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Our top 9 K-drama recommendations

By: Mushtaq Yonis & Ajmal Abdirahman

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1. ‘Weightlifting Kim Bok joo’

This k-drama is a must see. If you’re looking for a light hearted k-drama to watch we recommend this to you! It’s a romcom between 2 college students named Kim Bok Joo and Nam Joon-hyung. Kim Bok Joo is a part of the weightlifting club at her university while Nam Joon-hyung is all about swimming, they both meet by unexpected situations.

2. ‘The Penthouse: War in Life’

As its title implies, this k-drama tells the story of the lives of wealthy elites of South Korea who all reside in the “Hera Palace”. This luxury apartment has many secrets that would ruin the lives of anyone who stayed there. In order to protect their reputation, the people living there would do anything, to the point of doing questionable things.

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3. ‘Crash Landing on You’

A strong wind caused an accident during paragliding, causing Yoon Se-ri to land in North Korea as an emergency. While there, she meets Ri Jeong-hyeok, a North Korean soldier. As Yoon Se-ri spends more time with Ri Jeong-hyeok, a romance develops between them as they both attempt to bring Yoon Se-ri back to South Korea.

4. ‘Flower of Evil’

The drama revolves around the relationship between Baek Hee-sung and Cha Ji-won. The couple has a daughter who makes them an ideal family, but Baek Hee-sung is hiding a shameful and cruel past behind his stolen identity.

5. I’t’s Okay to Not Be Okay’

A psychiatric worker named Moon Gang Tae meets a successful children’s book writer named Ko Moon-young. Ko Moon-young is diagnosed with having antisocial personality disorder. During the drama, the two heal each other’s emotional wounds.

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6. ‘True Beauty’

‘True Beauty’ is a k-drama about a girl named, Jugyeong whose life changes as she learns how to use makeup after being bullied because of her ugly looks. She goes to great lengths to never be seen without makeup. But when a guy from her school does, named Suho, she thinks it’s the end of the world. The drama introduces another guy from her school, Han Seo Joon who has a rocky past with Suho. It’s a romantic comedy and every episode is very exciting with new plot twists!

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7. ‘The Glory’

‘The Glory’ is a thriller k-drama about a young woman named Dong-eun. Who was brutally bullied when she was younger to the point where she had to drop out of school. She wants to get revenge on the people who ruined her life and make them pay for their crimes. The plot, the acting and cinematography are top notch. Each episode hooks you in and there’s never a boring moment! This drama is a very intense watch and is actually based on real events.

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8. ‘Sweet Home’

‘Sweet Home’ is an apocalyptic horror k-drama about humans turning into monsters. The main character is a troubled teen named Hyun and he is a high school student. He lost his family in a horrible accident, and now he moves into an apartment alone. Strange things start to happen at his new home, and Hyun must face a new terrible reality where these monsters are trying to wipe out every human in their path. With the residents of his apartment building they fight to survive these monsters. This drama is based on a webtoon, and is highly enjoyable. With many insane twists and turns.

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9. ‘Start Up’

‘Start Up’ is a drama about a group of young people in the world of startup companies. The main character, Seo Dal-mi decides to drop out of university and do part time work to achieve her dream of becoming an entrepreneur similar to Steve Jobs. Along the way she meets another young wanna-be entrepreneur named Nam Do San who also wants to achieve great things. The two, along with many others, learn that the business world is hard and things can be successful but fail in a matter of seconds. The story is very enjoyable, making watchers feel many different emotions, like sadness, happiness and a feeling of inspiration. This drama is very beautiful and it teaches that it’s okay to take risks in life even if you get hurt, you take it as a learning experience.

Best romance movies

By: Rose Ramadan and Thea Berg

* Note: This article contains spoilers

Many movies have been made throughout the years. They range from all different genres and all different story lines. Some are good, some are bad. All are different. Since there is such a wide range of movies, this article will focus on our all time favorite genre: romance.

What makes a good romance movie? In our thoughts, a good romance movie is made from three major components.

Number one, how the main characters meet. There are many different ways for characters to meet: through friends, online, in person. By far, in person is the best way. Blind dates and online don’t seem as romantic.

Number two, the story line. Of course there has to be some type of drama in the movies, either a love triangle or some type of accident.

