The 2023 Academy Awards marked the ninety fifth anniversary of the annual award ceremony, and in contrast to final yr, the evening was calm and drama-free. The earlier yr’s ceremony gained consideration for the “slap heard world wide” when Will Smith, who gained “Greatest Actor” later that evening, slapped actor and comic Chris Rock on stage whereas he was presenting an award. This yr’s Oscars had been rather more mellow, with celebrities on their greatest conduct and no actual surprises so far as who took dwelling awards and who left empty-handed. After all, host Jimmy Kimmel made just a few references to final yr’s drama in his opening monologue, however fortunately, nothing like that incident was seen this yr. As a substitute of being overshadowed by scandal, this yr’s ceremony celebrated some deserving and historic wins throughout all classes.
There have been many huge victories to have a good time this yr. Michelle Yeoh obtained Greatest Actress for her efficiency in Every thing All over the place All At As soon as. Yeoh is the primary Asian American girl to win the award. That was not the one win for the movie, because it took dwelling six different awards, together with Greatest Image.
Yeoh’s co-star Jamie Lee Curtis gained the Oscar for Greatest Supporting Actress. The award was the primary Oscar nomination and win for Curtis, who’s a very long time veteran within the movie business. In her acceptance speech, Curtis talked about her dad and mom, who had each been previous Oscar nominees. Her mom was even nominated in the identical class as her in 1961 for her function in Psycho.
One other huge win for Every thing All over the place was Greatest Supporting Actor, which went to Ke Huy Quan. Quan’s household escaped struggle in Vietnam when he was a baby, and he has been open about his wrestle to get roles in Hollywood as an Asian American actor. In his acceptance speech, he inspired viewers not to surrender on their desires like he nearly did when he was at his lowest level. Quan retired from appearing within the early 2000s, however was motivated by the movie Loopy Wealthy Asians to provide his profession one other shot.
Moreover, Ruth E. Carter made historical past for being the primary Black girl to win two Academy Awards. She obtained Greatest Costume Design for Black Panther: Wakanda Eternally, and he or she gained the identical award in 2019 for her work on the franchise’s first movie. The movie was additionally nominated for Greatest Supporting Actress, Greatest Visible Results and Greatest Make-up and Hairstyling, however solely obtained one award this yr. Angela Bassett was a robust contender for Greatest Supporting Actress and was one of many favorites to win, however she misplaced the award to Curtis.
Greatest Actor was awarded to Brendan Fraser for his efficiency in The Whale. Fraser was a primary time Oscar nominee and appeared extraordinarily shocked when his title was introduced. In his emotional speech, he gave due to the movie’s director, Darren Aronfsky, and acknowledged that issues didn’t at all times come simply to him within the leisure business.
The present additionally featured an intimate efficiency by Girl Gaga, who carried out “Maintain My Hand,” her Oscar nominated music that’s featured in High Gun: Maverick. Gaga, who’s normally identified for her elaborate costumes and make-up, shocked viewers by performing in a t-shirt, ripped denims and little make-up or hair styling. She meant for the efficiency to be uncooked and significant, and he or she achieved simply that, leaving the viewers in awe and receiving a standing ovation. That is Girl Gaga’s fourth efficiency on the Oscars; she additionally took the stage in 2015, 2016 and 2019.
Though this yr’s ceremony wasn’t the thrilling and dramatic manufacturing that final yr’s present was, it was relieving to have a conventional, cordial award ceremony by which the main target was on the deserving winners and nominees fairly than the scandals that occurred between them.
Ili Pecullan is a freshman within the Faculty of Human Ecology. She will be reached at [email protected]