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“EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE’ WINS BIG AT OSCARS
With seven awards, the awards season Cinderella was the Oscars’ big winner. Capping a huge haul at Hollywood’s biggest night, the movie won best picture to close the night.
Going into the night with 11 nods, the film helmed by the duo known as the Daniels also picked up awards for best actress (Michelle Yeoh), best supporting actor (Ke Huy Quan), best supporting actress (Jamie Lee Curtis), best director, best original screenplay and best film editing.
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HARRISON FORD PRESENTS BEST PICTURE OSCAR — AGAIN
Harrison Ford presented the Oscar for best picture solo tonight, after Glenn Close had to drop out because of a COVID-19 diagnosis. Ford previously presented the top award in 1999 to “Shakespeare in Love.”
A HISTORIC WIN FOR YEOH
For Michelle Yeoh, it was an Oscar.
For Asian women, it was history.
Yeoh (“Everything Everywhere All At Once”) became the first Asian woman to win best actress.
Like many winners, she let the emotions out when she got on stage. Clutching at her chest, she laughed nervously, took a deep breath and said “thank you” twice.
“For all the little boys and girls who look like me, watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibilities,” Yeoh said, as she hoisted the statuette. “And ladies,” the 60-year-old Malaysian-born actor added, “don’t let anybody tell you are ever past your prime.”
BRENDAN FRASER WINS FOR ‘THE WHALE’
Brendan Fraser was “The Whale.”
He’s now the winner.
Fraser’s journey is complete. He’s an Oscar winner, after the performance of his lifetime. Fraser won Best Actor for “The Whale” on Sunday at the Oscars, the crowd at the Dolby Theater erupting in what seemed like one of the loudest ovations of the night when he was announced.
“I started in this business 30 years ago. Things didn’t come easily to me but there was a facility that I didn’t appreciate at the time until it stopped,” an emotional Fraser said. “I just wanted to say thank you for this acknowledgment.”
THE DANIELS BRING ‘EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE’ TO 5 OSCARS
With the win for best director, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert brings the awards season Cinderella to five Oscars — and best actress and best picture still lie ahead.
The Daniels also picked up a best original screenplay Oscar. The movie has also picked up wins in editing, supporting actor and supporting actress.
In accepting the directing award, Kwan subverted the Asian dad trope by telling his son that winning an Oscar is not normal — and he won’t have to live up to this.
Scheinert used his speech to underscore that drag should not be under attack, as it has been from conservative activists.
“We want to dedicate this to the mommies, all the mommies of the world, to our moms, specifically to my mom and dad, Ken and Becky, thank you for not squashing my creativity when I was making really disturbing horror films or really perverted comedy films or dressing in drag as a kid — which is a threat to nobody,” Scheinert said.
KIMMEL WITH A JAN. 6 ZING
Jimmy Kimmel couldn’t resist a chance to make a Jan. 6 reference after the Oscar for editing was handed out.
“Editors do amazing things,” Kimmel said. “Editors can turn 44,000 hours of violent insurrection footage into a respectful sightseeing tour of The Capitol. Their work is underappreciated.”
It was an obvious reference to how Fox News’ Tucker Carlson was given footage so he could launch a new effort to explain away the deadly Capitol attack, linking the Republican Party ever more closely to pro-Trump conspiracy theories about the 2021 riot.
John Travolta choked up while introducing the In Memoriam segment, which was soundtracked by Lenny Kravitz’s live performance.
Without saying any specific names, he spoke of those “who we will always remain hopelessly devoted to,” Travolta said in a clear reference to his “Grease” co-star Olivia Newton-John. She died in August and was the first name shown.
With perennial complaints about the segment excluding some figures, a website was flashed at the end, encouraging people to check out legends lost. Among the many who were remembered during the telecast: Irene Cara, Ray Liotta, Nichelle Nichols, Angela Lansbury, Louise Fletcher, Burt Bacharach, Mary Alice, Gina Lollobrigida, James Caan and Raquel Welch. Among those who were not: the recently deceased actors Tom Sizemore and Robert Blake.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG GOES TO ‘NAATU NAATU’
After five performances, the Oscar for original song is finally announced: “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR.”
The song from the Telugu-language film was performed by playback singers Kaala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj and a phalanx of dancers earlier in the night.
“RRR has to win, pride of every Indian … and has put me at the top of the world,” M.M. Keeravani sang to the tune of The Carpenters’ “Top of the World” while accepting the award alongside Chandrabose.
SCREENPLAY AWARD WINNERS GIVE MEMORABLE REACTIONS
Daniel Scheinert thanked a long list of his former teachers. Daniel Kwan revealed that he still deals to confidence issues.
They’re Oscar winners now, after taking home the original screenplay award for “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
“I never thought I was good enough. I have self-esteem problems,” Kwan said.
