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Oscars 2023 live updates: Winners, big moments from the Academy Awards

The Washington Post 3/12/2023 Helena Andrews-Dyer, Bethonie Butler, Sonia Rao, Emily Yahr, Anne Branigin, Travis Andrews
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At the Oscars ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences desperately hopes the ceremony will represent some return to normalcy — and maybe prompt a boost in viewership.

The echo of Will Smith’s slap across Chris Rock’s face still reverberates, but the Academy seems ready to move on. Aside from banning Smith from the ceremony for a decade, it has replaced last year’s first-time producer Will Packer with the seasoned hands of veteran producer Glenn Weiss, and his colleague Ricky Kirshner. And for the first time in five years, the Oscars has a single solo host: Jimmy Kimmel, back for a third time. Follow our live coverage here.

9:04 PM: Analysis from Sonia Rao, Features reporter

Actresses Melissa McCarthy and Halle Bailey introduced a brief look at their live-action “Little Mermaid” film, which isn’t nominated for an Oscar — because it hasn’t yet been released! Ah, yes, a reminder that Disney owns ABC, which airs the ceremony. Synergy!

9:03 PM: Time to sing ‘Happy Birthday’

The filmmakers behind “An Irish Goodbye” (which won best live-action short film) dedicated most of their time onstage leading a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” to the film’s star James Martin, who was wearing a dazzling leopard print jacket. The audience loved it.

By: Emily Yahr

8:57 PM: ‘An Irish Goodbye’ wins best live-action short

“An Irish Goodbye,” a black comedy that follows two estranged brothers reuniting after their mother’s death, won the Oscar for best live-action short. The film was the only English-language nominee in its field.

Filmmakers Tom Berkeley and Ross White were considered joint favorites to win, along with Alice Rohrwacher for “Le Pupille.” They are also part of the “most Irish Oscars ever,” with Irish talent and Irish films racking up 14 total nominations this year.

By: Anne Branigin

8:53 PM: Ke Huy Quan says his Oscar win is the American Dream

Ke Huy Quan, the former child star who quit acting for nearly two decades, told the Academy Awards audience to never give up on their dreams.

“I almost gave up on mine,” said the 51-year-old co-star of “Everything Everywhere All at Once” while holding his statue for best supporting actor.

Onstage, Quan spoke through tears as he thanked his 84-year-old mother who was watching from home and then recounted his unlikely road to the Oscar stage.

“My journey started on a boat,” said Quan whose family fled the Vietnam War and eventually arrived in Los Angeles. Just a few years later the actor would go on to land roles in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “The Goonies.”

“They say stories like this only happen in the movies. I cannot believe it happened to me,” Quan said. “This is the American Dream.”

By: Helena Andrews-Dyer

8:53 PM: ‘Navalny’ wins best documentary

“Navalny,” a thriller-paced portrait of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, took home the Oscar for best documentary. Filmmaker Daniel Roher followed the dissident politician as he recovered from an alleged attempted assassination by Russian Vladimir Putin in 2020, up until Navalny’s recent return to Moscow.

Navalny is currently detained in a Russian penal colony.

By: Anne Branigin

8:49 PM: Jamie Lee Curtis thanks her ‘hundreds of thousands’ of supporters

Upon winning an Oscar for “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” which was also her first nomination, best supporting actress Jamie Lee Curtis declared she is “hundreds of people.”

She thanked the film’s directors, the Daniels, and all of the cast and crew.

“We just won an Oscar,” she said.

She thanked her team, including her agents.

“We just won an Oscar.”

She thanked her husband, writer-director Christopher Guest, and their two daughters.

“We just won an Oscar.”

She thanked the “hundreds of thousands of people” who have supported her genre movies.

“We just won an Oscar.”

She thanked her parents, the late actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, Oscar nominees themselves.

Tearing up onstage, the actress concluded: “I just won an Oscar.”

By: Sonia Rao

8:45 PM: Analysis from Emily Yahr, Style reporter covering pop culture and entertainment

Diane Warren said she is “probably not going to win” the Oscar this year for best original song. That would be her 14th nomination with zero wins, but she doesn’t really care — she said she was thrilled just to be nominated, and to get to play the piano onstage with Sofia Carson, who belted out Warren’s “Applause.”

