for best supporting actor below.
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Oscars 2023: Full list of winners
Here is the full list of winners:
- Best picture: “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
- Best actress: Michelle Yeoh, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
- Best actor: Brendan Fraser, “The Whale”
- Best director: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
- Best original song: M.M. Keeravaani and Chandrabose, “Naatu Naatu" from “RRR”
- Best documentary feature: “Navalny”
- Best adapted screenplay: Sarah Polley, “Women Talking”
- Best original screenplay: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
- Best costume design: Ruth Carter, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
- Best international feature: “All Quiet on the Western Front” (Germany)
- Best supporting actor: Ke Huy Quan, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
- Best animated feature: “Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio”
- Best visual effects: Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham, Eric Saindon and Daniel Barrett, “Avatar: The Way of Water”
- Best cinematography: James Friend, “All Quiet on the Western Front”
- Best supporting actress: Jamie Lee Curtis, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
- Best film editing: Paul Rogers, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
- Best score: Volker Bertelmann, “All Quiet on the Western Front”
- Best sound: Mark Weingarten, James Mather, Al Nelson, Chris Burdon and Mark Taylor, “Top Gun: Maverick”
- Best production design: Christian M. Goldbeck and Ernestine Hipper, “All Quiet on the Western Front”
- Best makeup and hairstyling: Adrien Morot, Judy Chin and Annemarie Bradley, “The Whale”
- Best documentary (short subject): “The Elephant Whisperers”
- Best short (animated): “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse”
- Best short film (live action): “An Irish Goodbye”
Who won the most Oscars?
Here's a tally of how many statuettes films took home Sunday:
- "Everything Everywhere All at Once": Seven
- "All Quiet on the Western Front": Four
- "The Whale": Two
- "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever": One
- "Avatar: The Way of Water": One
- "Top Gun: Maverick": One
- "RRR": One
- "Women Talking": One
- "Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio": One
"The Banshees of Inisherin," which scored nine Oscar nods, took home zero awards Sunday.
"Elvis," "The Fabelmans," "Tár," "Babylon" and "Triangle of Sadness" also went home empty-handed.
How many Oscars did 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' win?
"Everything Everywhere All at Once" took home seven Oscars out of the 11 categories it was nominated in: best picture, best director, best actress, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, best original screenplay and film editing.
It marked an overall big night for A24, the film's distributor. The company was also behind "The Whale," which took home two awards. Brendan Fraser won for best actor, while Adrien Morot, Judy Chin and Annemarie Bradley won for best hair and makeup.
And after 3 hours and roughly 36 minutes, that's a wrap on the 95th Academy Awards!
"Sorry we went a little long," host Jimmy Kimmel joked.
‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ wins Oscar for best picture
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” has won the Academy Award for best picture.
The A24 film, which earned a total of 11 Oscar nods, more than any other film this year, beat out nine other nominees in the category, including the critically acclaimed films “Tár,” “The Banshees of Inisherin” and “Women Talking.”
The film, which has a predominantly Asian cast, tells the kooky story of an immigrant family at the center of a potential multiverse collapse. It has earned high praise from the Asian diaspora and beyond for its unique yet emotional take on intergenerational tension and trauma.
The film has dominated this awards season, picking up dozens of accolades, including best picture at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and Critics Choice Awards, best feature at the Independent Spirit Awards and best ensemble at the SAG Awards.
After Michelle Yeoh was named best actress, the whole cast hugged in a most adorable expression of affection.
She mentioned that her mother, who's 84, is watching from Malaysia. What a big night for moms.
Honestly, I'm over here cheering the same way I was shouting about generational trauma all throughout "Everything Everywhere All at Once."
"Ladies, don't let anybody ever tell you you're past your prime," Yeoh told a rapt audience. (By which I mean me.)
The Brenaissance continues.
Brendan Fraser got emotional during his acceptance speech for best actor in his role in "The Whale."
"Gentlemen, you laid your whale-sized hearts bare so we could see into your souls like no one else could do," Fraser said in his speech while tearing up. "And it is my honor to be nominated in this category."
Michelle Yeoh wins best actress for ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’
The best actress Oscar goes to Michelle Yeoh for her performance as a frazzled laundromat owner who traverses the multiverse in Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s genre-twisting hit “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
Yeoh is a veteran of Hong Kong and Hollywood cinema who rose to fame as an action hero and gained an international following in popular films such as “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
In recent years, Yeoh co-starred in the blockbusters “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” an entry in the sprawling Marvel franchise. She earned some of the best reviews of her career for “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
She previously won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her work in the movie.
As we neared the 3½ hour mark, Kimmel's jokes were entering political territory.
"The last directing team to win an Oscar was Congressman George Santos," he quipped.
Brendan Fraser wins best actor for ‘The Whale’
The best actor Oscar goes to Brendan Fraser for his emotionally searing performance as a 600-pound writing instructor reckoning with regret in Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” — a role that earned him the best reviews of his career even as the film drew accusations of fatphobia.
"Gentlemen, you laid your whale-sized hearts bare so we could see into your souls like no one else could do, and it is my honor to be nominated in this category," he said of his fellow nominees.
Fraser’s victory represents a remarkable comeback for an actor who dominated multiplexes in the late 1990s and the 2000s with box-office hits like “The Mummy” but stepped away from the limelight in recent years as he grappled with personal and professional challenges. In the lead-up to the Oscars, some admirers dubbed his career resurgence “the Brenaissance.”
He previously took home the prize for best male actor in a motion picture at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, known as The Daniels, gave another shoutout to mothers during their acceptance speech for best director.
