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95 Oscars The 95th Academy Awards was a ceremony held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) on March 12, 2023, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. It honored films released in 2022.

The event was televised in the U.S. by ABC and was produced by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss. Weiss was also the director. Comedian and late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel hosted the show for the third time, after emceeing the 89th and 90th editions of the ceremony in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Everything Everywhere All at Once led the ceremony with eleven nominations and seven wins, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, and three of the four acting awards. Other winners included All Quiet on the Western Front with four awards, The Whale with two, and Avatar: The Way of Water, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio, Navalny, RRR, Top Gun: Maverick, and Women Talking each with one. Short film winners included The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, The Elephant Whisperers, and An Irish Goodbye.

Table of contents
  1. Winners and nominees
  2. Presenters and performers
  3. Ceremony information
  4. Ratings and reception
  5. "In Memoriam"
  6. See also

Winners and nominees

The nominations were announced by actors Riz Ahmed and Allison Williams on January 24, 2023.

It was the first time the Best Picture category featured two sequels, Avatar: The Way of Water and Top Gun: Maverick, as well as the first time two films grossing over $1 billion worldwide were nominated for Best Picture in the same year. All Quiet on the Western Front's nine nominations trailed only Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) and Roma (2018) for the most nominations by a film not in the English language. The Quiet Girl was the first submission from Ireland to receive a nomination for Best International Feature Film.

There were 16 first-time nominees across the four acting categories, including all five Best Actor nominees, the most in Oscar history. Michelle Yeoh was the first woman who identifies as Asian nominated for Best Actress. A record four Asian actors received acting nominations: Hong Chau, Stephanie Hsu, and winners Ke Huy Quan and Yeoh. With her Best Supporting Actress nomination for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Angela Bassett became the first person to receive an acting nomination for a role in a film based on Marvel Comics.

Judd Hirsch, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Fabelmans, set a new record for longest gap between two acting nominations, following his nomination for Ordinary People (1980). John Williams became the oldest competitive nominee in Oscar history, as he was 90 years old when nominees were announced (he turned 91 between then and the ceremony). With this being his 53rd nomination, he also broke his own record as the most Oscar-nominated living person, and the second-most nominated person ever (behind Walt Disney at 59 nominations). For his nomination for Le pupille for Live Action Short Film, Alfonso Cuarón became the second person to be nominated in seven different categories, following Kenneth Branagh. The film also was Disney+'s first nomination for the award.

Everything Everywhere All at Once became the first film since 2013's Gravity to win seven Academy Awards, and the most awarded Best Picture winner since 2008's Slumdog Millionaire (which won eight Academy Awards). It is the third film in history to win in three acting categories, following A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and Network (1976), and the first of these films to also win Best Picture. A24 won nine awards, more than any other studio or distributor; with Everything Everywhere All at Once and The Whale (with six and one awards respectively), the studio was the first to win seven of the eight top awards--Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and the four acting awards, missing only Best Adapted Screenplay.


Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger (?).

Governors Awards

On June 21, 2022, the Academy announced its winners of the 13th annual Governors Awards ceremony. It was held on November 19, 2022, and during the event, the Academy Honorary Awards and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award were presented to the following recipients:

Academy Honorary Awards Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Presenters and performers

The following presented awards and performed musical numbers.

Ceremony information

On February 11, 2023, a majority of the full production team was announced, with Rob Paine as a co-executive producer, Sarah Levine Hall, Raj Kapoor, Erin Irwin, and Jennifer Sharron joining as producers, Rickey Minor returning as music director since the 2020 ceremony, Taryn Hurd as talent producer, Dave Boone, Nefetari Spencer, and Agathe Panaretos as writers, and Robert Dickinson returning as lighting designer.

For the Best Original Song performance of "This Is a Life" from Everything Everywhere All at Once, Japanese singer Mitski, who performs the song in the film with David Byrne, was unavailable to perform it at the ceremony, with Stephanie Hsu taking her place. M. M. Keeravani served as music director for the performance of "Naatu Naatu" from RRR by singers Kaala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj, which involved Los Angeles-based dancers performing the song's choreography; however the film's stars N. T. Rama Rao Jr. and Ram Charan did not take part as they did not have time to rehearse. "Hold My Hand" was not initially scheduled to be performed at the ceremony due to Lady Gaga's commitment to filming Joker: Folie à Deux. However, at the last minute, it was reported that Gaga would perform the song after all.

The official trailer for Disney's live-action remake of The Little Mermaid also debuted during the telecast, with stars Halle Bailey and Melissa McCarthy appearing as presenters to promote the film. Morgan Freeman and Margot Robbie also introduced a tribute to the 100th anniversary of Warner Bros. Both the trailer for The Little Mermaid and the Warner Bros. tribute were part of sponsored-integration opportunities offered by ABC to all the major film studios; the videos themselves aired as advertisements on the U.S. broadcast and were not screened in the Dolby Theatre or for all international viewers. Disney reportedly paid its subsidiary ABC $10 million to air the trailer, while Warner Bros. paid the network $3 million to air the tribute.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had reportedly requested to appear remotely at the ceremony to raise awareness of the Russian invasion of his country, but his request was turned down by the Academy. Glenn Close was originally announced as a presenter but was forced to cancel due to a positive COVID-19 test.