The adapted screenplay award went to Sarah Polley for “Women Talking.” And she, like Scheinert and Kwan, was memorable in her speech.
“First of all, I just want to thank the academy for not being mortally offended by the words ‘Women’ and ‘Talking’ put so close together like that,” Polley said. “Cheers.”
A TOAST TO RIHANNA
At the end of Rihanna’s performance of “Lift Me Up,” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” A$AP Rocky could be seen with a champagne toast. The couple has one son and another child on the way — iconically revealed in the wake of Rihanna’s Super Bowl halftime show last month.
LADY GAGA’S STRIPPED DOWN PERFORMANCE
You might think Lady Gaga’s bare-faced, ripped-jeans-and-T-shirt appearance during her performance of “Hold My Hand” was because it was all last minute. After all, producers had said just days before that she wouldn’t perform the best original song nominee from “Top Gun: Maverick” and it was only revealed today that she had been slotted in
But Gaga was dazzling on the champagne carpet before the show, in a Valentino gown and full makeup, presenting a very different aesthetic two hours later.
‘ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT’ REPEATS HISTORY
The German film “All Quiet on the Western Front” won best international picture. The movie’s victory reflected the success of the original 1930 American film, which won Oscars for best picture and best director.
The 2022 version is also up for best picture.
‘THE LAST OF US’ VS. THE OSCARS
Pedro Pascal is in two places at once. As he presented the Oscar for best documentary short alongside Elizabeth Olsen on ABC, Pascal was also watchable on HBO as “The Last of Us” aired its season finale.
The zombie apocalypse hit was up against the Oscars during the 9-10 p.m. hour. While the show moved its time slot for the Super Bowl, it didn’t back down against the Academy Awards. AP reporter Alicia Rancilio had more on the matchup.
SPRING FORWARD, INTO A SHOW-IS-LONG JOKE
It’s a frequent complaint at awards shows like the Oscars: The program is too long.
And host Jimmy Kimmel evidently agrees, with a joke that almost seemed obligatory given today’s time change.
“I know we lost an hour because of daylight saving time but I spoke to the producers and good news: We’ve added that hour into the telecast,” Kimmel said.
JENNY THE DONKEY IS GUEST OF HONOR
Jenny, who played the donkey in “The Banshees of Inisherin,” graced the Oscars stage wearing a bedazzled emotional support animal vest.
“Not only is Jenny an actor, she’s a certified emotional support donkey,” host Jimmy Kimmel said. “At least that’s what we told the airline to get her on the plane from Ireland.”
As Kimmel pointed out her co-stars seated in the audience, Colin Farrell blew her a kiss.
Farrell thanked Jenny when he won a Golden Globe earlier this year.
JAMIE LEE CURTIS: ‘I KNOW THAT THEY WOULD BE INCREDIBLY PROUD OF ME’
Before best supporting actress winner Jamie Lee Curtis entered the press room to take questions, she grabbed the mic from the moderator to announce her presence.
“Everyone,” she said in a deep mock announcer’s voice, “the apparent Oscar winner Jamie Lee Curtis is entering the room.”
When reporters held up the numbers they use to show they have a question for the winner, it looked an awful lot like an auction.
“What are they bidding on?” Curtis asked.
She was asked if she thought the Oscar acting categories should no longer be divided between men and women, she said she thought it wasn’t a bad idea, but she had mixed feelings.
“As the mother of a trans daughter, I understand that,” she said. “But if we de-gender the category, I’m concerned it will mean less opportunities for women.”
Next she was asked whether she thought her famous parents, Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, were looking down on her.
“I’ll be honest. I don’t believe in a world where there are a bunch of people looking down on us,” But I believe we ARE them… and I know that they would be incredibly proud of me.”
STEPHANIE HSU STEPS IN FOR MITSKI
David Byrne kept it frank at the Oscars. When the former Talking Heads singer performed best original song nominee “This is the Life” from “Everything Everywhere All at Once” with star Stephanie Hsu and the band Son Lux, he raised his hands in the middle of the first verse to show he was sporting the hot dog fingers the characters had in one of the movie’s multiverses.
Hsu, who was nominated for supporting actress earlier in the night, stepped in for singer Mitski.
A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR ‘AN IRISH GOODBYE’ STAR
Here’s an Oscar song that wasn’t planned: “Happy birthday” was performed, on stage and by many in the audience, for “An Irish Goodbye” star James Martin after the movie won best live action short film. The actor turned 31 on Sunday.
Martin has Down syndrome, and his story — from Starbucks barista to the Oscar stage — has captured the imagination of many in recent weeks.
DEL TORO: ‘DO YOU WANT ME TO REPEAT THE ANSWER IN ENGLISH?’
