Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The 2023 Oscars

Hollywood's Biggest Stage

The 95th Academy Awards were held on 12 March 2023, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Hollywood’s biggest ceremony was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who made jokes about the pandemic, politics, and celebrity scandals right until the big winner of the night was announced: Everything Everywhere All at Once. It is a sci-fi comedy starring Michelle Yeoh and Jamie Lee Curtis. It won six awards through the night, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film Editing.

All Quiet on the Western Front, a German remake of the classic war film, which won four awards, including Best International Feature Film, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Original Score;

The Whale, a drama about a morbidly obese man starring Brendan Fraser, which won two awards, including Best Actor and Best Makeup and Hairstyling;

Women Talking, an adaptation of Miriam Toews’ novel about a group of Mennonite women who escape their abusive community, which won Best Adapted Screenplay.

Some of the most memorable moments of the night were Pedro Pascal presenting the award for Best Animated Feature to Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio;

Malala Yousafzai introducing a segment on education and empowerment in film;

Rihanna performing her song “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever with a choir of African children;

Jimmy Kimmel unveiling a live bear on stage to promote the upcoming film Cocaine Bear.

Crazy events unfolded too. Notable moments included Lady Gaga arriving in a giant egg-shaped pod; Tom Cruise crashing his jet on stage while presenting the award for Best Sound to Top Gun: Maverick; Sacha Baron Cohen interrupting Daniel Day-Lewis’ acceptance speech for an honorary Oscar; and Leonardo DiCaprio announcing his retirement from acting after losing his seventh nomination for Best Actor.


Atom is a Kiwi and gained experience in news reporting, bicultural and cross-cultural reporting, news photography, media law and ethics at the Auckland University of Technology.
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