"We want to dedicate this to all the mommies in the world," Scheinert said. We noted earlier that many winners tonight have shouted out their mothers during their acceptance speeches.
Scheinert also thanked his parents as well for encouraging his creativity.
They ended the speech by encouraging the creativity of others who want make art.
"There is greatness in every single person," Kwan said. "You have genius that is waiting to erupt."
Three hours and 20 minutes later and there are still three categories left ... Hollywood seems to be making longer movies and even longer awards shows about movies.
Daniel Scheinert said "drag is a threat to nobody" in his speech accepting the award for best director alongside his co-director, Daniel Kwan, referring to recent state bills to ban drag performances.
'Everything Everywhere All at Once' wins best editing
"Everything Everywhere All at Once" has some of the strangest, most intense quick edits, in which the audience is pulled through every multiverse imaginable — including googly-eyed rocks. So it's no wonder the film won for best editing this evening.
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert win best directing Oscar for ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’
The best director Oscar goes to Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — the filmmaking duo known simply as “Daniels” — for the genre-twisting sci-fi smash “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
Kwan and Scheinert are first-time nominees and winners who broke into the cultural mainstream last year with “Everything Everywhere,” which stars Michelle Yeoh as an exhausted laundromat owner who discovers the mysteries of the multiverse.
The filmmakers previously co-directed “Swiss Army Man,” an absurdist fable co-starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe. Scheinert also directed the independent drama “The Death of Dick Long.”
In the 94-year history of the Academy Awards, only two other filmmaking duos have won the directing Oscar: Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, for the original adaptation of “West Side Story,” and brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, for “No Country for Old Men.”
'Naatu Naatu' takes best original song
The hit song "Naatu Naatu" from "RRR" took the Oscar for best original song, marking a huge victory for South Indian cinema on the global stage. It's the first song from an Indian film to win in the category.
Composer M. M. Keeravani sang his acceptance speech to the tune of one of his childhood favorite songs.
“I grew up listening to the Carpenters, now here I am with the Oscars," he said before beginning to sing to the tune "I'm on the Top of the World." "There was only one wish on my mind...”
A Telugu-language banger, "Naatu Naatu" rocketed to viral fame on TikTok last year, bringing international attention to the now-blockbuster movie.
John Travolta returned to the Oscars stage to introduce the "In Memoriam" segment. The actor teared up reflecting on the loss of "Grease" co-star Olivia Newton-John.
“We remain hopelessly devoted to you," he said, a reference to the hit song.
With Lenny Kravitz playing the song “Calling All Angels,” this portion of the night always serves as a moment to take a breath during an otherwise frantic evening. Rest in peace to all those honored.
NBC News' liveblog crew is pausing momentarily for a mini dance party as we celebrate the best song win for "Naatu Naatu" from "RRR."
'Top Gun: Maverick' wins Oscar for best sound
It's a win for "Top Gun: Maverick" and its zooming fighter jets.
The film took home the Oscar for best sound.
Andrew Garfield and Florence Pugh presented the awards for best screenplay and best adapted screenplay.
One thing the Brits excel at is playing Americans. Accent where?
Sarah Polley took home a best screenplay Oscar for "Women Talking." Her acceptance speech was decidedly feminist, and she spoke about the film's tackling "radical acts of democracy."
Polley also made an emotional promise to her children, based on the last line of the movie. "Your story will be different from ours," she proclaimed.
I'm not crying, you're crying.
Best original screenplay goes to 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'
Hot dog fingers win again!
"Everything Everywhere All at Once" won the award for best original screenplay.
"My imposter syndrome is at an all-time high," co-director Daniel Kwan joked as he accepted the award.
Rihanna performed “Lift Me Up,” a moving ballad paying homage to the life of the late actor Chadwick Boseman.
The Oscar-nominated song, which marked her long-anticipated return to the music world, is featured in the soundtrack of the sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
Boseman's "legacy will live on for future generations," Danai Gurira said as she introduced the song.
Writing collaborators singer Tems and director Ryan Coogler were also at the Oscars.
Everyone, naturally, gave RiRi a standing ovation.
Malala Yousafzai shut down Kimmel after he tried to ask the Nobel Peace Prize winner, "Do you think Harry Styles spat on Chris Pine?" (a reference to the viral Venice Film Festival moment).
Her answer was perfectly composed. "I only talk about peace." Queen behavior!
First we were graced by the presence of a donkey; now we get "cocaine bear." Well, a poor man's version. Backstage might be approaching a scene from Noah's Ark at this rate.
Elizabeth Banks, who directed the film "Cocaine Bear," presented the visual effects award Sunday alongside a person in a bear costume, which resembled a "Masked Singer" getup.
“Without visual effects, 'Cocaine Bear' would probably have been some actor in a bear suit, probably on cocaine," Banks joked.
The two best times to thank your mom: on Mother's Day and at the Oscars.
Volker Bertelmann was the latest winner who thanked his mom on the stage after he won the Oscar for best original score for "All Quiet on the Western Front."
Gotta show love to the mommas!
'All Quiet on the Western Front' wins two more Oscars
"All Quiet on the Western Front" scooped up two more Oscars, for best production design and score.
The film's haunting, electric-sounding score has been all over platforms like TikTok in the lead-up to the Oscars.
The Netflix film has now picked up four Oscars tonight.
It's just past 10 p.m. ET now. Do you think they'll be done by 11?
Truly, this is what we're all asking by this point in the awards show.
Oh, wait, it's only past 7 p.m. in Los Angeles. Uh oh.
Hugh Grant came out swinging with a joke about the importance of ... using moisturizer. He credited his co-presenter, Andie MacDowell, with using one every day, whereas he's never used one, making him look like, well, a scrotum.