8:38 PM: Jamie Lee Curtis wins best supporting actress for ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’

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Jamie Lee Curtis won for her role as no-nonsense tax auditor (and hot dog-fingered lover) Deirdre Beubeirdre in “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”

The daughter of Hollywood stars Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, the actress is best known as the star of the “Halloween” horror franchise, in which she has appeared since 1978. This was her first nomination.

Read The Post's profile: Suddenly, Jamie Lee Curtis is everything everywhere all at once

By: Anne Branigin

8:34 PM: Guillermo del Toro: Please remember the importance of animation

As expected, “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” took home the Oscar for best animated feature, and in a brief but emotional speech, the famed filmmaker made an impassioned plea to the audience.

“Animation is ready to be taken to the next step — we are all ready for it,” he said. “Please help us keep animation in the conversation.” He thanked Netflix and its co-CEO Ted Sarandos for believing in him, as well as his family and late parents. “They’re not here anymore, but they are here with me — and I’m your son and I love you.”

By: Emily Yahr

8:32 PM: Jimmy Kimmel jokes about Ozempic, moviegoers and the slap

In his opening monologue, Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel riffed on the push to get movie lovers back into theaters since the pandemic, the diabetes drug Ozempic — rumored to be used by Hollywood’s elite for weight loss — and (of course) the shocking moment Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock at last year’s ceremony.

“If anyone in this theater commits an act of violence,” Kimmel warned, “they’ll be awarded the Oscar for best actor and permitted to give a 19 minute long speech.”

Kimmel worked a slew of nominees into a joke about all the people who could defend him from violence, including best actress front-runner Michelle Yeoh, Spider-Man (a less-than-confident Andrew Garfield) and his “right-hand man Guillermo.” The camera flashed to the “Pinocchio” director Guillermo del Toro before Kimmel qualified he meant his late-night sidekick, Guillermo Rodriguez. “That sweet little man will beat the Lydia Tár out of you,” Kimmel cracked, alluding to Cate Blanchett’s role in best picture nominee “Tár.”

By: Bethonie Butler

8:32 PM: Ke Huy Quan wins best supporting actor for ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’

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Capping the Cinderella story of the 2023 awards season, Ke Huy Quan won took home the best supporting actor award for “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”

Quan won for his role as Waymond Wang, a mild-mannered husband and laundromat owner turned fanny-pack-slinging hero. He is the first Asian man to receive an Oscar in this category since 1985.

The 51-year-old actor was a child star, appearing in ’80s blockbusters “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “The Goonies.” Before his turn in EEAAO, Quan had gone two decades without acting roles. Quan’s win also marks EEAAO’s first award of the night.

By: Anne Branigin

8:23 PM: See the trends from the 2023 Oscars ‘red’ carpet

Hong Chau. © Mike Coppola/Getty Images Hong Chau.

Red carpet trends this year included textured black tuxes, pastels and the return of the bow tie.

Read the full story here.

By: Ashley Fetters Maloy

8:20 PM: ‘Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio’ wins for best animated feature

The first trophy of the night went to Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro for his stop-motion adaptation of the classic Italian tale.

Co-directed with Mark Gustafson, the film was praised for its ability to weave whimsy and adventure into darker themes of death and grief. This is Del Toro’s third Oscar.

This also marked Netflix’s first win in the category out of four nominations. Since the category’s inception in 2001, it has been dominated by Disney and Pixar. “Pinocchio” is just the second stop-motion film to win the award.

By: Anne Branigin

8:15 PM: About that excruciating Hugh Grant interview...

Viewers might have noticed the red carpet is a bit … awkward this year. (Did everyone forget how to speak in public during the pandemic? Honestly, probably.) But the clip getting the most traction online is a one-minute interaction between Hugh Grant and red carpet co-host Ashley Graham that seemed to last an hour.

“What’s your favorite thing about coming to the Oscars?” Graham asked brightly.

“Uhhh,” Grant replied, already off to a strong start. “Well … it’s fascinating. The whole of humanity is here, it’s vanity fair.”

“Oh, it’s all about vanity fair, yes!” Graham said, assuming he was talking about the famous party and not the concept that “symbolizes worldly ostentation and frivolity.” “That’s where we let loose and have a little bit of fun.”

Grant stared blankly at her, and Graham tried again: “What are you most excited to see tonight?”