Number three, a happy ending. After all other components, a happy ending is mandatory to enjoy a romance movie.

The number one favorite movie of the romance genre in our opinion is ‘The Notebook’. This movie follows a plot of two characters who meet and fall in love fast. Their love lasts for a summer; three short months, but it is full of long adventures. They are deeply in love. However, Allie, the main character, leaves for college, leaving behind her true love. In college, she meets a man and falls in love with him and gets engaged. Seven years have passed since she saw her summer love, but once they meet again, it’s like they were in love just yesterday.

This movie has an amazing ending, with the two lovers falling back in love and living their lives how they had always dreamed. The ending is super sad, however, for Allie suffers through dementia and forgets her true love. With their strong love and connection, however, they remember each other at the end and die happily together.

Another amazing romance movie is ‘Titanic’. This movie includes so many amazing components, however, it ends without the happy ending all viewers crave. Rose and Jack fall in love on the Titanic on their way to the United States. Jack is poor and alone, escaping the harshness of his hometown. Rose is rich and lives with her family, who she plans to escape to be with Jack. Once the Titanic splits, the lovebirds try to stay together and alive. However, there isn’t enough space for both of them to survive so Jack ends up dying, leaving Rose heartbroken in the middle of the ocean.

Another romance movie we love is ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’. This movie is about a girl named Andie who works at ‘Composure’ magazine. She wants to write articles about politics and important things, but her boss has other ideas. She wants her to write about love, shoes, boys, etc. She comes up with an article idea after her friend gets dumped for being too clingy. She decides to find a guy and do everything she can to get him to dump her in 10 days. She does anything any guy doesn’t like, such as being too clingy, or too emotional. When she is picking out a guy to test this on, Ben gets a bet to make a girl fall in love with him in 10 days by his coworkers. She chooses Ben for her article without him knowing, and he chooses to make her fall in love with him…without her knowing.

Throughout the 10 days they go through a roller coaster in their relationship. All sorts of crazy things happen between them. She is starting to get annoyed because he is not seeming to lose interest, and he notices she is taking awhile to fall in love with him.

Towards the end of the 10 days they go to Staten Island to visit Ben’s family, while they are there they both fall in love with each other’s true selves. After the 10 days are up they are both at a jewelry show and their secrets are revealed by each other’s bosses. Both of them are mad and Andie storms out. When she is running off to find somewhere else to write articles Ben chases her down and confesses his love. She goes back and finds new places to write about politics and further her relationship with Ben.

There are many more romance movies we could write about, but we will keep it to these three classics, our all time favorites.

Slaying, both literally and metaphorically: A review of ‘M3GAN’

By: Bijou Kruszka

Warning: Spoilers for ‘M3GAN’ and discussions of murder ahead.

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A classic staple of horror films is creepy dolls. From Chucky to Annabelle, there seems to be something particularly horrifying about dolls, especially if they become animate. ‘M3GAN’ introduces a new doll with a fun, modern AI twist. But does the titular M3GAN live up to her predecessors?

Released in January of this year, ‘M3GAN’ follows a little girl named Katie, sent to live with her aunt after her parents are killed in a car crash. Her aunt, who is more technologically savvy than motherly, creates a doll named M3GAN. M3GAN seems like she can do everything, from teaching Katie about the world around her to comforting her in times of emotional turmoil. However, M3GAN’s devotion to Katie is a little too strict, and she begins to murder anyone who wrongs Katie.

Before the movie was released, ‘M3GAN’ already captured the attention of the internet. The trailer, which was mostly formatted like a normal horror movie trailer, was interspersed with clips of M3GAN doing a dance. The dance was so tonally different from the other clips and background music that it was very comedic. The clips immediately went viral, and people were wondering if this was a weird mistake or a marketing ploy.

The trailer, despite its strange comedic feeling, ended up being a perfect preview of the film. This movie is hilarious, and it knows it. The dance scene is the most iconic for sure, as it feels just as out of context in the movie as it was in the trailer. Immediately afterwards, M3GAN kills two people and leaves the building in a red sports car. But, this is not the only funny moment. The comedy is pretty consistent throughout. It opens with an incredibly satirical toy commercial for “Purrpetual Petz,” a toy advertised to outlive you.