But seriously, a good moisturizer is key, as many of us on staff discuss nearly daily.
"The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse," a touching film with more than 100 animators, won best animated short. The film was created during the pandemic and follows the four unlikely friends on their journey to find home.
Removing her gown and makeup, Lady Gaga performed a stripped-down version of "Hold My Hand" from "Top Gun: Maverick."
Ahead of the performance, Gaga said: "We all need a hero sometimes. ... You might find that you can be your own hero, even if you feel broken inside."
We have absolutely no choice but to stan Mother Monster.
The Indian film "The Elephant Whisperers" won for best documentary short film, amping up what's been an exciting night for South Asian representation.
Pedro Pascal, the internet's favorite daddy, presented the award for best documentary short.
If you're watching him right now, it probably means you haven't tuned into "The Last of Us" season finale, which premiered at 9 p.m. ET.
I'm turning HBO on ASAP after this.
Jimmy Kimmel has now made four Oscars slap jokes, and we still have a lot of categories to go.
“This point in the show kind of makes you miss the slapping," he joked.
'All Quiet on the Western Front' wins best international feature film
"All Quiet on the Western Front" snagged the award for best foreign film. It is also nominated for best picture.
Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek presented the award for best international feature film, not only charming us with their accents but also delivering a low-key "Spy Kids" reunion.
The performance of "Naatu Naatu" from "RRR" was, in one word, electric. If it takes home the award, it would be the first Tollywood song to snag best song.
The number ended with the audience on its feet giving the performers a standing ovation.
It's about time Hollywood goes wild for actress Deepika Padukone, the Bollywood icon we South Asians have been obsessed with for years. She was stunning in a vintage-looking black dress as she introduced the viral hit "Naatu Naatu" from the Telugu movie "RRR." Swoon.
Ruth Carter gave an emotional acceptance speech after she won for best costume design for "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," thanking her mother.
"This past week Mabel Carter became an ancestor. This film prepared me for this moment," she said.
She also paid tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman.
"Please take care of Mom," she said, as we all sat in front of the screen crying.
Jenny the donkey, one of the stars of "The Banshees Of Inisherin," made a cameo at the Oscars.
After a commercial break, host Kimmel graced the stage with a donkey he said actors can use as emotional support.
“Let’s get you back on that Spirit Airlines flight now, huh?”
A sizzle reel tribute to 100 years of Warner Bros. films features the studio's water tank logo. And I'm dating myself again, but it just makes me think of “The Animaniacs.” The water tank famously was home to Yakko, Wakko and Dot.
'The Whale' wins for best hair and makeup
"The Whale" won for best hair and makeup.
The artists were able to transform Brendan Fraser, who played the lead character, Charlie, into a 600-pound recluse while still allowing him to express his full range of emotions.
Actor Donnie Yen faced backlash on the road to becoming an Oscars presenter over his previous comments opposing the 2019 pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
“It wasn’t a protest, okay, it was a riot," Yen told GQ. "I’m not going to be here talking about how to change how people feel about it."
Thousands signed a petition asking the academy to remove him as a presenter. But he still took the stage tonight.
Hot dog fingers make Oscars appearance
The hot dog fingers from "Everything Everywhere All at Once" are in the building.
The song "This Is a Life" was performed live by “Talking Heads” lead singer David Byrne and actor Stephanie Hsu on the Dolby Theatre stage.
That's where Byrne whipped out the hog dog fingers. I hope we spot them again tonight.
'All Quiet On the Western Front' wins best cinematography
"All Quiet On the Western Front" took home the award for best cinematography.
The film is a stunning portrayal of wartime tragedy. But, is it just me or does it seem like a war movie always has to win something at the Oscars?
Jonathan Majors and Michael B. Jordan may be our favorite presenter duo so far.
And it's not just because Jordan said "Hey, auntie" to give props to Angela Bassett before they announced the winner for cinematography. (Although that does have something to do with it.)
It’s official, all the millennials watching will be singing show tunes from “The Little Mermaid” for the rest of the night. Le poisson, le poisson, anyone?
Our burning question: Who’s going to play Sebastian? Google tells us that our favorite li'l crab will be played by Daveed Diggs. Whew.
The Disney-ABC corporate synergy is strong.
During the Oscars telecast, Halle Bailey and Melissa McCarthy introduced a new trailer for the upcoming live-action "The Little Mermaid."
The trailer featured what appeared to be the "Under the Sea" scene, Bailey singing "Part of You World," and McCarthy's Ursula among other new first looks.
The room erupted in song to wish actor James Martin a happy birthday after he won an Oscar for live action short film for "An Irish Goodbye."
Best birthday present ever?
'Navalny' wins best documentary
The documentary about the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny won for best documentary. The filmmakers shared searing political commentary, quoting Navalny's criticism of Vladimir Putin.
Navalny remains incarcerated in Russia.
“My husband is in prison just for telling the truth. My husband is in prison just for defending democracy," Navalny's wife said. "Alexei, I’m dreaming of the day you will be free and our country will be free. Stay strong, my love."
The real winners tonight are all of us thirsting over Riz Ahmed, presenting the award for best documentary film. In an unbuttoned pink shirt and jacket, his outfit deviated from the classic men's Oscars look ... and we lived for it.
ICYMI: Kimmel brings the slap joke count to three. As he announced the presenters for the best documentary category, he quipped:
“Please keep your hands together and then keep them to yourself."
That performance from Diane Warren and Sofia Carson felt ... for lack of a better word, performative.
Black Twitter is not happy about Angela Bassett's loss to Jamie Lee Curtis for best supporting actress.