“To see?” Grant said, stumped. When she clarified, you know, a person, or a movie, he replied, “No. No. No one in particular.”

Every other question was shot down. “What are you wearing tonight?” “Just my suit.” “Who made your suit?” “I can’t remember. My tailor.”

“Shout out to the tailor!” Graham exclaimed, perhaps realizing it was time to wrap things up, as she gushed about how great “Glass Onion” was and asked what it was like to film.

“Well, I’m barely in it,” Grant replied, and Graham gave it one more try. “Well you showed up and you had fun, right?”

“Almost,” Grant said, and mercifully, that was it.

By: Emily Yahr

8:09 PM: Why the Oscars red carpet is actually champagne

If you’re watching the red carpet lead-up to the Academy Awards, you have probably noticed that the carpet is not red at all. Officially, it’s champagne.

The New York Times reported that the red carpet production team wanted a “‘soothing’ color that would not clash with the orange tent that will be erected over the carpet to shield attendees from the sun and potential rain.”

Ahead of Sunday’s ceremony, there has been chatter about whether the carpet would stay clean, and the jury (social media) seems to be out on that.

By: Bethonie Butler

7:55 PM: Michelle Yeoh gives a shout-out to all the ‘superhero’ mothers

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” star Michelle Yeoh, a front-runner for best actress, said the popular sci-fi film was a “perfect opportunity to show that moms are superheroes.”

Yeoh plays an immigrant mother in EEAAO, which throws her character into the multiverse and assigns her a world-saving mission. The actress said “it was time we gave this voice to our mothers and let them fly to the skies like superheroes.”

During the red carpet interview, Yeoh was interrupted by EEAAO directing duo the Daniels and producer Jonathan Wang. She exclaimed, “We’re in this together!”

Michelle Yeoh, right, embraces “Everything Everywhere All at Once” co-star and fellow Oscar nominee Stephanie Hsu on the red carpet. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) Michelle Yeoh, right, embraces “Everything Everywhere All at Once” co-star and fellow Oscar nominee Stephanie Hsu on the red carpet. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

By: Sonia Rao

7:50 PM: Analysis from Helena Andrews-Dyer, Pop culture reporter

Oscar winner Questlove is officially everyone’s hero. The documentarian and musician wore blinged-out black Crocs on the champagne carpet because why not. “Before the pandemic I would’ve been the guy trying to suffer in my Jordans. But right now Crocs are just my thing.”

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7:40 PM: Here’s how the nominees and winners are chosen

The Oscar nominations are mostly chosen by members of each category’s corresponding branch of the Academy. Actors nominate actors, directors nominate directors, and so on. The most notable exception is best picture, whose nominees are decided by all voting members of the Academy.

The Academy’s entire voting membership — around 10,000 people — then decides the winners in all 23 categories. For 22 of those awards, the nominee with the most votes wins. But best picture is again the exception: The night’s biggest prize is decided via a preferential ballot in which voters rank the nominees. If no movie earns more than 50 percent of the first-place votes, the film sitting in last place is eliminated. The No. 2 movie on any ballot listing the eliminated movie at No. 1 then earns that ballot’s vote. The process repeats, eliminating the movie with the fewest votes, until one film has a majority.

By: Thomas Floyd

7:37 PM: Ryan Seacrest out, Mark Consuelos in

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest arrived to the carpet, technically because they always have an Oscars after-show, but also to remind everyone that their days as co-hosts of “Live with Kelly and Ryan” are numbered — starting April 17, Ripa’s soap actor husband, Mark Consuelos, will be taking over.

But according to the trio, not a lot will change, because they’re all real-life pals. And Seacrest’s famously crazy schedule will slow down just a bit. “Ryan will get to have his coffee later,” Ripa said. Seacrest wistfully noted that they’ll have to change the sign on the show, and Consuelos — who for some reason, was not given a microphone for this interaction — noted that it was already changed over the weekend. Seacrest out, indeed.

Mark Consuelos, Kelly Ripa, and Ryan Seacrest. © Mike Coppola/Getty Images Mark Consuelos, Kelly Ripa, and Ryan Seacrest.

