The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been awarding the prestigious Academy Awards for the 95th time. The Oscars for actor and actress in a supporting role went to Jamie Lee Curtis and Ke Huy Quan, both for the movie Everything at once.
Jimmy Kimmel, who – in the style of Maverick – descended on the stage with a parachute, sprinkled a few cute jokes at the expense of the participants in his opening speech. (“You all look gorgeous. Looking around this room, I wonder: Could Ozempic be of use to me?”) Among other things, he stumbled over the absence of James Cameron and Tom Cruise, the financial collapse of Babylon and the set of nominees: “A great year for diversity. We have nominees from all five…ends of Dublin.”
After about ten minutes of the show, Kimmel also broached the topic of slapping, which shocked the audience last year: “If someone decides to attack someone on stage this year, we’re going to give them the Oscar for Best Actor and let them give a 19-minute speech.”
In a slight departure from tradition, the evening began with the awarding of the Oscar for the best animated feature film: The Rock and Emily Blunt presented the Oscar to stop-motion animation Guillermo del Toro’s pin (Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio). “Animation is not a genre, animation is a film – we’re ready to step up to the next level and be part of the conversation,” the Mexican filmmaker reminded the Academy in his thanks (his next project will also be an animated feature film).
Jamie Lee Curtis and Ke Huy Quan: The first two Oscars for acting are also the first two Oscars for Everything everywhere at onceLast year’s laureates Troy Kotsur and Ariana de Bose presented the first of the “big” awards of the evening: for actress and actor in a supporting role – and both traveled to the same team.
According to all expectations and predictions, he became the best supporting actor Ke Huy Quanfor a role in the chaotic comedyi Everything everywhere at once. (He didn’t just act in the film, he was also a stunt coordinator.) Quan, who became the first Asian actor to win an Oscar, admitted that he almost gave up on his dreams several times along the way, and tearfully added: “My journey started on a boat, I spent a year in a refugee camp, and now I’m here. They say things like this only happen in movies – I can’t believe it’s happening to me. This is the real American dream!”
64 years old Jamie Lee Curtis scored her first Oscar nomination in the same category as her mother, Janet Leigh (who was nominated for her supporting role in Psyche) – but Jamie also crowned the nomination with an Oscar. “It seems that I stand alone on the stage, but in reality I am more than a hundred people,” she emphasized, and thanked many collaborators on the film.
Oscar for criticizing Putin’s RussiaThe Russian-Urayan conflict is reflected in the documentary categories, which are often a reflection of the historical moment and social climate: the best feature-length documentary became a political film Navalny directed by Daniel Roher. The director also spoke to the wife of the portrayer, the champion of the Russian opposition Alexei Navalny, Yulia: “My husband is in prison only because he spoke the truth, because he defended democracy. Alexei, I dream of the day when you will be free and our homeland will be free.”
It became the best short feature film An Irish Goodbye directed by Tom Berkeley and Ross Whit.
On Saturday, the American news agency AP got the opportunity to peek behind the scenes of the final rehearsals for the Oscar ceremony, while this year’s awardees were preparing the ground. Among the recipients are, for example, co-stars from the film Four Weddings and a Funeral, Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowelland Hollywood veterans Harrison Ford and Glenn Close.
On Saturday morning, everyone who will be presenting the golden statuettes made their way to the Dolby Theater. A few dozen people were gathered, from Janet Yangpresident of the academy, to stage workers and cameramen. Florence Pugh and Andrew Garfield provided giggles, AP describes. Garfield stood up to the microphone and cleared his throat. “Maybe he won’t do it tomorrow,” Pugh told him.
Among the favorites that may soon stand on stage together with the awardees is the film Everything everywhere at once with eleven nominations. Two Irish black comedies follow Souls of the island and a film about the First World War Nothing new in the west with nine nominations each, including for the international Oscar. The biographical film boasts eight nominations Elvis. The personal family drama has seven nominations Steven Spielberg The Fabelmans.