My personal favorite moment of the film happens shortly after Katie witnessed a boy that bullied her get pushed out into the road and killed by an oncoming car. She asks M3GAN if he’s in a better place. M3GAN responds “No” and then sings a slow acapella rendition of Sia’s “Titanium” to comfort her. This film knows that it is camp, and takes advantage of it at every turn, making it a thoroughly enjoyable watch.

This movie also has a very good emotional core built into it. The relationship between Katie and her aunt is strenuous, to say the least. But there are a lot of tender, heartfelt moments between the two that make you root for them, despite Katie’s irritating immaturity and the aunt’s incompetence at caretaking. While the “woman can’t balance her career and family” trope is a tired one, this movie does a good job of proving that the aunt can be both focused on her career and still care for Katie, despite her stumbles along the way.

However, it doesn’t exactly work as a horror movie. There are 4 deaths in the movie total (plus a dog, but that one isn’t graphic and I prefer to pretend that part doesn’t exist). But because the movie is focusing on campy comedy so much, it doesn’t really generate much fear during the suspenseful moments. That’s not to say the deaths aren’t gruesome, but if you’re looking for something spine-chilling, ‘M3GAN’ is not your movie.

In the end, ‘M3GAN’ is an enjoyable watch. Its camp comedy cements it as a classic, despite only being released for a few months. It’s a great film to watch with friends, especially if you’re looking for something a little bit darker. If you’re looking for a super-scary horror movie, this isn’t your film. But if you want something with both murder and humor, ‘M3GAN’ is for you.

‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3’

By: Joseph Nelson

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On May 5th, 2023, James Gunn ends one of his most successful trilogies. Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ trilogy started in 2014 when the group of misfits would take the theaters by storm, breaking their box office records of that year. The movie was so successful that we got to see a sequel 3 years later with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’. The sequel would go on to also break box office records and solidify ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ as one of Hollywood’s best superhero movies.

6 years later, Marvel fans received dozens of content and movies that molds the plot for the third installment of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. The audience loved it! With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 82% and a 95% from audience scores. James Gunn’s final send off of his 9 year Marvel project was the best work he has done for the Marvel franchise yet.

Many fans will claim that Marvels recent projects have been pretty meh. But after leaving the theater, those same fans will go on the internet to make videos and talk about how great of an emotional rollercoaster it was for them. Unlike many final Marvel installments, it is hard to find any criticism towards the film as the news filled their headlines with praises and put the film in the best light that they could.

It was truly shown on the big screen that he wanted to end the Guardians of the Galaxy on his own terms. When asked in an interview how he felt about his project finally sunsetting he said “[S]ad and proud.., But I feel like we did what we set out to do and I don’t think we could have done it much better than how we did it.”

Now, like many Marvel installments, just because the main series movies are over doesn’t mean that this will be the last time we will see these misfits on the big screen as Marvel has a tendency to include cameos in their main series films like the Avengers movies.

Overall, it was a bittersweet ending to the movie series that we have come to love and adore and it will be interesting to see what Marvel does next.

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‘The Barbie Movie’ trailer

By: Greta Johnson

Last month, the full trailer for ‘The Barbie Movie’ was released. Directed by Greta Gerwig and based on the Barbie toy distributed by Mattel, this movie has many people excited and planning to see it as soon as it’s released. It stars Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Issa Rae, Simu Liu, Michael Cera and many more celebrities. The trailer that was recently released has about 10.5 million views on YouTube and went viral on social media.

This trailer is about 1 minute and 45 seconds long and it shows Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken. The general summary says “After being expelled from Barbie Land for being a less than perfect-looking doll, Barbie sets off for the human world to find true happiness.” We don’t know a lot more about this movie but many people are counting down the days until its release.

In total there are over 41 Barbie movies. Most are animated and made by the same production studio. They show Barbie and her friends adventures and are more low budget films.

This Barbie movie has a budget of 100 million dollars and has been “in the making” for awhile. First announced in 2019, it is set to release July 21, 2023. This movie seems like the most awaited movie of the summer. Surprisingly, the movie is rated PG-13 and it’s directed more for adults and “big kids” than younger kids.