Bassett was nominated for her performance in her role as Queen Ramonda in "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever."
Some Oscars viewers appeared to be unhappy about the news, tweeting that they feel Bassett was snubbed.
She "DESERVED BETTER," a user wrote.
Jamie Lee Curtis thanking everyone and saying "We just won an Oscar together" is really giving us Oprah "And you get a car!" energy.
Jamie Lee Curtis wins best supporting actress for ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’
Jamie Lee Curtis won her first Academy Award tonight for best supporting actress for her role as Deidre Beaubeirdre in “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
"I am hundreds of people," Curtis said, thanking many others, including her husband, Christopher Guest, and her children. "We just won an Oscar together!"
Curtis was nominated for the first time alongside her castmate Stephanie Hsu, who played the roles of Joy Wang and Jobu Tupaki in the film. The film has been nominated for a whopping 11 Oscars tonight.
Curtis previously thanked Michelle Yeoh for her nomination in an interview with Variety’s “Awards Circuit Podcast,” saying, “Michelle Yeoh is the reason that for the rest of my life, you will say, ‘Oscar-nominated actress Jamie Lee Curtis.’”
We couldn't hold back our emotions when Ke Huy Quan took the stage to accept his award for best supporting actor. Through tears, he acknowledged his mom and family.
“My mom is 84 years old," he said. "And she’s at home watching. Mom, I just won an Oscar.”
Quan says he's been waiting for this moment.
"This is the American dream."
Everyone, everywhere all at once sobbing: the Oscars 2023 story.
Ke Huy Quan wins best supporting actor for ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’
The best supporting actor Oscar goes to Ke Huy Quan for his performance as a harried husband who turns a fanny pack into a lethal weapon in Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
Quan got his start as a child actor in the 1980s blockbusters “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “The Goonies.” He later took a break from acting in part because he found it hard to find roles for Asian men.
“When those opportunities dried up, I spent a long time trying to convince myself that I didn’t like acting anymore,” Quan told New York Magazine in 2022. “I didn’t want to step away with the feeling that it was because there were no opportunities. I was lying to myself.”
Quan’s supporting performance in “Everything Everywhere” reminded viewers of his natural on-screen charm and infectious energy, earning him the best reviews of his career. He previously nabbed a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his work in the movie.
Andrew Garfield's confused cringe/grin after Kimmel called him Spider-Man is currently the front-runner for meme of the night.
ICYMI: Kimmel told future award winners that if they go on for too long during their acceptance speeches, they will have a very intense song to usher them off the stage.
"Instead we have a group of performers from the group of 'RRR' who are going to dance you off stage," he said before calling the Tollywood film Bollywood.
Let's see if that actually happens.
'Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio' wins first award of the night
"Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio" took the first prize of the night, for best animated feature film. (Sorry to Marcel the Shell).
"Animation is ready to be taken to the next step. We are all ready for it. ... Keep animation in the conversation," del Toro said as he accepted the award.
We're keeping track, and so far, the slap jokes/references are at two.
"If anyone commits a crime, maybe they'll be awarded best actor," Kimmel joked in his monologue.
It's been six years since #OscarsSoWhite. Kimmel said what we were all thinking about notable snubs that raise questions about whether diversity among nominees has improved.
Kimmel gave a shout-out to "Till" and "The Woman King," which were not nominated.
The films are "very worthy of your time, if you haven't seen them," he said.
While praising "Top Gun: Maverick" as the movie that saved movies, Kimmel cracked a Scientology joke.
The shirtless beach football scene? He was like, "L. Ron Hubba Hubba."
Alert: The first “the slap” joke has happened. It was inevitable.
“Five Irish actors are nominated tonight, which means the odds of another fight on stage just went way up,” Kimmel said.
Kimmel just pronounced Rihanna's name correctly!
Can't believe he was among the first to actually do it.
This feels like Kimmel's millionth time hosting — he’s just chatting with the audience at this point.
Jimmy Kimmel addressed the elephant in the room by mentioning the weight loss medication Ozempic.
"When I look around this room, I can’t help but think, 'Is Ozempic right for me?'" he said.
Jimmy Kimmel's on fire already with his quip about Nicole Kidman's AMC ad.
“I’m glad to see that Nicole Kidman has finally been released from that abandoned AMC," he joked. "It's good to have you back, Nicole, and thank you for encourage people who were already at the movie theater to go to the movie theater."
"Nope," "Turning Red," "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" and "Top Gun: Maverick" are some of this year's movies I spotted in the opening Oscars montage. What a tribute to this year's films.
Host Jimmy Kimmel "flew" in to Oscars on Sunday by inserting himself into a scene from "Top Gun: Maverick" and then walking onto the stage in a parachute.
"Give me a second to adjust my danger zone here. My banshees are caught in my Inisherin right now," he joked.
Shohreh Aghdashloo pays tribute to Iranian women
Actor Shohreh Aghdashloo paid tribute to the women of Iran with her stunning dress on the red carpet.
Cate Blanchett is in the house! While she's "buzzing off of everyone’s excitement,” she told pre-show hosts on the carpet that she tries to make the Oscars “like any other day.”
T-minus 10 minutes till showtime!
Presenters on the carpet keep complimenting guests in black tuxedos and suits as looking "classic" and "timeless," because what else can you say about a really nicely tailored suit?
If your socials are anything like mine, there's one man who keeps coming up: Pedro Pascal.
He addressed his popularity on the carpet: “A heart throb? really? Well, thank you. I don’t know how it feels.” He also claimed that he doesn't have a TikTok account, which has some of us suspicious.
