The 95th Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, took place on Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre in California, with celebrities from all over the world coming together to celebrate the best of cinema. Jimmy Kimmel hosted the event, with his punchlines, emotional performances, and tear-jerking speeches by winners making for a memorable night. Let’s take a look at some of the top moments from this year’s Oscars.
Jimmy Kimmel joking about Will Smith’s actions last year in his opening monologue was a highlight of the night. Pregnant Rihanna stunned on the red carpet in a sheer black Alaïa gown and later performed “Lift Me Up” during the ceremony. Jonathan Majors and Michael B. Jordan also paid respects to Angela Bassett, while the donkey who played Jenny in “The Banshees of Inisherin” entertained the audience with its bedazzled emotional support animal vest.
Elizabeth Banks surprised the audience by bringing the titular creature from her “Cocaine Bear” to present. Lady Gaga performed a stripped-back version of the Oscar-nominated song “Take My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick”. The performance of Best Original Song nominee “Naatu Naatu” from the Telegu-language “RRR” was introduced by Deepika Padukone, while an impromptu performance of “Happy Birthday” was conducted on the Oscar stage to celebrate the 31st birthday of “Irish Goodbye” actor James Martin.
Brendan Fraser won the Best Actor award for his performance in “The Whale” and became emotional during his acceptance speech. Michelle Yeoh made Oscar history as the first Asian to win in the Best Actress category, taking home the award for her performance. Finally, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” won seven out of their 11 nominations, including the coveted Best Picture category.
The 95th annual Academy Awards were a night to remember for cinema enthusiasts. With various powerful performances, tear-jerking speeches, and a celebration of diversity, the Oscars celebrated the very best of cinema.