A Big Night for the Oscars


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Alea Wilson, Reporter

On March 12, 2023, the 95th Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California to honor and represent films released in 2022. Jimmy Kimmel came back to host the Oscars for the third time and the ceremony was broadcasted live to the 18.7 million Americans that watched at home.

Many viewers were curious to see what entertainment or drama would erupt, considering that the Oscars seem to have a big drama or scandal every year. This includes the historical Oscars slap involving host Chris Rock and critically acclaimed actor Will Smith that occurred during the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, 2022. This is considered one of the biggest scandals in Hollywood that no one has forgotten.

Thankfully, this year was mainly filled with positive and inspiring things, including the film Everything Everywhere All at Once receiving 11 nominations. In the end, the film earned six Oscars including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actress, and many more. Another great moment is when two actors, Brendan Fraser and Ke Huy Quan, won Oscars and regained their Hollywood comebacks. They both accepted their awards with teary eyes and acceptance speeches filled with gratitude. There were also two show-stopping performances, the first being “Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” sung by the impeccable soloist Rihanna, and the second by Lady Gaga, who belted her song “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun”.

There were a lot of historical moments that happened at this year’s Oscars. From “Naatu, Naatu ” being the first song from an Indian production to be nominated for Best Original Song, to Ruth E. Carter, the costume designer for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”, taking home an Oscar, making her the first Black woman to win two Oscars. Overall, the Oscars was a big night for all the right reasons and had many monumental moments.