By: Emily Yahr

7:30 PM: Analysis from Travis M. Andrews, Interim pop culture editor

Diane Warren is on an all-time losing streak. She’s up for best original song for the 14th time — and has never won. “If I had to choose between [that and] winning an Oscar for one of these songs and maybe being nominated one time, I’m taking 14 times and not winning,” Warren says in Emily Yahr’s profile.

Diane Warren, one of the most prolific songwriters in modern music, is nominated for best original song for the 14th time. © Erik Melvin/Erik Melvin Diane Warren, one of the most prolific songwriters in modern music, is nominated for best original song for the 14th time.

7:27 PM: Analysis from Sonia Rao, Features reporter

Jonathan Majors walked the red carpet with a ceramic cup he said he “always” has on him.

The buzzy actor isn’t lying. He recently was photographed with the mug for a New York magazine interview. Did he bring it to the set of “Creed III,” his most recent villain turn?

Jonathan Majors takes a selfie with his ceramic cup in hand. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images) Jonathan Majors takes a selfie with his ceramic cup in hand. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

7:24 PM: Austin Butler brought his ‘Elvis’ accent to the Oscars

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Austin Butler reflected on his exciting awards season in the same baritone he used to portray Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis,” which is up for best picture and earned Butler his first Oscar nomination. “Tonight is literally the close of this chapter,” he said on the red carpet (which is actually champagne this year) in a classic black tux by Saint Laurent. Which makes us wonder whether the accent will go away or not.

By: Bethonie Butler

7:20 PM: These are the musical performers tonight

The Academy announced that four of the five best original song nominees will be performed during the telecast: Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava will perform “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR”; David Byrne, Son Lux and Stephanie Hsu will perform “This Is a Life” from “Everything Everywhere All at Once”; Diane Warren and Sofia Carson will perform “Applause” from “Tell It Like a Woman”; and Rihanna will perform “Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”

Lenny Kravitz will deliver the In Memoriam performance.

The Academy said Wednesday that “Hold My Hand,” the “Top Gun: Maverick” tune penned by Lady Gaga and BloodPop would be the only original song nominee that will not be performed at the ceremony, but then — surprise — Variety reported this afternoon that Lady Gaga will perform it after all.

This post has been updated.

By: Thomas Floyd

7:19 PM: Oscars producers are ‘prepared’ for, ahem, unexpected incidents

Janet Yang, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, told red carpet host Vanessa Hudgens that Oscars producers are “prepared” for any and all shenanigans at the first ceremony since Will Smith slapped presenter Chris Rock onstage.

Yang said she told everyone at the nominees luncheon that the Academy and producers’ response to the slap was “inadequate.”

“Now we’re moving on,” she said. “We’re so excited about the show and we’re prepared, perhaps in a way we weren’t prepared in the past.”

Academy president Janet Yang walks the red carpet before Sunday's awards ceremony. (Arturo Holmes/Getty Images) Academy president Janet Yang walks the red carpet before Sunday's awards ceremony. (Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)

By: Sonia Rao

7:15 PM: Analysis from Helena Andrews-Dyer, Pop culture reporter

Best supporting actress nominee Angela Bassett has returned to the Oscars after nearly three decades, and the “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” actress did not come back to play it safe. The 64-year-old actress wore a “royal purple” Moschino gown. The queen came to conquer.

Angela Bassett at the 95th Annual Academy Awards. (Arturo Holmes/Getty Images) © Arturo Holmes/Getty Images Angela Bassett at the 95th Annual Academy Awards. (Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)

7:13 PM: Ana de Armas says Marilyn Monroe ‘is all over L.A.’

Ana de Armas, nominated for best actress for her turn as Marilyn Monroe in “Blonde,” said in a red carpet interview with Laverne Cox that she felt the presence of the legendary actress on set, in part because “Marilyn is all over L.A.”

The Louis Vuitton ambassador is wearing a mermaid-style gown in silk organza with “3D scalloped petals” bringing the dress to a (show)stop on the champagne carpet. The nominee described her dress as “little drops of rain and flowers.” (Marilyn would probably approve!)

By: Bethonie Butler

7:10 PM: Analysis from Travis M. Andrews, Interim pop culture editor

Hollywood always loves movies about Hollywood, but as our film critic Ann Hornaday writes, “filmmakers seem more intent than ever to resuscitate the romance of filmmaking and filmgoing, most often through the lens of their own artistic youths.” Read her essay on “The Fabelmans,” “Babylon” and others here.