Fans of the internet's favorite daddy have a tough choice to make tonight. Watch his live appearance on the Oscars stage or catch him in the finale episode of "The Last of Us"?
Whichever you choose, no spoilers from me. And, yes, it's because I'm too scared to watch "The Last of Us" by myself.
Nicole Kidman came to this place (Dolby Theatre) to laugh, to cry. Heartbreak feels good in a place like the Oscars.
Michelle Yeoh has arrived and is wearing a stunning Dior gown.
Best supporting actor nominee Ke Huy Quan has arrived and is characteristically buoyant.
Quan, who is nominated for his performance in "Everything Everywhere All at Once," said he's most looking forward to being at the Dolby Theatre with his fellow nominees, particularly his former director Steven Spielberg.
"What an amazing year this is," he said.
South Asians everywhere are melting for Deepika Padukone, the Bollywood icon who is bringing vintage glamor to the ceremony tonight.
Padukone will be presenting an award tonight!
Questlove and his famous Crocs are back for this year's carpet after he got everyone talking at 2021's Oscars.
He took a turn from his eye-catching golden pair two years ago, however. His comfy shoes are black and understated this time around. Can't wait to see what color he sports around 30 Rock.
Hugh Grant gave some adorably vague and abrupt answers on the champagne carpet. But you know what, that's fine because of two things:
First, his cameo as Benoit Blanc's partner in "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery" was delightful.
Second, "Paddington 2," which nearly half of the grown men in my life love. Including Grant himself.
Is Ana de Armas paying a subtle tribute to Marilyn Monroe with a dress resembling her "Blonde" character's "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" gown?
Either way, the first-time nominee is glowing.
Angela Bassett is the first actor to be receive an Oscar nomination for a Marvel movie — worth noting given that some of Hollywood's biggest names have looked down on the superhero genre.
Martin Scorsese previously compared superhero films as akin to theme parks.
Quentin Tarantino also previously said that the actors in Marvel films aren't real movie stars. Simu Liu hit back:
“If the only gatekeepers to movie stardom came from Tarantino and Scorsese, I would never have had the opportunity to lead a $400 million plus movie,” Liu tweeted. “I am in awe of their filmmaking genius. They are transcendent auteurs. But they don’t get to point their nose at me or anyone.”
T-minus 35 minutes until the show starts, and I am, once again, asking the age-old question: Where is Lady Gaga?
I have no idea why, but Bill Nighy has a little toy rabbit on the champagne carpet.
We will update this post with more information as it becomes available.
"RRR" star N.T. Rama Rao Jr. is killing it in a traditional Indian kurta. The black tunic is bejeweled with the image of a tiger, reminding fans of his iconic tiger-fighting scene in the Telugu movie.
The mug is part of Jonathan Majors's brand now, and he explained in the pre-show why he carries a small cup around with him everywhere.
“I’ve been doing it since I left my mother’s house when I was around 18,” Majors said on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” explaining that he has around four cups he alternates among.
Majors said his mom gave him a meaningful piece of advice growing up that has stayed with him as he’s found success as an actor.
“My mom’s a pastor, and she was very clear about safety. She would say, ‘No drinking, no drugs, no sex,’ every time I left the house.”
“This has happened my entire life,” he added. “But the drinking was a thing, and she’d always say, ‘So baby, watch your cup. Watch your glass.’ And I kept that in mind.”
American Sign Language interpreters were on the carpet, too, with one providing a translation as "Everything Everywhere All at Once" supporting actress Stephanie Hsu spoke with Lilly Singh.
"The interpreter team includes Topher González Ávila, April Jackson-Woodard, Jordan Lopez, and Jonathan Webb, coordinated in collaboration with LaVant Consulting, Inc.," the academy said.
Paul Mescal, who is up for best actor for his role in “Aftersun,” became the internet’s crush after Hulu’s “Normal People” was released in 2020. This awards season, he continued to steal our hearts.
While he was shooting “Aftersun,” Mescal surprised his 13-year-old co-star, Frankie Corio (who plays his daughter), with a personalized birthday video message from singer Olivia Rodrigo. A video of the moment, posted Thursday by Corio’s mother, Leona Corio, went viral.
Mescal’s family’s reaction to his Oscar nod also went viral after his sister tweeted their mother was getting ready to undergo chemotherapy.
“There’s stuff going on at home that is difficult, and this has given my family a very welcome respite and something that I never thought that my job and something that I love very dearly could do,” he told the BBC after the nomination. “And, yeah, we’re going to have a great time as a family. They’re all coming out to L.A. in a couple of weeks.”
Best actor nominee Austin Butler brought his "Elvis" voice to the Oscars.
He previously claimed to be "ditching" it, but it appears not quite yet.
It was most apparent when he replied "That's funny" in the most mundane voice imaginable to an interviewer's question on the carpet.
Will it-girl Zendaya show up tonight? We hope so! Carpets aren't the same without her there serving looks.
Angela Bassett really did the thing in a stunning and regal purple dress only fit for the queen of Wakanda.
"The Little Mermaid" star Halle Bailey slayed on the carpet in a bright teal ballgown-style dress. The gown was paired with diamond jewelry.
On Twitter, users were buzzing about how Bailey, 22, truly looks like a Disney princess.
Can't wait for the film's trailer to drop tonight.
Jason Grosboll, aka TikTok's viral popcorn guy, is twirling buckets in the Dolby Theatre.
Grosboll went viral this year after videos of him layering butter into twirling buckets of popcorn at Century 16 theaters in Corpus Christi, Texas, were shared on TikTok.
Asked what his favorite film of last year was, he replied, "Everything Everywhere All at Once."
