Oscars 2023 live updates: 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' wins best picture

Published March 12, 2023 at 7:28 PM EDT
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US film producer Jonathan Wang (C) accepts the Oscar for Best Picture for "Everything Everywhere All at Once" onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards.

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That was a total of 7 Oscar wins for 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'

Posted March 13, 2023 at 12:24 AM EDT

Best picture winner Everything Everywhere All at Once won 7 of the 11 awards it was nominated for.

For a moment there earlier in the night, it looked like the more traditional All Quiet on the Western Front might give the inventive Everything Everywhere All at Once a run for the money. But in the end, the latter took home seven titles to All Quiet's four — if that's not a sweep, we're not sure what is.

Here's the seven new titles for Everything Everywhere All at Once:

  • Best picture
  • Best actress, Michelle Yeoh
  • Best directing, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
  • Best film editing, Paul Rogers
  • Best original screenplay, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
  • Best actress in a supporting role, Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Best actor in a supporting role, Ke Huy Quan

The film fell short in costume design, original score and best song.
➡️Looking for a full list of winners? Head here.

A down year for Black nominees

Posted March 13, 2023 at 12:09 AM EDT

Even as Asian performers and filmmakers notched historic gains at this year’s Oscars, Black nominees fared poorly, with only Ruth E. Carter winning best costume design for her work on the film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

This shutout for Black performers hasn’t happened since 2020 when the South Korean film Parasite won many key categories, and Cynthia Erivo was the only Black performer nominated.

It’s a sad reminder that the Oscars remain a space that often makes room for one non-white group among winners in its top categories, often represented by one successful film.

The best idea of the night was asking Harrison Ford to present the best picture Oscar

Posted March 13, 2023 at 12:06 AM EDT
Ke Huy Quan hugs actor Harrison Ford as he celebrates winning the Oscar for Best Picture for Everything Everywhere All at Once" onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 12, 2023. )
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Ke Huy Quan hugs actor Harrison Ford as he celebrates winning the Oscar for Best Picture for Everything Everywhere All at Once onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., on March 12, 2023.

Harrison Ford presented the best picture award — a canny move by the evening’s producers, who were clearly betting on an Everything Everywhere All at Once win, as it would reunite Ford and Quan, who starred together in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 39 years ago. The two shared a warm embrace.

The fantasy film about motherhood, love, googly eyes and the multiverse took home the Academy Award for best picture.

The film, directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — who’d picked up Oscars for original screenplay and directing earlier in the evening — was widely favored to win best picture. But the evening began with All Quiet on the Western Front racking up several Oscar statuettes, causing some to wonder if it might be the German war film’s night.

Everything Everywhere All at Once went into tonight’s ceremony with 11 nominations, of which it won seven, including best picture, director (Kwan and Scheinert), lead actress (Michelle Yeoh), supporting actress (Jamie Lee Curtis) supporting actor (Ke Huy Quan), original screenplay and editing.

It was a night of historic wins and safe jokes

Posted March 12, 2023 at 11:55 PM EDT

For a show that aimed to give screen time to all of its 23 awards, this year’s Oscars proceeded at a brisk pace – just 40 minutes or so over the expected three-hour running time and filled with jokes from host Jimmy Kimmel about the length (even as the show ended, he cracked that viewers would be “joining Good Morning America, already in progress.”)

It was a ceremony that made history for the honors handed to Asian performers and filmmakers – thanks, in part, to the immense success of Everything Everywhere All at Once – and a party that was so set on honoring Hollywood that there was little fear anyone would derail the ceremony the way Will Smith did by slapping Chris Rock last year.

Perhaps because so many of the winners were expected – Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan from Everything Everywhere, especially – the show didn’t feel as unpredictable or daring as it could. Producers were often merciless about hustling winners off when their acceptance speeches got long. And Kimmel’s earnest words about honoring Hollywood ensured the onstage jokes would only go so far – as when he called Steven Spielberg and Seth Rogen the Joe and Hunter Biden of Hollywood.

It was a night of inspiring, historic wins and safe jokes - just the kind of evening the Academy was likely hoping for after the bedlam of last year’s ceremony.

Brendan Fraser completes the Brenaissance with an Oscar win

Posted March 12, 2023 at 11:46 PM EDT

Brendan Fraser’s win concluded an Oscar-night shutout for The Banshees of Inisherin, Elvis, Aftersun and Living.

