The Oscars

By: Biftu Osman and Hannah Gliedman

The Oscars, also referred to as the Academy Awards, are notable awards awarded to people in the film industry who have achieved artistic and technical excellence. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences presents it every year.

The event was formed in 1927, but the award ceremonies began in 1929, and winners of each category have received a gold-plated statuette known as an Oscar. This year marked the 95th anniversary of the Academy Awards.

On Sunday, March 12th, it was televised nationally from the Dolby Theater at the Ovation Hollywood.

Aside from the awards, the night of the Oscars is one many look at as one of the biggest nights in Hollywood, and this year was no different. The fashion and red carpet started the evening with excitement. Rihanna came in a black leather, pleated Alaïa dress while also being pregnant. Malala Yousafzai arrived in a silver rhinestone Ralph Lauren dress. Cara Delevinge came dressed in a beautiful, red, long dress with a rose on her shoulder, she was dressed by Elie Saab.

Along with some of the best dressed, there were also some stars dubbed the worst dressed at the Oscars. These people include Halle Berry in Tamara Ralph, Eva Longoria in Zuhair Murad, and as much as we hate to say it, Florence Pugh in Valentino.

Even without being named on a worst or best dressed list, many celebrities attended the Oscars. With or without nominations, some of these actors included: Andrew Garfield, Michael B. Jordan, Emily Blunt, Cate Blanchett, Kate Hudson, Ana de Armas, Nicole Kidman, Mindy Kaling, and many more.

Host, Jimmy Kimmel, started out the evening with a bang. He crash landed on stage with a parachute.

There are 23 possible categories films could win an Oscar for. Categories called “big five” are the five most recognizable categories, they include: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay.

‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’, is a horror/sci-fi film that came out in March of 2022. The movie, along with its directors and lead actress, won 7 Academy Awards.

The movie won the Best Picture award out of the 10 films nominated, as well as the majority of the other Oscars.

Against four other nominees, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert received the best director award, Michelle Yeoh won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as the lead character in ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’, and the movie received the award for Best Original Screenplay.

Brenden Fraser won the award for Best Actor in a Lead Role, as his character Charlie, in the movie ‘The Whale’.

Outside of the main “best five” categories, we personally believe the following categories are equally as significant to the Oscars; Best Animated Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects, and Best Film Editing.

  • Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Pinocchio’ won Best Animated Film over four other nominees.
  • ‘Nalvany’ won the Oscar for Best Documentary, beating out four other nominees.
  • ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design.
  • The Academy Award for Best Visual Effects went to ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’.
  • Finally, ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ received the Best Film Editing Oscar.

There were a couple firsts during the Oscars this year.

The award for best original song went to “Naatu Naatu” from the movie ‘RRR’, which marked the first time an Indian song won this category. The song also beat out Rihanna for the song “Lift Me Up” from the movie ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’.

When Michelle Yeoh won the award for best actress, for her performance in ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’, she became the first Asian actor to win in the best actor category.

There were also many interesting and exciting moments throughout the night besides the awards. Many artists came to sing, these people include Lady Gaga singing “Hold My Hand” from the movie ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ and Rihanna sang “Lift Me Up’”

There were also moments of remembrance throughout the night. Lenny Kravitz performed “Calling All Angels” from his 2004 album in the memorial tribute. John Travolta came out to honor his late co-star Olivia Newton-John. This year’s tribute also honored Vangelis, Jean-Luc Godard, James Caan, Ray Liotta, Angelo Badalamenti, Burt Bacharach, Angela Lansbury, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Whitlock, Mary Alice, and Douglas Kirkland, among others.

Overall, the Oscars were a very exciting and memorable night that honored and emphasized many different actors.

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