7:07 PM: Apparently there was a silver-and-white memo for the red carpet

Every Oscars, a theme emerges on the red carpet. Is this year’s white and silver?

Mindy Kaling © Ashley Landis/Ashley Landis/Invision/AP Mindy Kaling Eva Longoria © Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Eva Longoria Ariana DeBose © Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Ariana DeBose

Fan Bingbing and Florence Pugh added some elaborate capes.

Fan Bingbing © Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images Fan Bingbing Florence Pugh © Jordan Strauss/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Florence Pugh

By: Emily Yahr

7:00 PM: A few changes have been made to the Oscars telecast

If anything, this year’s broadcast will feel more traditional than those from the past few years, which were filled with small (often poorly received) experiments.

A year after the Oscars taped eight categories and edited those winners’ speeches into the broadcast, which led to much online protest, Academy CEO Bill Kramer told Variety that all 23 categories will again be included in the live telecast.

“We are committed to having a show that celebrates the artisans, the arts and sciences and the collaborative nature of moviemaking,” he said. “This is very much what the mission of the Academy is.”

Also gone is last year’s widely mocked experiment in which Twitter polls determined the winners of two unofficial categories — #OscarsCheersMoment and #OscarsFanFavorite (won by “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” and “Army of the Dead,” respectively). And after Smith marched onstage and struck Rock during last year’s ceremony, Kramer said, the Academy has hired a crisis team to deal with any on-air incidents.

“We’ve run many scenarios,” Kramer told Time. “So it is our hope that we will be prepared for anything that we may not anticipate right now, but that we’re planning for just in case it does happen.”…

By: Thomas Floyd

6:59 PM: Analysis from Sonia Rao, Features reporter

“You don’t want to be the person who ruins Steven Spielberg’s life,” actor Gabriel LaBelle said of his experience playing a younger version of Spielberg in the director’s semi-autobiographical film “The Fabelmans,” which is up for best picture. No pressure!

Gabriel LaBelle arrives for the 95th annual Academy Awards ceremony. © Caroline Brehman/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Gabriel LaBelle arrives for the 95th annual Academy Awards ceremony.

6:53 PM: Analysis from Helena Andrews-Dyer, Pop culture reporter

Danai Gurira is rooting for everything Bassett. The “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” actress did not mince words when it came to her co-star Angela Bassett’s potential best supporting actress win. “The idea of her winning tonight is everything to me. I deeply want and need it to happen,” Gurira said.

6:50 PM: Lenny Kravitz ‘would love to work with’ daughter Zoë Kravitz

Rocker Lenny Kravitz will be performing during the in memoriam segment. He hasn’t mentioned the song he’s performing, but it’s worth noting that “Thinking of You,” a song about his late mother, “The Jeffersons” star Roxie Roker, is timeless and beautiful. “It’s an honor to pay tribute,” Kravitz told Laverne Cox on the red, er, champagne carpet.

You don’t see the elder Kravitz at the Oscars ceremony without asking him whether he has any plans to star opposite his daughter, Zoë Kravitz, in a film. “It would have to be the right thing,” Kravitz said, “but I would love to work with her one day.”

By: Bethonie Butler

6:50 PM: Analysis from Travis M. Andrews, Interim pop culture editor

Costume designer Jenny Beavan nabbed an impressive 12th Oscar nomination for “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris,” a project that presented a particularly tough challenge. As Beavan says in Ashley Fetters Maloy’s insightful profile, “It was all, to be honest.” Read the piece on Beavan here.

The “Caracas” dress appears at a fashion show in “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris.” According to Beavan, many of the designs in the collection were replicas or faithful adaptations of Dior designs. © Dávid Lukács / Focus Features The “Caracas” dress appears at a fashion show in “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris.” According to Beavan, many of the designs in the collection were replicas or faithful adaptations of Dior designs.

6:41 PM: Analysis from Helena Andrews-Dyer, Pop culture reporter

“Little Mermaid” star Halle Bailey is exuding all the Disney princess vibes in a frothy aqua Dolce & Gabbana “puffy” gown. The look is a clear message to the critics who questioned her casting as Ariel that she has arrived.