The look and feel of red carpet arrivals at the ceremony received a major overhaul overseen by creative consultants Lisa Love and Raúl Àvila, to create a smoother transition from the late-afternoon sunlight outside the auditorium to the evening setting inside (which had been noted by Academy CEO Bill Kramer as a recurring issue with the red carpet since its introduction at the 33rd Academy Awards). As part of these changes, the color of the eponymous red carpet was changed for the first time; the carpet was a champagne color contrasted by sienna-colored curtains which were designed to block more of the sun.

Andrea Riseborough's nomination and controversy

Andrea Riseborough's Best Actress nomination for To Leslie was controversial amongst critics and pundits, as Momentum Pictures, the film's distributor, did not fund a conventional advertising-driven awards campaign for the film. Rather director Michael Morris and his wife, actress Mary McCormack, organized a "celeb-backed campaign" to get Riseborough nominated. They contacted friends and colleagues in the entertainment industry, asked them to view the film, and share it with others if they enjoyed it. Among those who lobbied for recognition of Riseborough's performance were Jodie Comer, Kate Winslet, Amy Adams, Edward Norton, Melanie Lynskey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jane Fonda, Howard Stern, Jennifer Aniston, and fellow Best Actress nominee Cate Blanchett, who was widely regarded as the frontrunner to win the award prior to eventually losing to Michelle Yeoh. Morris and Riseborough also hired publicists to coordinate the efforts. While theretofore not widely regarded as a serious awards-season contender, the campaign successfully raised Riseborough's profile; dozens of celebrities praised her performance on social media, and some hosted screenings of the film during voting for the Academy Award nominations in January 2023. Riseborough was nominated for the award on January 24, which the Los Angeles Times called "one of the most shocking nominations in Oscar history".

After the nomination was announced, speculation arose that the tactics might have violated an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rule against directly lobbying voters. A post on the film's Instagram account was criticized for possibly violating an Academy rule prohibiting "[singling] out 'the competition' by name" by featuring a quote from film critic Richard Roeper, who praised Riseborough's performance as better than Blanchett's in Tár, a fellow nominee for Best Actress. On January 27, the Academy announced they were "conducting a review of the campaign procedures around this year's nominees, to ensure that no guidelines were violated, and to inform us whether changes to the guidelines may be needed in a new era of social media and digital communication".

The Academy occasionally rescinds nominations if it is found that the nominee participated in unsanctioned campaigning. However there were no reports that Riseborough had been involved in such, or that any Academy members had lodged formal complaints about the campaign's behavior. On January 31, the Academy concluded its review by pledging to address "social media and outreach campaigning tactics" which they said caused "concern", but confirming that Riseborough's nomination would be retained.

Best Supporting Actress award

Prior to the ceremony, Angela Bassett was considered the frontrunner by some to win Best Supporting Actress for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, having previously won the Golden Globe Award and Critics' Choice Award in the category; however, Kerry Condon had won the BAFTA Award and Jamie Lee Curtis won the Screen Actors Guild Award. The Academy Award was ultimately won by Curtis. This choice sparked several criticisms. Many commentators noted the difference in the two's reaction to the winner being announced. Curtis appeared surprised, while Bassett was visibly disappointed. Some viewers saw this reaction as poor on Bassett's part, while others counter-criticized this reception as double standard due to Diane Warren's reaction later in the ceremony caught on camera after losing Best Original Song to RRR's "Naatu Naatu". Others also pointed out the Academy's bias against Marvel films despite Bassett being the first person from any Marvel Studios film to compete in the acting categories at the Oscars.

Ratings and reception

The Academy Awards telecast scored 18.7 million viewers in the United States. However, despite a 12% viewership increase from the previous year, ratings were the third lowest ever in ceremony history.

"In Memoriam"

Deadline noted that Charlbi Dean, Anne Heche, Tom Sizemore, Paul Sorvino, and Chaim Topol were not included in the televised segment. The Academy said before the ceremony it would honor "more than 200 filmmakers, artists, and executives" in its digital magazine A.frame; the segment ended with a URL being shown on-screen linking to tributes to other people not included in the tribute. As in past years, individuals who died close to the time of broadcast (as was the case with Sizemore and Topol) could not be included as the montage had already been created; actors Philip Baker Hall, Melinda Dillon, Tony Sirico, Pat Carroll, Jean-Louis Trintignant, David Warner and Cindy Williams; and directors Mike Hodges and Hugh Hudson were also not included.

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