In addition to the aforementioned, there are other films competing for the golden statuette in the category of the best film of the year Avatar: The Path of Water, Tar, Top Gun: Maverick, Triangle of Sorrows and Women Talking.
Even before the Oscars, several other film award ceremonies took place, some of which are also considered as predictions for the Oscar winners. The film Everything at once has already won important awards from influential Hollywood associations of actors, directors and producers. He celebrated at the Golden Globe Awards Steven Spielbergand at the recent British Film Awards in London Nothing new in the west.
They are in the running for Best Director Martin McDonagh (Souls of the Island), director’s pair Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (Everything everywhere at once), Steven Spielberg (the Fabelmans), Todd Field (Tar) and Ruben Östlund (Triangle of Sorrow).
Cate Blanchett (Tár), Ana de Armas (Blonde), Andrea Riseborough (This Leslie), Michelle Williams (Fabelman’s) and Michelle Yeoh (All Everywhere at Once) are nominated for Best Actress. They are in the running for the Oscar for best actor Austin Butler (Elvis), Colin Farrell (Souls of the Island), Brendan Fraser (Whale), Paul Mescal (After the sun) and Bill Nighy (Living).
Ahead of the awards this year, Andrea Riseborough’s nomination for best actress in the little-known drama To Leslie caused a stir. Because he’s white, black Danielle Deadwyler (Till) and Viola Davis (Woman King) were not nominated, criticism of racism resurfaced, but the Academy found that there were no errors in the process for her nomination, so Riseborough was able to retain her nomination.
According to the German news agency DPA, Cate Blanchett and Michelle Yeoh are considered to be the main contenders for the golden statuette for best actress, while for men, either Austin Butler or Brendan Fraser are said to have the best chance of giving a thank-you speech upon receiving the prestigious golden statuette.
Films from Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Poland and Ireland have been nominated for the International Oscar: the German film Nothing New in the West, the Argentinean Argentina, 1985, the Belgian Blizu, the Irish An Cailin Ciuin and the Polish Ia.
According to experts, the German Nothing New in the West has the best chance of actually receiving this Oscar among all German films so far. Anti-war drama directed by Edward Berger, based on the novel of the same name by Erich Marie Remarque from 1929, is also the first German film to be nominated for an Oscar for best film. So far in the history of the Oscars, only eight non-English films have entered both the Best Picture and International Oscar categories at the same time. In 2020, the South Korean satire Parasite was the first to celebrate a double victory at the Oscars.
There are actors nominated for the Oscar for the supporting male role Brendan Gleeson (Souls of the Island), Brian Tyree Henry (Causeway), Judd Hirsch (the Fabelmans), Barry Keoghan (Souls of the Island) and Ke Huy Quan (Everything everywhere at once).
There are actresses nominated for the Oscar for the supporting female role Angela Bassett (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), Hong Chau (Whale), Kerry Condon (Souls of the island) and Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu (Everything everywhere at once).
For the Oscar for the best original screenplay, Duše otok, All Everywhere at Once, Fabelmanov, Tar and Triangle of Sorrow are competing for the Oscar, and for the best adapted screenplay, Nothing New in the West, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Živeti, Top Gun: Maverick and Women Talking.
They are nominated in the best animated feature categoryand Pinocchio Guillermo del Toro, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Puss in Boots: Last Wish, The Sea Best and I, the red panda. They are nominated for the best documentary feature All That Breathes, All That Beauty and Bloodshed, Fire of Love, A House Made of Splinters and Rush.
In contrast to last year’s event, when some individual awards were pre-recorded, this year the awards in all categories will be announced live, and Popikona will also perform Rihannawho wrote the song for the movie Black Panther (Lift Me Up).
This year they also tried to protect themselves from incidents like last year when an American player Will Smith hit a comedian on stage Chris Rock because of his joke about Smith’s wife Jade Pinkett. The organizers have established a special crisis team. Smith will not be at the Dolby Theater this time, having earned a 10-year ban from the ceremony following the incident.