Fraser, whose unlikely career trajectory has included Encino Man, George of the Jungle and a long hiatus marked by health issues, completed his comeback Sunday night, winning best actor for The Whale. The film drew harsh criticism for its portrayal of a 600-pound gay shut-in, but Fraser’s performance was strong enough to make him an Oscar winner.

The ceremony is over, but the NPR after-party is just getting started

Posted March 12, 2023 at 11:44 PM EDT

The final credits may be rolling, but we're sticking around a bit longer to parse tonight's big moments.

So grab a refill on your popcorn or drinks (or both!) and stay with us.

'Everything Everywhere All at Once' wins best picture

Posted March 12, 2023 at 11:35 PM EDT
Producer Jonathan Wang accepts the Oscar for Best Picture for Everything Everywhere All at Once onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., on March 12, 2023.
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Producer Jonathan Wang accepts the Oscar for Best Picture for Everything Everywhere All at Once onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., on March 12, 2023.

Everything Everywhere All at Once wins the night's biggest award — and takes home its seventh Oscar of the night.

Here were the nominees it beat out:

  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Avatar: The Way of Water
  • The Banshees of Inisherin
  • Elvis
  • The Fabelmans
  • Tár
  • Top Gun: Maverick
  • Triangle of Sadness
  • Women Talking

Michelle Yeoh wins best actress for her role in 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'

Posted March 12, 2023 at 11:30 PM EDT

Michelle Yeoh has won best actress for her role in Everything Everywhere All at Once, another key win for the best picture nominee.

Yeoh is the first Asian woman to win best actress.

Yeoh beat out Ana de Armas, Blonde; Cate Blanchett, Tár; Andrea Riseborough, To Leslie and Michelle Williams, The Fabelmans.

Brendan Fraser wins lead actor for his performance in 'The Whale'

Posted March 12, 2023 at 11:25 PM EDT
Brendan Fraser accepts the Best Actor award for The Whale onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Brendan Fraser accepts the Best Actor award for The Whale onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.

Brendan Fraser takes the statuette for best lead actor for his performance in The Whale.

Fraser beat out Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin; Austin Butler, Elvis; Bill Nighy, Living; and Paul Mescal, Aftersun.

Don't go far: best actress is up next.

Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert win best director for 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'

Posted March 12, 2023 at 11:16 PM EDT
Daniel Scheinert, left, and Dan Kwan accept the Best Director award for Everything Everywhere All at Once onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Daniel Scheinert, left, and Dan Kwan accept the Best Director award for Everything Everywhere All at Once onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.

Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert are taking home another award for Everything Everywhere All at Once, this time for best director.

Here are the nominees that the pair beat out: Martin McDonagh for The Banshees of Inisherin, Steven Spielberg for The Fabelmans, Todd Field for Tár and Ruben Ostlund for Triangle of Sadness.

This In Memoriam segment had something extra

Posted March 12, 2023 at 11:13 PM EDT

Besides a legitimately moving intro from a choked-up John Travolta, who was clearly going through it, having lost his dear friends Olivia Newton-John and Kirstie Alley this year.

If you noticed, the producers decided to add a small Oscar statuette next to the names of those people who’d won an Academy Award in their lifetime.

The In Memoriam segment always flirts with tackiness, given the audience’s determination to cheer for the biggest names. But this felt … kinda gross, no?

'Everything Everywhere All at Once' wins award for best editing

Posted March 12, 2023 at 11:11 PM EDT

That's another award for best picture nominee Everything Everywhere All at Once: best film editing.

Everything Everywhere All at Once beat out nominees The Banshees of Inisherin; Elvis; Tár; and Top Gun: Maverick.

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'Naatu Naatu' wins Oscar for best music (original song)

Posted March 12, 2023 at 11:08 PM EDT
Chandrabose, left, and M. M. Keeravani accept the Best Original Song award for 'Naatu Naatu' from "RRR" onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Chandrabose, left, and M. M. Keeravani accept the Best Original Song award for "Naatu Naatu" from RRR onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.

"Naatu Naatu" won the Oscar for best music (original song).

"Naatu Naatu" beat fellow category nominees "This is A Life," "Lift Me Up," "Hold My Hand" and "Applause."

Read more here

Lenny Kravitz performs for the in-memoriam segment

Posted March 12, 2023 at 11:07 PM EDT

As is tradition at every Oscars ceremony, audiences are remembering the those in the film industry who passed away in the last year.