Malala is just like us — she loves RiRi.
Chatting with ABC pre-show host Lilly Singh, Malala Yousafzai said she’s fan-girling over Rihanna at the Oscars.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen to me," she said of seeing her perform live.
Sarah Polley rolled up to the pre-show wearing a sharp suit and flat shoes. She told ABC it's because she doesn't like being cold or having sore feet. Who among us, honestly.
Polley is up for best adapted screenplay for her film "Women Talking," and she used phrases like "radical democracy" when she talked to ABC about it.
James Hong, who stars in "Everything, Everywhere All at Once," rocked a bow tie with googly eyes on the carpet.
If you've seen the film, you know the significance of googly eyes. A24, the studio that distributed the film, even sold googly eyes on its website.
Loving seeing Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Graham and Lilly Singh as ABC's pre-show hosts. It was really smart of ABC to tap such an eclectic, dynamic group to make carpet interviews less stale.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has been making the rounds this awards season. She is the executive producer of the Oscar-nominated documentary short "Stranger at the Gate."
The best supporting actress nominee is ready for what could be a big night for "Everything Everywhere All At Once."
John Williams has already made Oscars history
John Williams, the prolific composer who turned 91 in February, became the oldest person ever to be nominated in a competitive Oscar award category for his work on “The Fabelmans.”
It is his 53rd Oscar nomination. He has taken home five Oscars statuettes: for “Fiddler on the Roof“ in 1972, “Jaws” in 1976, “Star Wars” in 1978, “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” in 1983 and “Schindler’s List” in 1994.
Watch John Williams’ recent interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt here.
John Williams becomes oldest person to be nominated for OscarMarch 12, 202303:42
Who else is performing Sunday?
Talking Heads founder David Byrne, music trio Son Lux and “Everything Everywhere All at Once” supporting actress nominee Stephanie Hsu will sing the film’s Oscar-nominated song, “This Is a Life.”
Sofia Carson and Diane Warren will also perform “Applause” from “Tell It Like a Woman.”
Although we still have a ways to go before the first award of the night is handed out, Lady Gaga's Little Monsters have already won.
The "Hold My Hand" singer, who is nominated for original song for the "Top Gun: Maverick" ballad, will be performing tonight, per Variety. Reports last week suggested Gaga would be absent from the ceremony because of her "Joker: Folie à Deux" filming schedule.
Gaga took home the same award in 2019 for the song "Shallow" from "A Star Is Born."
‘RRR’ hive is hyped for ‘Naatu Naatu’
On Sunday, Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava will perform the song-and-dance number “Naatu Naatu” from the action epic “RRR.”
The 4½-minute song’s title means “Dance Dance” in Telugu, a language predominantly spoken in the South Indian states. The fast-paced song was played during a garden party in the film where main characters Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan) and Komaram Bheem (N.T. Rama Rao Jr.) outdance the many unwelcoming white guests with booming drums and whimsical string instruments.
The hype around the song has built up ahead of the awards show. At a sold-out screening of the film at the Chinese Theatre on Monday, which Rajamouli, Keeravani and lead actors Rama Rao Jr. and Ram Charan attended, the theater erupted into a dance party during the song.
In January, it was the unexpected and historic winner for best original song at the Golden Globes.
James Hong says this definitely won't be his last Oscars
We love a grandpa moment, so cue James Hong, who plays Gong Gong in "Everything Everywhere All at Once."
"When I'm 100, I'll come back and say hello to everybody," he told ABC from the Oscars pre-show.
Glen Powell from 'Top Gun: Maverick' will miss the ceremony
Like Tom Cruise, Glen Powell, who plays Lt. Jake "Hangman" Seresin, won't be at the awards ceremony tonight. But he shared a throwback post in honor of the movie's being up for several awards.
I'd forgotten exactly what his role in the movie was because it's been a minute since I saw it in the theater. Here's a classically "Top Gun: Maverick" clip if you also need a reminder.
Rihanna will grace us with another performance
Fresh off her epic Super Bowl halftime show performance, a pregnant RiRi will perform “Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” which she is nominated for.
She posted a video and photo of her cute son on Twitter reacting to “when he found out his sibling is going to the Oscars and not him.” The academy responded with a heart emoji.
Tom Cruise is missing the Oscars for a very characteristic reason
Tom Cruise won't be at the Oscars tonight, and it's for the most Tom Cruise reason: He's overseas working on the next "Mission Impossible" movie, according to Entertainment Tonight.
Always possible he'll make a recorded appearance by video, of course. "Top Gun: Maverick," which Cruise starred in and also produced, is up for best picture, among other awards.
Here's more of Cruise, who's described in his Twitter handle as "Running in movies since 1981," being epically Tom Cruise.
Why Michelle Yeoh’s Golden Globes speech was so profound
When she accepted her Golden Globe for best actress (musical/comedy), Michelle Yeoh ordered the exit music to stop playing after it interrupted her speech. “Shut up, please. I can beat you up, OK? And I’m serious,” Yeoh said, laughing, before she continued.
The moment immediately went viral. And for Asian women, who contend with historical pressures from within the community and beyond to make themselves small, Yeoh’s quip had a deeper meaning.
During her speech, Yeoh also opened up about the racism she witnessed in her early days in Hollywood, as well as the dwindling opportunities for aging female actors. She paid homage to those of Asian descent.
“This is also for all the shoulders that I stand on, all who came before me, who look like me and all who are going on this journey with me forward,” she said. “So thank you for believing in us. Thank you so much.”
ICYMI: Not everyone loves Lydia Tár
The world’s best-known female conductor, Marin Alsop, revealed that she’s “offended” by her best-known fictional counterpart: Lydia Tár.