After Guillermo Del Toro, animated feature winner for “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,” got a backstage question, and gave an answer, in Spanish, the moderator asked that reporters who ask non-English questions repeat them in English for the benefit of the entire press room.
“Do you want me to repeat the answer in English?” said Del Toro, a little peeved. “Because I can. What the f—-?”
After he repeated the answer, in which he said, “This is an important year for Latin America in animation,” he got a round of applause.
‘NAVALNY’ WINS FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
My husband is in prison just for telling the truth. My husband is in prison just for defending democracy,” Yulia Navalnaya said. “Alexei, I am dreaming of the day when you will be free and our country will be free. Stay strong, my love.”
The documentary “Navalny ” follows the Russian opposition leader and his poisoning. Navalny is now in solitary confinement in prison in Russia.
JAMIE LEE CURTIS TAKES BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
“My mother and father were both nominated for Oscars in different categories — I just won an Oscar!”
— Jamie Lee Curtis said, crying. Her parents were actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.
“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” nominated for 11 awards tonight is so far two for two.
KE HUY QUAN TAKES BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
From the second Ke Huy Quan’s win for best supporting actor was announced, there were tears.
Presenter Ariana DeBose choked up while reading the name of the “Everything Everywhere All at Once” actor, and Quan was emotional throughout while delivering a rousing acceptance speech.
“My journey started on a boat. I spent a year in a refugee camp,” Quan said. “Somehow, I ended up here on Hollywood’s biggest stage. They say stories like this only happen in the movies. I cannot believe it’s happening to me. This — THIS — is the American dream.”
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“Please help us keep animation in the conversation.”
— Guillermo del Toro, accepting the Oscar for animated feature for “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio.”
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE FOR THE SLAP TO COME UP?
Jimmy Kimmel was guaranteed to reference The Slap in his monologue — he needed a little over seven minutes (about 10 1/2 minutes into the telecast) before he made his first veiled reference to Will Smith’s infamous slapping of Chris Rock last year.
“We have nominees from every corner of Dublin,” Kimmel said. “Five Irish actors are nominated tonight, which means the odds of another fight on stage just went way up.”
Less than three minutes later, he was a little more direct: “We want you to have fun, we want you to feel safe, and most importantly, we want me to feel safe,” Kimmel said. “So we have strict policies in place. If anyone in this theater commits an act of violence at any point in this show, you will be awarded the Oscar for Best Actor and permitted to give a 19-minute long speech.”
Smith won his best actor Oscar not long after the slap.
OSCARS NO SHOWS
“Top Gun” star Tom Cruise and “Avatar: The Way of Water” director James Cameron are not in attendance tonight.
“The two guys who insisted we go to the theater, did not show up at the theater,” host Jimmy Kimmel quipped during the monologue.
LOTS OF NEWCOMER NOMINEES
Of the 20 actors up for the biggest individual prizes in their fields Sunday night — best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best supporting actress — 16 are first-time nominees, which host Jimmy Kimmel called out in his monologue after parachuting in.
Cate Blanchett (“Tar”) is the only acting nominee to have won (twice). One of her fellow best actress nominees, Michelle Williams (“The Fabelmans,”) is now a five-time Oscar nominee but is still seeking her first win.
The other two non-first-time nominees on the list have waited a long time for today.
Angela Bassett (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”) is now a two-time nominee, after being up for best actress following her portrayal of Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got to do With It” at the awards in 1994. And Judd Hirsch (“The Fabelmans”) got his only previous nomination in 1980, for his work in “Ordinary People” — when he lost to one of his co-stars in that film, Timothy Hutton.
JIMMY KIMMEL, MAVERICK
The telecast opened with a montage from the nominees, before cutting to Jimmy Kimmel in the cockpit of a fighter jet flown by “Top Gun: Maverick” star Tom Cruise. Cruise demanded Kimmel eject in the video before the camera cut to the exterior of the Dolby, over which two jets flew over. Kimmel then “parachuted” onstage before beginning his monologue.
LADY GAGA ARRIVES
Lady Gaga isn’t kidding around — she’s not only added a last-minute performance at the Oscars, but also walked its carpet.
The “Hold My Hand” singer wasn’t expected at the show but was confirmed as a performer Sunday. She was among the late arrivals on the Oscars’ champagne-colored carpet.
Producers had initially cited her schedule on the “Joker” sequel as the reason she couldn’t perform.
The superstar could win her second Academy Award if the “Top Gun: Maverick” track wins best original song Sunday.
SCENES FROM THE CHAMPAGNE CARPET
Jessica Chastain and Nicole Kidman shared an intimate moment, with both stars in glittery sequins. Chastain blew Kidman as a kiss as they separated, roving carpet reporter and AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr reports.