"They've touched our hearts, they've made us smile, and became dear friends, who we will always remain hopelessly devoted to," said presenter John Travolta, who remembered his friend and former co-star, Olivia Newton-John.

Lenny Kravitz provided the sound-track for the segment, performing "Calling all Angels".

This thing could be so much longer

Posted March 12, 2023 at 10:59 PM EDT

Consider: They’re introducing tonight’s best picture nominees with an offscreen announcer.

In years past, that job has been done by presenters. Actors who walk out, pause, engage in stiff presenter banter, and then introduce the best picture nominees.

It seems like a small tweak but it’s easily shaving, what, at least ten minutes off this broadcast?

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'Top Gun: Maverick' wins Oscar for best sound

Posted March 12, 2023 at 10:58 PM EDT

Top Gun: Maverick won the Oscar for best sound.

With its win, the film beat fellow category nominees Avatar: The Way of Water, Elvis, The Batman and All Quiet on the Western Front.

Who gets played off, and who doesn’t?

Posted March 12, 2023 at 10:57 PM EDT

It happens every Oscars — enthusiastic winners get played off before they can finish their speeches. Unfortunate but understandable; the producers are just trying to keep things tight.

But there’s generally an effort made to seem egalitarian, or at the very least, consistent.

Not so tonight. Based on this year’s broadcast, here’s a couple things to keep in mind to avoid the hook, when you make your Oscars speech.

1. Be a team of one.  Producers cued the orchestra tonight when the winners for makeup and hairstyling, documentary short and visual effects tried to hand off the mic to a second speaker. 

2. Be an actor, writer, director or composer. It’s one of the cruelest ironies of the Oscars that the folks who win in categories like those listed above — who don’t have regular access to huge platforms — are the most likely to get played off. It’s a big deal for them! Maybe the biggest of their lives! Let them speak!

Hang in there, Jimmy ...

Posted March 12, 2023 at 10:54 PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Jimmy Kimmel onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.

Midway through the Oscars, host Jimmy Kimmel seemed a little low on energy, constantly cracking jokes about how long the ceremony was and noting at one moment, “this point in the show kinda makes you miss the slapping, huh?”

Still, he managed a few cute moments, walking onstage with a donkey he said was from the film The Banshees of Inisherin and walking into the audience to ask questions of stars like Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

He asked Yousafzai, “As the youngest Nobel Prize winner in history, I was wondering, do you think Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine?”

Her answer was both wise and TV savvy: “I only talk about peace.”

Cheer up, Jimmy; you’ve only got another four hours or so to go.

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Women Talking wins Oscar for best writing (adapted screenplay)

Posted March 12, 2023 at 10:46 PM EDT
Sarah Polley accepts the best adapted screenplay award for Women Talking onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Sarah Polley accepts the best adapted screenplay award for Women Talking onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.

Women Talking has bested Living, All Quiet on the Western Front, Top Gun: Maverick and Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.

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'Everything Everywhere All at Once' wins Oscar for writing (original screenplay)

Posted March 12, 2023 at 10:43 PM EDT

Everything Everywhere All at Once won the Oscar for writing (original screenplay).

With this win, Everything Everywhere All at Once beat Triangle of Sadness, Tar, The Banshees of Inisherin and The Fabelmans.

Rihanna performs ‘Lift Me Up’ with an orchestra

Posted March 12, 2023 at 10:40 PM EDT
Rihanna performs onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Rihanna performs onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.

Rihanna closed out Oscar night’s best original song performances with a stately take on “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, aided by an orchestra and a choir. Unlike Lady Gaga, who transformed her maximalist movie anthem “Hold My Hand” into something intimate and contained, Rihanna and her accompanists gave “Lift Me Up” a grandness it wore well. It’s still not a terribly eventful song, but she leaned into it.

Rihanna has had a big 2023: She’s already performed at the Super Bowl, announced her pregnancy and performed at the Oscars. Here’s hoping a long-awaited album is next in the queue.

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'Avatar: The Way of Water' wins Oscar for best visual effects

Posted March 12, 2023 at 10:28 PM EDT
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Avatar: The Way of Water

Avatar: The Way of Water won the Oscar for best visual effects.

With its win, Avatar: The Way of Water beat The Batman, Top Gun: Maverick, All Quiet on the Western Front and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Here's the award count so far:

Posted March 12, 2023 at 10:27 PM EDT

Does it feel like things are heating up a bit for All Quiet on the Western Front? The war movie has just pulled ahead of the pack, but we're only just halfway through the awards, with 10 awards still to go.

