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Oscars 2023 Review: A Welcome Lack of Drama on a Historic Evening

Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis prevail at the Academy Awards. The 95th Oscars: No Incidents, Just Winners.

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Los Angeles’s Dolby Theatre housed the 95th Academy Awards. Host Jimmy Kimmel oversaw the crowning of cinema’s best and brightest of the past year.

After a highly controversial show one year ago, the Academy announced that all 23 categories were to presented during the live telecast. Also, Kimmel warned the audience that the Academy beefed up security and that no violence will be permitted this year’s show. This stems from the Chris Rock/Will Smith incident from last year’s telecast that has since become an infamous moment in television history.

Who were the winners? Were there any snubs? What happened at the 95th Oscars? No incidents, just winners?”

“Mom, I just won an Oscar!”

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The words above were belted out as Ke Huy Quan gave an impassioned speech after winning the Oscar for best supporting actor. “I arrived here on a boat and spent time at a refugee camp,” the actor stated. “Dreams are something you believe in. I almost gave up on mine. To everyone out there, keep your dreams alive.”

Quan’s Everything Everywhere All At Once co-star Jamie Lee Curtis took the stage after Quan and gave an impassioned speech following her win for best supporting actress. The actress started by saying she maybe accept the Oscar, but she’s not the only winner. She includes those who worked on the film’s production, family, friends, and those who have supported her along the way. She tearfully concludes with, “I just won an Oscar.”

Who Owned The Night?

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The Academy confirmed that all 23 film categories would be presented after facing backlash for the 94th Edition. That year saw the broadcast omission of award presentations, including the awards for best Live-action short, documentary short, and animated short. Everything Everywhere All At Once won seven of their eleven nominations taking home best picture.

“The Daniels” (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) won for best directing. All Quiet on The Western Front won 4 awards, while “The Whale” won two. Brendan Fraser won 1 of the 2 The Whale awards for best actor. During his speech, he credited director Darren Aronofsky for helping save his career. This acknowledgment is a nod to the actor’s career having low points.

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The Other Nominees

While all those named in January are an honor, they can’t all be winners. Among those who attended Sunday night were Austin Butler, Angela Bassett, and Michelle Williams. In Basset’s case, many believe she should have received the nod for her stellar performance in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The film Elvis was utterly shut out. Out of 9 nominations, the film bought in zero. Butler’s star-making performance as the King of Rock-n-Roll was enough to garner the film’s acknowledgment, but not a statuette.

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Every Winner From The 95th Academy Awards

Best Picture – Everything Everywhere All At Once

Best Actor & Actress – Brendan Fraser (The Whale); Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All At Once)

Original Song – Naatu Naatu by M. M. Keeravani

Best Animated Feature – Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

International Film – All Quiet on the Western Front

Best Supporting Actor & Actress – Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All At Once); Jamie Lee Curtis (Everything Everywhere All At Once).

Best Director – “The Daniels” Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert (Everything Everywhere All At Once).

Original Score – Volker Bertelmann (All Quiet on the Western Front)

Documentary Feature – Navalny

Live Action Short – An Irish Goodbye

Best Production Design – All Quiet on the Western Front

Best Costume Design – Ruby Carter (Black Panther Wakanda Forever)

Original Screenplay – Everything Everywhere All At Once

Best Adapt Screenplay – Women Talking

Best Animated Short Film – The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse.

Cinematography – All Quiet on the Western Front

Visual Effects – Avatar: The Way of the Water

Best Documentary (Short Subject) – The Elephant Whisperers

Film Editing – Everything Everywhere All At Once.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling – The Whale

Best Sound – Top Gun: Maverick

Written By

Shane Kidd-Walker is a Graduate Film Student at Florida State University. He is also an alumnus of Hinds Community College and THE Alcorn State University.

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