Currently that’s all the information we have on this new movie but I’m sure in the coming weeks more information will come out regarding storyline, actors, and general information on the film.

The upcoming ‘Five Nights At Freddy’s’ movie

By: Julia Yang

You may not have heard, but Blumhouse Productions is making a Five Nights at Freddy’s movie. A Five Nights at Freddy’s movie has been long awaited by its fans and community. Some people have waited 5-7 years for a movie to come out, and fans couldn’t believe it when Blumhouse said it was really happening.

It’s being directed by Emma Tammi and written by Seth Cuddeback and Scott Cawthon — the creator of the FNAF franchise.

Scott Cawthon has been retired from the Five Nights at Freddy’s community ever since June of 2021 because of controversy around his political beliefs. Scott stated that he would not be stepping back entirely, but would play a lesser role in the development of FNAF. Even so, Scott has come back one last time as the FNAF creator to help write and release this movie that his fans have wanted for so long to see.

For those who are interested in watching, the movie is going to be live-action and won’t hold back on any violence or gore. It will be very detailed and explicit with the darkness that is Five Nights at Freddy’s. This means that minors are heavily advised to skip this movie and leave it to another year or four.

There have already been many set leaks and behind the scene pictures and videos of the movie being made; fans seeing these pictures makes them all the more impatient. Here are a few:

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Here is a list of the cast that we know of:

  • Kellen Goff as Michael Schmidt.
  • Bill Skarsgard as William Afton (The Purple Guy).
  • Scott Cawthon as The Phone Guy.
  • Frank Welker as The Pizzeria Manager.
  • Nathan Gamble as C.C Afton (Opening Scene).
  • Real Robots-Animatronics as Freddy, Bonnie, Chica, Foxy, Golden Freddy (Fredbear (Opening Scene) and Spring-Bonnie (Opening Scene).

The Five Nights at Freddy’s movie releases on October 27th of 2023, so be ready, and be excited!

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‘Super Mario Bro’s’ breaking the box office

By: Joseph Nelson

Critics were very hesitant when it came to test screening for the new Mario movie that would hit theaters soon, giving it only a 54% Rotten Tomatoes score before the premiere ,which led to many moviegoers being cautious when buying tickets to see their favorite plumber characters. Little did the critics know how wrong they would be…

The film “Super Mario Bros” is an animated film based off of the 90’s game ‘Super Mario 64’ and its adaptations afterwards so many early Gen Z babies and late Millennials were very excited to finally see their favorite plumbers on the big screen. This showed with the first weekend of the movie being out with the movie making $377 million in the box offices world wide. To put into perspective, ‘Frozen 2’ made $358 million in its first weekend, the movie sequel that followed up from the song (“Let It Go”) that many kids sang for months after release.

Many were surprised by the statistics of moviegoers with 45% of the audience being from the ages of 18-34, which to many was a total shock, but to the people who know about the games and their community, they really didn’t bat an eye.

Many also came to see their favorite A-list actors in an animated movie, as this film hosted some of the biggest actors on the scene with Chris Pratt as Mario, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Micheal Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach. The production did not waste any money on the casting which turned out to work great. Even after many concerns about the casting, many were pleasantly surprised by how well the actors played their roles.

Two weeks have passed now, and ‘Super Mario Bros’ have now passed as the leading movie in the box offices with many viewers going twice to see the brothers again. In fact, the movie only dropped 41% in sales after its record breaking weekend, which for many critics is unheard of as usually movies drop down on average 60% of its first opening week. I like to think that this goes to show that even critics can be surprised by the success of what many were to believe as a flop of a movie.

A history of the Addams Family

By: Bijou Kruszka

The Addams Family: everyone has heard of them. With its distinct characters and deadpan, dark humor, the franchise has certainly cemented its place in popular culture. For those unfamiliar, the Addams Family consists of Gomez, the sword-wielding father; Morticia, the dark, seductive mother; Wednesday, the sarcastic daughter; Pugsley, the pain-tolerant brother; Fester, the eccentric uncle; Grandma, the kooky old lady; Lurch, the zombie butler; and Cousin It, a literal ball of hair. So, needless to say, there’s a lot of oddities to be found in these characters. However, they’ve been through a lot of different variations.