Here's how the best picture nominees have fared so far:

  • All Quiet on the Western Front — 4
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once — 2
  • No awards yet for the 8 others

➡️If you need a complete list of winners, head here.

For ‘Hold My Hand,’ Lady Gaga dials it way back

Posted March 12, 2023 at 10:18 PM EDT
Lady Gaga performs onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Lady Gaga performs onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.

Clad in a black T-shirt, with closeups suggesting that she’d recently wiped off lipstick, Gaga leaned into intimacy — an intriguing approach for such a maximalist movie song. This isn’t Gaga’s first Oscars rodeo (she won best original song in 2019 for “Shallow,” from A Star Is Born), so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she made a moment of it.

If you want a sense of what Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand” might sound if she’d stripped it down for the Tiny Desk — and, as a side note, that can happen if she wishes — her Oscars performance provided a clear approximation.

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All Quiet on the Western Front wins Oscar for best music (original score)

Posted March 12, 2023 at 10:16 PM EDT

With its fifth win of the evening, All Quiet on the Western Front beat Babylon, Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Banshees of Inisherin and The Fabelmans.

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'All Quiet on the Western Front' wins Oscar for best production design

Posted March 12, 2023 at 10:11 PM EDT

All Quiet on the Western Front won the Oscar for best production design.

In its fourth win of the evening, All Quiet on the Western Front beat Elvis, Babylon, The Fabelmans and Avatar: The Way of Waster.

Ruth Carter’s win was historic

Posted March 12, 2023 at 10:02 PM EDT

Fun fact, in case you missed it: when Ruth Carter took home the costume award for Wakanda Forever earlier in the evening, she became the first Black woman to win more than one Oscar. Her previous win was for Black Panther, and that win was also historic — she was the first Black person to win in that category in 2019.

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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse wins Oscar for best short film (animated)

Posted March 12, 2023 at 9:59 PM EDT

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse won the Oscar for best short film (animated).

It beat fellow nominees My Year of Dicks, An Ostrich Told Me the World is Fake And I Think I Believe It, The Flying Sailor and Ice Merchants.

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'The Elephant Whisperers' wins Oscar for best documentary short film

Posted March 12, 2023 at 9:56 PM EDT

The Elephant Whisperers won the Oscar for best documentary short film.

It beat out fellow nominees How Do You Measure A Year?, Stranger at the Gate, Haulout and The Martha Mitchell Effect.

Read our story about the film here.

‘Naatu Naatu’ gets its big production number at the Oscars

Posted March 12, 2023 at 9:55 PM EDT
Dancers perform 'Naatu Naatu' from RRR onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Dancers perform 'Naatu Naatu' from RRR onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.

Performed by Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava, “Naatu Naatu” might have been even more welcome later in the ceremony. But its big onstage Oscars moment — and the standing ovation that followed — gave the telecast a boost of joy and enthusiasm that’s always welcome.

For anyone who viewed its viral video or the many TikTok dances it spawned, Sunday night’s performance of RRR’s “Naatu Naatu” provided one of Oscar night’s most anticipated moments. The film’s stars (Ram Charan and N.T. Rama Rao Jr.) weren’t part of the production, but the dancers on hand effectively matched the film’s impeccable and boundless energy.

There’s a whole lotta ads in this Oscars ceremony

Posted March 12, 2023 at 9:53 PM EDT

A 3-ish minute sneak peek at the upcoming remake of Disney’s The Little Mermaid introduced by its stars Halle Bailey and Melissa McCarthy. A “salute” to the Warner Bros. company. A plug for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. So far, these have been shoehorned into the Oscars telecast. Yet, in his opening monologue, Jimmy Kimmel cracked a joke about how the viewers who rallied for all the award categories to be included in the broadcast – unlike last year – would be to blame for the ceremony running many, many hours long. Hmm…

Spielberg on Spielberg

Posted March 12, 2023 at 9:49 PM EDT
Gabriel LaBelle plays the young filmmaker Sammy — a lightly fictionalized version of Spielberg — in The Fabelmans.
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Gabriel LaBelle plays the young filmmaker Sammy — a lightly fictionalized version of Spielberg — in The Fabelmans.

Although The Fabelmans is a lightly fictionalized version of filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s life, it is not a tale he’s regaling audiences with for the first time.

“I’ve told this story in parts and parcels all through my career,” he said at the Golden Globes.