Behind them best actress nominee Michelle Yeoh was whisked down the carpet, with both a publicist and security clearing the way for her.
The “Everything Everywhere All at Once” crew was among the later arrivals to the show that they’re widely expected to sweep.
Supporting actor nominee Ke Huy Quan followed moments later, waving excitedly to cameras and fans.
At 4:30 p.m. Pacific, it’s getting close to showtime and attendees are supposed to be in seats by 4:45. Rooney Mara and best actress nominee Michelle Williams arrived close together, walking slowly down the now somewhat dirty champagne carpet, and Michael B. Jordan waved to photographers.
ANGELA BASSETT IS ‘PRETTY CHILL’
Angela Bassett, supporting actress nominee for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” is poised to just do her thing.
“The last couple hours, I’ve been pretty chill,” she told AP.
Brendan Fraser went for the traditional black tuxedo. Fan Bingbing was regal in sparkling silver and emerald green. Sofia Carson stunned in princess white. Monica Barbaro went with a two-tone gown. See all the fashion news from AP’s spot along the Oscars carpet here.
AUSTIN BUTLER REALLY LOVES THE OSCARS
Best actor nominee Austin Butler is a longtime fan of the Oscars — and he’s likely to get emotional.
“Even when I was a kid, I would watch and,” he told AP, if “there was a sound mixer who would win and I would get tears in my eyes,” he told AP.
Butler is considered a top contender for his turn as the star of “Elvis.”
NOBEL LAUREATES AT THE OSCARS
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, 25, was a producer on “Stranger at the Gate,” a nominee for short documentary film. Dressed in a silver Ralph Lauren gown, she said her dress represented “peace, love, harmony.”
“I feel so much myself in it,” she told the AP.
She’s not the only Nobel laureate with a stake in tonight’s Oscars — the Peace Prize winner is joined by Nobel Literature Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro, who is nominated for best adapted screenplay for “Looking.”
SCENES FROM THE CHAMPAGNE CARPET
Jamie Lee Curtis caused a bit of a frenzy in the fan bleachers. The supporting actress nominee clasped her hands together as if to say thanks for the support before she was whisked away to the Dolby Theatre leaving some whispering “Wait, where’d Jamie Lee go?”
Draped in gold, Sigourney Weaver made her own beeline down the carpet, bypassing dozens of shouting reporters.
Elsewhere Allison Williams seamlessly slipped through the crowds despite her billowing train, as Mindy Kaling squealed to find her friend Marissa Ross on the carpet as both cooed how amazing one another looked. Miranda July, who narrated the nominated documentary “Fire of Love,” meanwhile stayed choose to her director Sara Dosa.
JAMIE LEE CURTIS HAS NOTHING BUT LOVE FOR FELLOW NOMINEES
Supporting actress nominee Jamie Lee Curtis has enjoyed getting to know her fellow nominees during this award season journey.
“I feel like we all got human with each other, that we became human beings with our own lives and husbands and wives and kids and dogs and the humanizing takes away the competition,” Curtis said. “It’s not a competition, it’s just artists.”
AT 94, JAMES HONG FINALLY AT OSCARS
James Hong was 3 months old when the first Oscars were handed out in 1929.
At 94, he’s finally made the show.
Wearing a bow tie with googly eyes, the “Everything Everywhere All At Once” actor arrived in his typically playful mood for the Oscars.
“It shows if you wait long enough, you’ll make it,” Hong told ABC as he walked the champagne-colored carpet. “I’m very happy that my mother fed me those bitter herbs when I was young. That’s carried me on now to 94 and one month.”
ALEXEI NAVALNY’S DAUGHTER SPEAKS
The daughter of Russian political prisoner Alexei Navalny, Dasha Navalnaya, said it was difficult to be attending the Oscars to bring attention to the documentary about her father’s imprisonment, but he wanted her there.
“I’m fighting for freedom of speech and trying to get Alexei out, my dad, and fighting for democracy in Russia,” she told the AP on the red carpet.
“We’re having a good time but we’re not losing sight of the fact that we made a film about the world’s foremost political prisoner and we have a very strong message to say. That’s freedom to Alexei Navalny and being here on this carpet, speaking to folks like you is a perfect platform we need to talk about our movie and to talk about Alexei,” said “Navalny” director Daniel Roher.
BRENDAN FRASER CAUSES FRENZY
A-list nominees often wait until the last minute to arrive, but press and photographers were in a tizzy to see that best actor nominee Brendan Fraser had arrived just after 2 p.m. Pacific.
Many crowded around him to get shots and comments and plans elsewhere had to be rearranged to accommodate the crowd. Several men holding the Wolfgang Puck Governors Ball food on a large table were rerouted to the back of the carpet, waiting for the Fraser frenzy to clear.
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