Oscars bring an optimistic unity amongst Hollywood’s top entertainers
The 2023 Academy Awards closed out the awards season with a night of mutual respects shared between Hollywood’s best and brightest casts and crews present throughout the night. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the evening was interjected by performances from Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Sofia Carson and Diane Warren. With acclaimed projects taking home the well deserved prize, theatrical performances, and a star studded lineup, the Oscars kept it all about the art.
Everything Everywhere All At Once, the thought provoking and visually mind boggling spectacle, took home seven Oscars including Best directing for Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert who acknowledged that “genius emerges from the collective”, thanking their cast and crew who made the project what it was. Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis took over the Best supporting actor and actress categories with emotional wins and Michell Yeoh became the first Asian woman to win the award for Best Actress, presented by the first woman of colour to win the award, Halle Berry. To close out the night, the film also took home the Best Picture Award.
Brendan Frasier’s performance in A24’s The Whale, which had the award season line-up buzzing with conversation to his predicted Oscar winning worth, lived up to the hope, as he took home the win for Best Actor. Frasier, who played the reclusive and obese English professor Charlie, transformed tremendously for the role, bringing about an emotionality that could only be fully rewarded with the golden figure of his recent award. Making this transformation possible were makeup and hairstyling winners Adrien Morot, Judy Chin and Annemarie Bradley, who’s crafting of the 200lb body suit made use of 3D printing technologies and visual makeover tallied up a minimum time of 3.5 hours.
Breaking up the night were some noteworthy performances, including recent Superbowl half time show headliner Rihanna who performed her Black Panther: Wakanda Forever track Lift Me Up which was nominated for Best Original Song brought about by collaborators Tems, Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Goransson with lyrics by Tems and Ryan Coogler. However, taking to the stage and taking home the win for the category was Naatu Naatu from Telugu action drama RRR. Other performances included a peeled back display from Lady Gaga, a piano rendition by Lenny Kravitz and a heart warming ode to women across the world by Sophia Carson and Diane Warren.
Images courtesy of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
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