And indeed, armed with The Fabelmans as a key to unlock the code of his other pictures, it's easy for audiences to tease out what he means. From scenes of clowning around with a Super 8 camera and props in a closet that look a lot like Elliott and his otherworldly guest in E.T., to battlefield epics inspired by his dad’s war stories, to fractured families much like Spielberg’s own (his parents divorced while he was still in his teens), to tales of Jewish family life and encounters with antisemitism that informed the making of films like Munich and Schindler’s List, the arc of his career comes into focus.

Plenty of filmmakers have found inspiration in their own stories, but Spielberg has made The Fabelmans more than just a sentimental self-portrait. Instead, he’s given audiences a glimpse of a filmmaker's childhood as a filmmaker -- a sort of master class in how heart affects art.

Read more about how Spielberg has been telling his story all along — if you were paying attention.

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'All Quiet on the Western Front' wins Oscar for best international feature film

Posted March 12, 2023 at 9:46 PM EDT

All Quiet on the Western Front won the Oscar for Best International Feature Film.

All Quiet on the Western Front snagged its third win of the evening. The film beat out E0, The Quiet Girl, Close and Argentina, 1985.

The Makeup and Hairstyling award for ‘The Whale’ feels icky

Posted March 12, 2023 at 9:36 PM EDT
Brendan Fraser plays Charlie in The Whale.
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Brendan Fraser plays Charlie in The Whale.

We talked about it more in-depth in our Pop Culture Happy Hour episode dedicated toThe Whale. But awarding this movie feels like the conversations around Hollywood’s treatment of fat people and actors still have a long way to go.

The award for best makeup and hairstyling went to The Whale, which isn’t exactly a surprise. Much – if not most – of the press around the movie has been focused on star Brendan Fraser’s “transformation” into his character Charlie, a 600-pound house-bound recluse. The win feels more than a bit icky, however, considering the fact that Fraser had to undergo the transformation at all; ‘Why didn’t they hire an actual fat actor for this role?’ is a question many of us have asked. (Along with, ‘Why did this movie have to be made in the first place?’)

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Winners

'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' wins Oscar for best costume design

Posted March 12, 2023 at 9:30 PM EDT
Ruth E. Carter accepts the best costume design award for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Ruth E. Carter accepts the best costume design award for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever won the Oscar for best costume design.

Ruth E. Carter's designs beat out those of Elvis, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, Everything Everywhere All at Once and Babylon.

Revisit Carter'sFresh Airinterview about her work on the Black Panther movies.

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The Whale wins Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Posted March 12, 2023 at 9:20 PM EDT

The Whale wins Oscar for best makeup and hairstyling.

The Whale beat Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The Batman, All Quiet on the Western Front and Elvis.

‘This Is a Life’ performance swaps Mitski for Stephanie Hsu

Posted March 12, 2023 at 9:17 PM EDT
Stephanie Hsu performs onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Stephanie Hsu performs onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.

In a performance that embraced chaos to match the movie that spawned it, Son Lux and David Byrne performed best original song nominee “This Is a Life” with a special guest: actress Stephanie Hsu, who stood in for an absent Mitski.

Vocally, it was a bit all over the place, as seemingly thousands of Twitter users typed “where is mitski” into their search bars simultaneously. But it was, appropriately enough, a visual feast: Byrne wore hot-dog fingers, dancers wore googly eyes on their foreheads, Raccacoonie made an appearance, the works.

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'All Quiet on the Western Front' wins Oscar for best cinematography

Posted March 12, 2023 at 9:10 PM EDT

All Quiet on the Western Front won the Oscar for best cinematography.

It beat out fellow nominees including Empire of Light, Tar, Elvis and Bardo, False Chronicles of a Handful of Truths.

‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ looks like a juggernaut so far

Posted March 12, 2023 at 9:07 PM EDT
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Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once is no sure thing in other categories. Lead-actress nominee Michelle Yeoh is up against Tár powerhouse Cate Blanchett, among others, and the film’s directors, Daniels, are up against the likes of Steven Spielberg. But this could be one of those years in which one film dominates the night.

If you’re looking for an overarching theme from tonight’s Academy Awards, Jamie Lee Curtis’ best supporting actress win portends a big one: This is already gearing up to be an enormous night for Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Ke Huy Quan has long been a frontrunner for best supporting actor, so that moment was no surprise. But Angela Bassett was widely considered a likely winner for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Curtis’ win — against, among others, co-star Stephanie Hsu, with whom she was splitting votes — suggests a deep well of support for the film, which was already leading the Oscars field with 11 nominations.