Halle Bailey on the red carpet at the 95th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood. (Arturo Holmes/Getty Images) © Arturo Holmes/Getty Images Halle Bailey on the red carpet at the 95th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood. (Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)

6:40 PM: One big thing that’s different about this year’s nominees

The Oscars rarely recognize films that permeate pop culture at large, which led the Academy to expand the number of best picture nominees in 2010 in hopes of nominating more blockbusters and, the logic goes, attracting a bigger audience. Usually, though, it just nominated more art fare — which didn’t help increase viewership.

The pandemic’s punishing impact on the theatrical movie business also didn’t help. Although last year’s average of 16.62 million viewers marked an uptick from 2021’s coronavirus-affected Oscars ceremony, it was a far cry from a viewership that hovered around 25 million before the pandemic.

Finally, this year, four best picture nominees cracked $100 million at the box office: “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” “Elvis,” “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Avatar: The Way of Water.” In fact, “Maverick” and “The Way of Water” are among the top 10 highest grossing films of all time at the domestic box office, the latter being the third-highest-grossing movie in Hollywood history (not accounting for inflation). Globally, the two movies have combined to earn $3.7 billion.

By: Thomas Floyd

6:35 PM: Analysis from Bethonie Butler, Reporter covering television and pop culture

Academy Award-winning actress Ariana DeBose is doing the thing (a la Angela Bassett) in an ornate white armor-inspired dress by Versace Atelier.

6:30 PM: Analysis from Travis M. Andrews, Interim pop culture editor

It feels like one of those sad trivia facts: Jamie Lee Curtis has acted for nearly half a century without an Oscar nomination — until now. Not that she expected her supporting actress nod for “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” As she told Style’s Karen Heller, “I was in complete shock.” Read Heller’s wide-ranging profile of Curtis here.

Jamie Lee Curtis in “Everything Everywhere All At Once.” © Allyson Riggs/AP Jamie Lee Curtis in “Everything Everywhere All At Once.”

6:20 PM: Here are the front-runners in the acting awards

“Everything Everywhere’s” Ke Huy Quan is widely considered to be the strongest front-runner. The onetime child star, who recently resumed acting after nearly two decades, has swept the supporting actor category throughout awards season — aside from a loss to “Banshees” actor Barry Keoghan at the BAFTAs.

Otherwise, every acting Oscar seems to be up in the air. Best supporting actress looks like a three-woman race featuring Golden Globe and Critics Choice winner Angela Bassett (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”), BAFTA winner Kerry Condon (“The Banshees of Inisherin”) and SAG winner Jamie Lee Curtis (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”).

“Elvis” star Austin Butler took best actor at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs, while “The Whale’s” Brendan Fraser won at the Critics Choice and SAG ceremonies. And “Tár’s” Cate Blanchett looked like the best actress front-runner after triumphing at the Critics Choice Awards and BAFTAs, before “Everything Everywhere” star Michelle Yeoh shook up the race with wins from SAG and the Spirit Awards.

By: Thomas Floyd

6:10 PM: Analysis from Travis M. Andrews, Interim pop culture editor

Pour one out for our beasts of burden: Donkeys haven’t had it so rough since “jackass” became a derogatory term, as the 2023 Oscar nominees include three grim tales involving this particular animal. Why has Hollywood forsaken our poor neddies? Find out by reading Sonia Rao’s piece on donkeys here.

A scene from “EO.” A scene from “EO.”

6:05 PM: Check out the best photos from the red carpet

Throughout the pre-show, our photo editors are looking for the best images — check out their picks here: See red carpet looks from the 2023 Oscars

Lilly Singh. © Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Lilly Singh.

By: Washington Post Staff

6:00 PM: Here are the front-runners for best picture

“Everything Everywhere All At Once” © Allyson Riggs/AP “Everything Everywhere All At Once”

“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s absurdist action-comedy about an immigrant mother traversing the multiverse, has emerged as the best picture front-runner after leading the Oscars with 11 nominations and claiming the top prizes from the Critics Choice Awards, Directors Guild, Producers Guild, Screen Actors Guild and Independent Spirit Awards.

But the German antiwar epic “All Quiet on the Western Front” snagged best picture at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), which can be a telling Oscars precursor. “All Quiet” filmmaker Edward Berger wasn’t nominated for the best director Oscar, but as “CODA” and “Green Book” have proved, a director nomination isn’t necessarily a prerequisite to winning best picture.

Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” and Martin McDonagh’s “The Banshees of Inisherin” looked like top contenders earlier in awards season, when they won the best picture prizes at the Golden Globes and joined “Everything Everywhere” as the only films to be nominated for the top honors from all of the major guilds. But they seem to have lost steam after not winning much since. Still, both showed well on Oscar nominations morning: “Banshees” tied “All Quiet” for second with nine nominations, and “The Fabelmans” notched an impressive seven nods.

There’s also a case to be made for “Top Gun: Maverick,” which picked up six nominations, including a surprise nod for adapted screenplay. The movie is the kind of crowd-pleaser that could benefit from the Oscars’ ranked-choice voting system, which hinders more polarizing films and gives an edge to consensus favorites.

By: Thomas Floyd

5:50 PM: Analysis from Travis M. Andrews, Interim pop culture editor

It might rule the movie business these days, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe has never produced an acting Oscar. That could change this year, with Angela Bassett up for best supporting actress for her role in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” It’s her second nod. Read Helena Andrews-Dyer’s profile of Bassett here.

Angela Bassett poses for a portrait at an Oscars luncheon on Feb. 13. © Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Angela Bassett poses for a portrait at an Oscars luncheon on Feb. 13.

5:40 PM: Who is hosting the Oscars?

The Academy spent the past few years experimenting with various hosting arrangements, including simply not having one from 2019 to 2021 and deploying Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Regina Hall as a trio of co-hosts last year.

Now, it’s back to having a traditional solo emcee, and it’s a familiar face as Kimmel hosted the 2017 and 2018 ceremonies. He’s fairly seasoned at the job, having also hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards three times.

“It wasn’t one of those situations where they couldn’t get anybody and they asked me at the last minute — I definitely would have said no if that was the case,” Kimmel told the Hollywood Reporter. “So, I don’t know, it kind of came out of the blue and they clearly got me at the right moment.”

Kimmel’s first show hosting included the envelope debacle in which “La La Land” was incorrectly announced as best picture instead of the actual winner, “Moonlight.” The “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” star returned a year later, when “The Shape of Water” claimed the top prize, and he’ll now join Jerry Lewis, Steve Martin, Conrad Nagel and David Niven as three-time Oscar hosts. (Only Jack Lemmon, Whoopi Goldberg, Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal and 19-time host Bob Hope have overseen more ceremonies.)

By: Thomas Floyd

5:30 PM: Analysis from Lindsey Sitz, Directing, producing and editing

Watch “Quiet on Set: The Hidden Dangers of Movie and TV Production,” The Washington Post’s short documentary on the dangerous conditions crewmembers often face behind the scenes — and why they usually remain silent — here. Or watch the trailer below.


5:20 PM: Here’s how to watch the Oscars red carpet

Ashley Graham, Vanessa Hudgens and Lilly Singh will co-host ABC’s “Countdown to the Oscars” from the Dolby Theatre red carpet at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time Sunday.

Over on E!, “Countdown to the Red Carpet” began at 3 p.m. Eastern time, and was followed by “Live From the Red Carpet” at 5 p.m. with “Red Carpet Rundown” coming at 7 p.m.

By: Thomas Floyd

5:10 PM: Analysis from Travis M. Andrews, Interim pop culture editor

Does it feel like the best picture nominees this year are a little on the loooooong side? You’re not alone. “Filmgoers have been putting up with overlong films for a while now, but 2022’s best picture crop was a tush-tingling doozy,” writes our film critic Ann Hornaday. Check out her (expertly concise!) thoughts on movie length here.

Michelle Yeoh in a scene from “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” which clocks in at 139 minutes. © Allyson Riggs/AP Michelle Yeoh in a scene from “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” which clocks in at 139 minutes.

5:00 PM: When and where are the Oscars happening?

The Oscars will be held at 8 p.m. Eastern time Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The ceremony will again be broadcast on ABC and streamed on, the ABC app, YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, DirecTV Stream and FuboTV.

The Dolby Theatre has hosted every Oscars since 2002, with the exception of the scaled-down 2021 ceremony, which was held at Los Angeles’s Union Station because of the pandemic.

By: Thomas Floyd

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