Lights, Camera, Oscars! Hollywood’s Biggest Night showed up and showed out. Oscar’s the most anticipated award show 0f 2023 kicked off, and dare we say, it was pretty good. Yes, this Oscars was slap-free, unlike the previous year, but that didn’t stop host Jimmy Kimmel from making light of it.
“We want you to have fun, feel safe and, most importantly, we want me feel safe,” Kimmel told the audience. “So, we have strict policies in pace. 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. But seriously, the academy has a crisis team in place. If anything unpredictable or violent happens during the show, sit there and do absolutely nothing. Maybe even give the assailant a hug.”
Or how about this one
Once the ceremony approached the two-hour mark, Kimmel quipped,
“At this point in the show, it kind of makes you miss the slapping a little bit, right?”
It was all in good fun, but let’s get into the Yessss Oscars and the WTF Oscars of the night.
Back to Jimmy Kimmel, he did well hosting the 95 Academy Awards for the third time. It was a nice balance of not being too offensive but not being dry. He’s the safe option, and we’re ok with that. Good job jimmy
Um, have to mention some notable fashions because, duh! There were some nice looky-loos tonight that must be addressed. The effervescent Angela Basset stays bodying any color-carpeted event, and she wore a Purple Moschino dress this time. Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson looked lovely in his Ballet Pink D&G Suit. Others are Cara Delevingne, Ke Huy Quan, and more. So many nice looks it needs its own dedicated article.
Stripping away all the glitz and glam to give audience viewers a raw performance is exactly what Lady Gaga did. Dawning black jeans and a black t-shirt, sitting on a black stool, performing her Oscar-nominated song “Hold My Hand” from the movie Top Gun: Maverick alongside musician BloodPop. This was refreshing and jarring in a good way. On a night when everything is so flashy, to take that away, it was a nice cool down. Also, I can’t mention this performance without mentioning the greatness that was “Naatu Naatu” from the film “RRR.” If high-energy nonstop dancing in a Bollywood extravaganza is what you wanted, they surely delivered.
We have to mention our black man joy duo. Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors. Their first time as presenters at the Oscars, they did a decent job. They are literally all the buzz in the Hollywood streets, so only makes sense for them to be there. Plus, it was nice to see Michael B. shout out his favorite “aunty” Angela Basset, from the stage.
If you can remember the “Damn Daniel “ viral video from some time ago, then let’s apply that saying here, only change it to Damn Daniels! Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert had an incredible night. Winning Best Directors, Best Picture, Best Orignal Screenplay. Plus, the movie overall took home more awards. The best part was the genuineness of who they are shining through every time they got up on that stage to give their acceptance speeches.
The boys are back. Ke Huy Quan and Brendan Fraser both won their very first Oscars! Ke Huy Quan won “Best Supporting Actor” for his portrayal of Waymond Wang in Everything Everywhere All At Once and Brendan Fraser won “Best Actor” for his portrayal of Charlie in “The Whale” This is a huge deal when you see all that they’ve been through to reach this point in their careers. It’s so inspirational, and if you care to know their history, read this. These men fought back the tears and lost. They tried to find the words to express their feelings during their acceptance speeches. It was indeed a special moment to witness for both.
Only one moment can be placed here, and that’s yet another Oscar snub to Angela Basset. What does she have to do? This highly acclaim actress has been giving greatness for over 30 years and looking flawless, might we say, but yet it’s another NO. I’m glad these awards don’t define anybody’s talent but still. It’s one of those moments that would be nice to have, and we all know Angela Basset deserves! This is no shade at Jamie Lee Curtis she was chosen by the board, and she did what she was supposed to do, and that is accept her award. But what we can do is give the board a side-eye.
There were good feels all around, There was joy, tears, laughter, love, community, and we’re certain parties. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees. They’re the reason why we have amazing work that entertains us.