“So many superficial aspects of Tár seemed to align with my own personal life,” Alsop said in a recent interview published in the U.K.’s Sunday Times. “But once I saw it I was no longer concerned, I was offended: I was offended as a woman, I was offended as a conductor, I was offended as a lesbian.”
The title character in Todd Field’s critically acclaimed film “Tár” and Alsop are both barrier-breaking American conductors, protégées of legendary conductor Leonard Bernstein (although Tár’s claim is questionable), teachers at major American conservatories and lesbian moms married to fellow orchestral musicians. However, the fictional maestro, played by Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, is also a narcissistic and manipulative abuser who is accused of sexual misconduct by a female underling.
Red carpet no more, she's champagne this year
For the first time since the 33rd Academy Awards in 1961, the Oscars carpet is getting a makeover.
Before the stars head in for the awards ceremony and celebrations, they will walk down a champagne-colored carpet selected by creative consultants Lisa Love and Raúl Àvila. The decision comes as an effort to infuse the arrivals, which take place in the afternoon local time, with the gravity of a formal evening event, the academy said.
But others had their own ideas for the cause of the carpet’s change in.
“I think the decision to go with a champagne carpet instead of a red carpet shows how confident we are that no blood will be shed,” host Jimmy Kimmel joked during the carpets unveiling in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
'The Little Mermaid' trailer expected to debut tonight
Halle Bailey teased a poster of the upcoming live action adaptation of "The Little Mermaid" on Instagram last week, revealing that the official trailer will debut during Oscars telecast.
The new “Little Mermaid” will feature four additional songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda and more detailed mermaid tails, director Rob Marshall said at D23. He said that the live action remake will “honor the original” animated film but that he wanted to “bring some depth” to the reimagined story.
When the first teaser for the film dropped, parents began posting TikToks of their Black daughters getting excited about Bailey in the lead role. The touching responses came after a slew of backlash directed at Bailey and Disney for casting a Black lead.
Brendan Fraser’s ‘Brenaissance’ thanks to ‘The Whale’
The Oscar-nominated actor sat down with “TODAY’s” Willie Geist on Feb. 26 to discuss why he took a step back from the spotlight after his success in the ‘90s.
Read more from the interview here.
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There are many queer contenders in this year’s batch of nominees
Queer creators and films with LGBTQ themes have plenty of potential to sweep and earn history-making wins at the Oscars ceremony this year.
Brendan Fraser, who plays the 600-pound protagonist of director Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale,” is up for best actor for his role as Charlie, a gay, homebound English teacher who tries to reconnect with his daughter before he essentially eats himself to death.
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” star Stephanie Hsu — who will face off against fellow cast member Jamie Lee Curtis for best supporting actress — gives a particularly moving performance as a daughter who will go to the ends of the multiverse to win her traditional mother’s approval and no longer feel like an outsider because of her queerness.
Two other LGBTQ-themed films were nominated in major categories: Laura Poitras’ “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” and Lukas Dhont’s “Close.” If Poitras’ film, about the artist and activist Nan Goldin, takes home the award for best documentary feature, it will be her second Oscar, who won for her 2014 Edward Snowden documentary, “Citizenfour.” A win in best international feature would be the first for Dhont, whose sophomore feature, about two 13-year-old boys torn apart by peer pressure, is Belgium’s official entry this year.
All 23 categories will be included in the live telecast again
Last year, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences drew some backlash on social media after news broke that eight awards — documentary short, film editing, makeup and hairstyling, original score, production design, animated short, live action short and sound — wouldn’t be telecast live at the Oscars ceremony.
Bill Kramer, the CEO of the academy, told Variety that this year there will be no cuts: All 23 categories will all be included in the live telecast.
“We are committed to having a show that celebrates the artisans, the arts and sciences and the collaborative nature of moviemaking,” he told the publication. “This is very much what the mission of the Academy is, and I am very hopeful that we can do a show that celebrates all components of moviemaking in an entertaining and engaging way.”
There are no female best director nominees this year
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Guess the pandemic isn't entirely over for Hollywood. Glenn Close won't be presenting tonight after she tested positive for Covid.
“She is following her doctor’s orders, resting and of course isolating. She was very much looking forward to taking part in the show,” a representative for Close told NBC News.
Sad to miss the "Air Force One" reunion with Harrison Ford, but here's hoping she gets well soon.
Here’s what’s inside the nearly $125,000 Oscars gift bag
The 2023 edition of the bag — which isn’t affiliated with the Academy Awards — is valued at roughly $123,000, according to documents reviewed by CNBC Make It, and includes more than 60 gifts ranging from a $16 package of chocolate-covered pretzels to a $40,000 visit to a luxury Canadian estate.
This year’s biggest offering is a $40,000 three-night stay at the remote luxury property The Lifestyle in Ottawa. The bags also include dozens of other items and vouchers, such as: Shinery Radiance Wash, a hand soap featured on the Oprah’s Favorite Things list that cleans your jewelry while you wash your hands, and up to $10,000 worth of procedures from Dr. Konstantin Vasyukevich, including chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing and Botox.
It's not always sunny in Los Angeles
While the city of stars got some rain Friday and Saturday, Sunday’s forecast appears to be less wet.
Today's forecast is cloudy, with a low of 54 degrees and a high of 64 degrees, according to the Weather Channel.
The academy has a crisis team in place to avoid any slaps
It seems like the academy wants the unforgettable Oscars slap to remain forever in the past.
In a February interview with Time, Bill Kramer, the CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, revealed that the academy now has a “whole crisis team” — which it has never had before — “and many plans in place.”