Winners

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ wins best animated feature

Posted March 12, 2023 at 9:00 PM EDT
Guillermo del Toro accepts the award for best animated feature film for Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Guillermo del Toro accepts the award for best animated feature film for Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, an ambitious stop-motion retelling of the classic children’s story, won best animated feature at Sunday’s Academy Awards. It’s the third Oscar for del Toro, who won twice for The Shape of Water in 2018.

The film, which expands on the classic story to include deeper references to grief and fascism, had performed well across this awards season and bested a field rounded out by Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, The Sea Beast and Turning Red.

In accepting the award for Pinocchio, del Toro issued a plea for audiences and awards to take the film’s medium seriously, imploring the Oscars crowd to “keep animation in the conversation."

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An Irish Goodbye wins Oscar for Best Short Film (Live Action)

Posted March 12, 2023 at 8:58 PM EDT

An Irish Goodbye won the Oscar for Best Short Film (Live Action).

The film beat out fellow nominees including The Red Suitcase, Night Ride, The Pupils, and Ivalu.

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Navalny wins Best Documentary (Feature) at the Oscars

Posted March 12, 2023 at 8:56 PM EDT

Daniel Roher's Navalny won Best Documentary (Feature) at the Oscars.

Navalny beat out four other nominees: All That Breathes, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, Fire of Love, and A House Made of Splinters.

Diane Warren and Sofia Carson perform best original song nominee, "Applause"

Posted March 12, 2023 at 8:54 PM EDT

Cara Delevingne introduced actress Sofia Carson and the 14-time Academy Award nominee Diane Warren for the first song performance of the night.

Carson sang "Applause" from Tell it Like a Woman.

Kimmel kicks off the Oscars

Posted March 12, 2023 at 8:49 PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel speaks onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Jimmy Kimmel speaks onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif.

Host Jimmy Kimmel offered a slyly naughty, yet ultimately pro-Hollywood monologue at the Oscars, joking that superstar director Steven Spielberg had to be high on something when he directed E.T.

“You mean to tell me you were sober when you made a movie about an alien that eats Reese’s Pieces every day?”

He poked at Will Smith’s slap of Chris Rock last year by joking: “If anyone in this theater commits an act of violence at any point during the show, you will be awarded the Oscar for best actor and permitted to give a 19-minute long speech.”

He also drew sustained applause by noting that producers decided awards in all categories would be presented live again – which didn’t happen last year – warning that winners who speak too long would be danced offstage by performers from the movie RRR.

“No complaining about how long the show is,” Kimmel cracked. “I saw all your movies. Now it’s my turn to make you sit in a theater for three and a half hours.”

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Jamie Lee Curtis wins Best Supporting Actress

Posted March 12, 2023 at 8:41 PM EDT

Jamie Lee Curtis won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her performance in Everything Everywhere All At Once.

Curtis beat out Angela Bassett in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Hong Chau in The Whale, Kerry Condon in The Banshees of Inisherin, and her Everything Everywhere All at Once castmate Stephanie Hsu.

Ke Huy Quan wins best supporting actor

Posted March 12, 2023 at 8:36 PM EDT
Ke Huy Quan poses with the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for "Everything Everywhere All at Once" in the press room during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 12, 2023.
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Ke Huy Quan poses with the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for "Everything Everywhere All at Once" in the press room during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 12, 2023.

Ke Huy Quan has won the Academy Award for best-supporting actor for his role in Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Here's the nominees he beat out: Brian Tyree Henry, Causeway; Judd Hirsch, The Fabelmans; Brendan Gleeson, Banshees on Inisherin; Barry Keoghan, Banshees of Inisherin.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this blog post ran an incorrect photo.

Read more here.

Winners

Follow along with our list of winners

Posted March 12, 2023 at 8:31 PM EDT
Oscar statuettes
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The 95th Academy Awards are underway. We'll be updating our winners list throughout the ceremony. Keep track of the wins right here.

And the 95th Academy Awards are underway

Posted March 12, 2023 at 8:08 PM EDT

Host Jimmy Kimmel is up first with his host's monologue.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Nominees

2023 was a record year for Asian actors at the Oscars

Posted March 12, 2023 at 8:06 PM EDT
Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan and Michelle Yeoh appear onstage during the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Feb. 26, 2023 in Los Angeles, Calif.
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Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan and Michelle Yeoh appear onstage during the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Feb. 26, 2023 in Los Angeles, Calif.

