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Some of the most notable moments at the 2023 Oscar Awards

The highly anticipated 95th Academy Awards aired Sunday night live from the Dolby Theater, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Here are some of the most notable moments of the event:

Brendan Fraser won the best actor category for his comeback film, “The Whale”. “I started in this business 30 years ago,” In his emotional acceptance speech, Fraser said, “Things didn’t come easily to me, but there was a facility that I didn’t appreciate at the time until it stopped.”

Ke Huy Quan also became emotional when he bagged the best supporting actor award for his performance in “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” During his speech, he mentioned his mom, saying, ‘I just won an Oscar!’ After being in the industry for decades, this is his first ever win at the prestigious ceremony.

Michelle Yeoh
Michelle Yeoh

Quan’s co-star Michelle Yeoh made history by becoming the first Asian woman to ever win the best actress category at the Oscars. She thanked all the little boys and girls who looked like her watching that night. She continued her speech by saying “This is a beacon of hope and possibilities. This is proof that dreams do come true. And ladies, don’t let anybody tell you [that] you are ever past your prime”.

Before actors Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors presented the award for best cinematography, they gave a shout out to best supporting actress nominee Angela Bassett saying, “Hey auntie, we love you.” This is right after  Jamie Lee Curtis snagged the best supporting actress for her performance inn “Everything Everywhere All at Once”.

Ruth Carter
Ruth Carter

Ruth Carter bagged her second Oscar win for best costume design, which makes her the first black woman to win two Academy Awards. In her speech, she mentioned the late Chadwick Boseman and said, “Chadwick, please take care of mom.”

The best original song went to Naatu Naatu from the movie “RRR,” which also made history as the first Indian feature project to ever win an Oscar.

For the original screenplay, the award went to Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert for “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” Scheinert honored the public teachers who taught him in his speech. Kwan thanked Scheinert for being “his confidence.” The duo also took home the best director award. Sarah Polley won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for Women Talking. “I want to thank the Academy for not being mortally offended by the words ‘women’ and ‘talking’ so close together like that,” she joked while accepting her award.

Lady Gaga delivered a stripped down rendition of “Hold My Hand” from Top Gun: Maverick. The singer was originally not slated to perform but was added to the lineup at the last minute. Rihanna also performed during the ceremony with Lift Me Up from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which she wrote with composer Ludwig Goransson, director Ryan Coogler, and singer-songwriter Tems.

The host of the evening, Jimmy Kimmel, returned to the Dolby Theater and delivered a very entertaining but somewhat reserved monologue. “The films you worked on so hard to make the way they were supposed to be seen: in the theater,” he said before diverting his attention to Nicole Kidman, who is in the audience: “I’m glad to see that Nicole Kidman has finally been released from that abandoned AMC,” he joked.


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