“Because of [the slap] last year, we’ve opened our minds to the many things that can happen at the Oscars,” Kramer said. “But these crisis plans — the crisis communication teams and structures we have in place — allow us to say this is the group that we have to gather very quickly. This is how we all come together. This is the spokesperson. This will be the statement. And obviously depending on the specifics of the crisis, and let’s hope something doesn’t happen and we never have to use these, but we already have frameworks in place that we can modify.”
Don’t expect to see Will Smith tonight
In April, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced it would prohibit Will Smith from attending the Academy Awards for 10 years after he slapped Chris Rock during the 2022 telecast.
Smith slapped Rock for making a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. He apologized and resigned from the group behind the Academy Awards — a move that prevented the academy from suspending or expelling him. In a statement after the announcement, Smith said: “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”
But Smith hasn’t been entirely shunned by Hollywood. He accepted the Beacon Award at the African American Film Critics Association Awards this month. In December, he starred in the Apple-released film “Emancipation” and made several public appearances (including at the film’s red carpet premiere) to promote it.
PSA to Angelenos: Avoid the Dolby Theatre area
Nothing says Los Angeles like a good ol’ traffic jam. And Oscars Sunday is no different. That’s why academy officials always warn people of street closures ahead of time.
Hollywood knows how to throw a party
Per usual, parties were aplenty in the week leading up to Hollywood’s biggest night — and some of the biggest parties will actually take place after the show.
Variety rounded up a full list. Among the highlights: the Vanities Party: A Night for Young Hollywood, which took place Wednesday; the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards, which honored Gina Prince-Bythewood, Tara Duncan, Danielle Deadwyler, Dominique Thorn and Sheryl Lee Ralph, on Thursday; and CAA’s annual party Friday.
This year’s best lead actor nominees are ...
- Austin Butler (“Elvis”)
- Colin Farrell (“The Banshees of Inisherin”)
- Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”)
- Paul Mescal (“Aftersun”)
- Bill Nighy (“Living”)
Oscars voting ended Tuesday
This year, 9,579 members of the academy were eligible to vote, according to Variety. On Tuesday, Oscar voting officially closed.
Who is presenting?
The academy announced a slew of presenters in the weeks leading up to Hollywood’s biggest night — and there’s, as expected, a lot of star power.
To name a few: Riz Ahmed, Halle Bailey, Antonio Banderas, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, John Cho, Glenn Close, Jennifer Connelly, Ariana DeBose, Andrew Garfield, Hugh Grant, Danai Gurira, Salma Hayek Pinault, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael B. Jordan, Nicole Kidman, Troy Kotsur, Jonathan Majors, Melissa McCarthy, Janelle Monáe, Deepika Padukone, Florence Pugh, Questlove, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver and Donnie Yen.
‘Till’ and ‘The Woman King’ among this year’s snubs
The few movies by and about Black people that may have been considered Oscar bait this awards season — including a film about the aftermath of Emmett Till’s lynching in 1955 and “The Woman King” — did not make it to the list of nominations announced this year.
Danielle Deadwyler, who played Till’s mother, and Viola Davis, who depicted a female warrior in 19th century West Africa in “The Woman King,” were snubbed in the best actress category. Gina Prince-Bythewood, the director of “The Woman King,” was not nominated, nor was Chinonye Chukwu, who directed “Till.”
While the science fiction horror film “Nope” had been lauded by film festivals and critics associations, the movie, directed by Oscar winner Jordan Peele and starring Keke Palmer, Daniel Kaluuya and Brandon Perea, earned no nominations.
Chukwu wrote on Instagram the day after the Oscar nominations were announced: “We live in a world and work in industries that are so aggressively committed to upholding whiteness and perpetuating an unabashed misogyny towards Black women.”
Deadwyler, asked about the post in a recent interview on the “Kermode & Mayo’s Take” podcast, echoed Chukwu. “We’re talking about people who perhaps chose not to see the film — we’re talking about misogynoir — like it comes in all kinds of ways, whether it’s direct or indirect. It impacts who we are.”
Every ‘best picture’ Oscar winner ever
Today.com put together a list of every Oscar best picture winner since 1928, starting with “Wings.”
Who’s won what so far?
As we noted before, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” has been dominating this awards season, making it a likely front-runner for the biggest category of the night: best picture. Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, the directors, are on track to also pick up the directing prize after they were recognized at the Critics Choice, the DGA and the Indie Spirits.
That’s not to say it’s a sure thing. “The Banshees of Inisherin” took home best picture (musical/comedy) and “The Fabelmans” won best picture (drama) at the Golden Globes in January. Director Steven Spielberg also won the directing award at the Globes for “The Fabelmans.”
The other categories to watch closely:
Best supporting actress. Although “Everything Everywhere All at Once” has received so much love and attention, it still came as a surprise when Jamie Lee Curtis, nominated for best supporting actress, nabbed a SAG Award for her performance. That’s because Angela Bassett, nominated for best supporting actress for her role as Queen Ramonda, the matriarch in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” has also picked up some awards at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice this year. Kerry Condon, nominated for “The Banshees of Inisherin,” also earned a BAFTA for her supporting role.
Best actress: At first, Cate Blanchett — who is a two-time Oscar winner — appeared to be the favorite for her role as Lydia Tár, an imperious orchestra conductor, in Todd Field’s psychodrama “Tár.” She won best actress (drama) at the Golden Globes and best actress at Critics Choice and BAFTA. But Michelle Yeoh, a veteran of Hong Kong and Hollywood cinema, has picked up steam in recent weeks, taking home the award for best actress (musical/comedy