No matter who takes home the gold statuettes tonight, 2023 will be remembered as a watershed year for Asian actors at the Oscars.

Four Oscar nominations for Asian performers in a single year is a record. Three of them – Michelle Yeoh, who is competing for best actress, Ke Huy Quan (best supporting actor) and Stephanie Hsu (best supporting actress) – play the laundromat-owning multiverse-hopping family in Everything Everywhere All at Once. Also in the supporting actress category is Hong Chau, who plays the best friend of Brendan Fraser's title character in The Whale.

While there are also Asian directors and screenwriters among this year’s nominees, in other respects, 2023 represents a step back from diversity for the Motion Picture Academy. With no Black actors nominated for lead performances and no women feature directors nominated, there are still areas of the multiverse that need exploring.

Check out our interviews with Ke Huy Quan and Michelle Yeoh and read more about this record nominations year.

Just for fun

A last-minute menu for your Oscar party

Posted March 12, 2023 at 7:59 PM EDT
There isn't much to the recipe for Triangle(s) of Sadness. Above, a Doritos display in a Target store Los Angeles.
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There isn't much to the recipe for Triangle(s) of Sadness. Above, a Doritos display in a Target store in Los Angeles.

It’s here at last. Hollywood’s Biggest NightTM, when The Stars Come Out to ShineTM. Tinseltown’s Annual Tribute to Dreams Made of Shadow and LightTM. The Gay Super BowlTM.

Which is all well and good, but you’ve got people coming over and you need to supply them with enough grub to fuel them through an opening monologue, 23 categories (each one of which comes factory-installed with cringeworthy banter and a speech), one Thalberg, five best song performances, one In Memoriam segment and an endless succession of pointless, time-eating montages.

It’ll be a long haul, but if you take our advice, your guests will leave with full bellies at the end of the broadcast, or when the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard, whichever comes first.

All Quiet on the Western Runts
This is just a bowl of that hard, shiny, tooth-chipping candy shaped like fruit. Be sure to provide an empty, smaller bowl next to the bowl you serve the candy in so that your guests can discard the gross banana ones, otherwise you’ll be finding them stuffed between your couch cushions and dumped behind your ficus for weeks.

Avatar: The Whey of Water
Fitness-oriented guests who turn up their noses at your other offerings will be grateful for this blueberry smoothie made with plant-based protein powder.

The Banshees of Inisherbert
To truly capture the tragicomic melancholy of McDonagh’s film, this frozen dessert is prepared with cream, egg whites, Guinness and despair.

Tagliattelvis 
Serve this pasta either with a sauce of bacon fat and peanut butter, or all by its lonesome, tonight.

Everything Everywhere All at Bundts
Make many different cakes using the same Bundt pan but using wildly different recipes, at least one of which should be a glamorous movie star. Googly eyes recommended but not necessary.

The Fabelmints
A cut-glass candy dish of soft pillow mints alongside a tiny screen showing a faded projection of those same mints, on a loop.

Steak TÁRtare
Raw ground beef with onions, capers and Worcestershire sauce, topped with an egg yolk. When you ask your guests who wants seconds, they’ll shout, “Me, too!”

Top Gum: Maverick
They say you shouldn’t serve gum at a party. Throw that rule book in the wastebasket, you square-jawed iconoclast!

Triangle(s) of Sadness
Don’t bother with a bowl. Just rip open a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos, leave it on the table and call it a day.

Women Tal-King Crab Legs
Serve steamed, but make sure to keep the legs modestly covered under thick wool at all times.

Nominees

First Timers Club

Posted March 12, 2023 at 7:50 PM EDT
Colin Farrell plays a sweet-souled farmer whose best (human) friend abruptly dumps him in The Banshees of Inisherin.
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Colin Farrell plays a sweet-souled farmer whose best (human) friend abruptly dumps him in The Banshees of Inisherin.

Of the 20 nominees in acting categories this year, 16 are first-timers. Only Cate Blanchett, Michelle Williams, Judd Hirsch and Angela Bassett have been nominated before. Only Blanchett has ever won (twice).

The flood of newcomers includes the entire best actor field — Austin Butler for Elvis, Colin Farrell for The Banshees of Inisherin, Brendan Fraser for The Whale, Bill Nighy for Living, and Paul Mescal for Aftersun. Butler and Fraser have won most of the so-called precursor awards; Butler won the Golden Globe, Fraser won the Screen Actors Guild Award.