While most people think of the Addams family as characters from the silver screen, they actually started off as comic characters. The Addams Family debuted in 1938, as the creation of cartoonist Charles Addams. They appeared in single-panel comics in the publication ‘The New Yorker’. Looking at these comics, it is very clear to see the origin of these characters. However, originally they had no names or dialogue, only known as the Addams family because they were drawn by Charles Addams. Charles Addams drew 150 Addams Family comics in his lifetime.

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Inspired by Addams’s comics, David Levy brought the Addams Family to television. Premiering on September 18th, 1964, this version of the Addams family created the characters we know and love today. Their dark sense of humor and macabre personalities captured the attention of many viewers. Plus, the TV show debuted the iconic, snapping theme song, composed by Vic Mizzy. Every Friday night at 8:30pm, viewers everywhere would tune in to watch the odd sitcom. The show ran on ABC for 64 episodes, plus a holiday special, concluding in 1967.

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After the end of the television show, the Addams Family went relatively silent until 1991, when Paramount released the film ‘The Addams Family’. The film was directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starred Anjelica Huston, Christina Ricci, Raul Julia and Christopher Lloyd. The plot follows a doppelgänger of Fester trying to infiltrate the Addams family. It was relatively well-received with audiences and critics alike, and led to a sequel in 1993: ‘Addams Family Values’. The main cast from the previous film returned, along with famed actress Joan Cusack. There was also a straight-to-DVD movie ‘Addams Family Reunion’, which replaced Raul Julia with Tim Curry. The film series is probably the most well-known and iconic piece of the franchise.

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In 2019, another Addams Family movie was released, but this time the family was animated. The character designs drew heavily from the comics, but they were updated to make it three-dimensional. The movie featured a star-studded cast, with celebrities like Nick Kroll, Finn Wolfhard, Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, and Bette Midler all lending their voices. The movie led to mediocre critical reviews, but grossed $200 million in the box office. So, in 2021, ‘The Addams Family 2’ was released, which followed the family on a road trip. It received much less favorable reviews, and grossed $120 million.

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Most recently, Netflix released the series ‘Wednesday’. Where Wednesday differs from previous adaptations is the significant lack of the rest of the Addams family. It only focuses on Wednesday, as she attends a mysterious boarding school. It still manages to keep the deadpan tone of the Addams family though. Directed by Tim Burton and starring Jenna Ortega, this series rose to unprecedented popularity through TikTok, becoming a viral hit with teens everywhere.

The final adaptation on this list is the Addams Family musical. Premiering on Broadway in 2010, this show keeps the macabre humor that the Addams family is known for, adds a musical twist, and is overall an incredibly fun watch. If you want to watch something related to the Addams family soon, you’re in luck. Highland Park’s very own production of ‘The Addams Family’ is opening on April 20th at 7pm. The other showtimes are April 21st at 7pm, and April 22nd at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Everyone involved in the production has worked very hard to make it a good one, and we hope to see you there!

‘Cocaine Bear’ movie review

By: Greta Johnson

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The 2023 movie ‘Cocaine Bear’ is a 90 minute film based loosely on a true story. It’s about an American black bear in Georgia who ingested some cocaine that had been dropped from a plane into the Georgia wilderness. The bear then goes on a wild killing rampage and its only goal is to ingest more cocaine. Most of the characters in this movie are satire tropes who make bad decisions to move the plot along.

There’s a 13-year-old girl and her best friend (who go into the woods to see the falls), a park ranger, a group of teenage boys, 2 police officers, a mom and a man who works with animals. All these characters have encounters with the bear that are actually pretty funny.

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Even though parts of the movie are honestly pretty gory and suspenseful, there’s a comedic feeling to the plot and dialect. I really liked this, I thought it made the movie worth watching and super enjoyable. I really like how all the actors portray their characters. Their reactions and how they handle all the situations feel real, not like some horror movies where they make the worst choice possible every time.

Overall, I really liked this movie. I thought it was comedic and did a great job making fun of a crazy situation. The whole storyline was honestly really crazy. There were many points in the movie that had me so surprised, I was laughing. I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants a good laugh but you should be ready for some really bloody and gory scenes that will probably gross you out a little too.

I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

You can see ‘Cocaine Bear’ in theaters.

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.