There are new nominees who have been around for long enough that their lack of prior nominations feels surprising, like Nighy or Jamie Lee Curtis. But there are also some who are much newer to the scene, like Butler and Stephanie Hsu. And, too, there are comeback stories in both Fraser and Ke Huy Quan, who have both been welcomed as evidence that perseverance can work, even in a punishing industry.

Look Ahead

A preview of what’s to come tonight

Posted March 12, 2023 at 7:42 PM EDT

History’s already been made at the 95th Academy Awards, no matter who takes home the gold statues.

  • More Asian actors have been nominated than in any year in Oscars history.
  • 91-year-old composer John Williams is not only the oldest Oscar nominee ever, with 53 career nods he’s also Oscar’s most-nominated living artist. 
  • Steven Spielberg is the only director to be nominated in each of six decades.
  • Angela Bassett is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe performer to be nominated (after 22 years and 31 movies).

Of course, history was made last year, too – the first deaf best actor (Troy Kotsur), the first best picture win for a streaming service (CODA) – only to be overshadowed by a less salutary, if also history-making “Oscar Slap.”

With Will Smith now banned from the ceremony and protocols in place for handling problems, a repeat is unlikely. But viewership is expected to bounce back, both because of the slap’s notoriety, and because the year’s two biggest blockbusters, Top Gun: Maverick and Avatar: The Way of Water, are nominated for best picture.

Here’s a prediction: The winner will be…

… announced after viewers on the East Coast have gone to bed.

Where to find all the looks from the (not) red carpet

Posted March 12, 2023 at 7:36 PM EDT

Hollywood's biggest stars are making their way into Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre for tonight's ceremony. But in a break with the 62-year tradition, they're walking down a champagne-colored carpet.

What happened to the red color? The organizers said they wanted the space to feel mellow, like walking on a beach at sunset, according to a report fromThe New York Times.

Is it throwing everyone off their fashion game? Decide for yourself — here's NPR's list of the most memorable looks.

Stephanie Hsu attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards.
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Stephanie Hsu attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards.

FYI

How to watch the Oscars tonight

Posted March 12, 2023 at 7:28 PM EDT
A view of the podium and the Oscar statue before the announcement of the 95th Academy Award nominations at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Jan. 24, 2023 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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A view of the podium and the Oscar statue before the announcement of the 95th Academy Award nominations at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Jan. 24, 2023 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Here's everything you need to know about the 95th Academy Awards ceremony:

When are the Oscar Awards this year?

The 95th Academy Awards ceremony will air on Sunday, March 12 at 8 p.m. E.T. with a red carpet pre-show beginning at 6:30 p.m. E.T. The ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

How do I watch them? What if I don't have cable?

ABC will exclusively broadcast the Oscars live. Cable subscribers can tune into the ceremony on their TV, or livestream it on abc.com and through the ABC app.

Don't have cable? You can watch the ceremony through streaming services including Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV. Many of them have free trials!

What should I expect from this year's ceremony?

Unlike last year's ceremony, which saw three hosts, Jimmy Kimmel will be the only one leading the 2023 award proceedings. This will be the comedian and late-night talk show host's third time emceeing the event.

This year, all 23 categories will also be broadcasted live. Last year, the academy made a controversial decision to present eight categories (film editing, original score, production design, makeup and hairstyling, animated short, documentary short, live action short and sound mixing) off air – taping them before the broadcast and editing highlights into the show.

Who is performing?

Following her Superbowl halftime show, Rihanna will sing her Oscar-nominated song "Lift Me Up" from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Sofia Carson and Diane Warren will take the stage to perform their Oscar-nominated song "Applause" from Tell It Like a Woman. David Byrne, Son Lux, and Stephanie Hsu will perform their Oscar-nominated song "This Is a Life" from Everything Everywhere All at Once. And RRR's "Naatu Naatu" will be performed live by Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava.

Who are the favored contenders?

Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert's Everything Everywhere All at Once leads with 11 nominations. Following with nine nods each are Martin McDonagh's The Banshees of Inisherin and Netflix's World War I film All Quiet on the Western Front.

Angela Bassett's supporting actress nomination for her role as Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the Marvel franchise's first Oscar nomination in an acting category. And Michelle Yeoh makes history as the first Asian-identifying nominee for best actress.

The full list of nominations is here.