Oscars 2023: Top Winners

Lifestyle Monday 13/March/2023 10:41 AM
By: DW
Oscars 2023: Top Winners
Oscar Winners Ke Huy Quan, Brendan Fraser, Michelle Yeoh and Jamie Lee Curtis. Image Credit: Twitter Account of 'Variety' magazine.

The box office hit "Everything Everywhere All at Once" won the Oscar for best feature film on Sunday, capping off a night of several coups for the film, which was a favorite heading into the 95th Academy Awards.

The best picture category was hotly contested, with the unorthodox sci-fi flick beating out biopic "Elvis", psychological drama "Tar," action sequel "Top Gun: Maverick" and Germany's "All Quiet on the Western Front,"

"Thank you to the Academy, this is history in the making," said the winning movie's star, Michelle Yeoh, who also won the Oscar for best lead actress.

Here are the highlights from the 2023 Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

Michelle Yeoh wins best actress with 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'

60-year-old Michelle Yeoh, who starred in the Oscar-favorite "Everything Everywhere All at Once," won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Lead Role. She is the first Asian woman to take home the award.

"For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibilities," Yeoh said in an emotional acceptance speech. This is proof that dreams do come true.

Michelle Yeoh and Jamie Lee Curtis both won their first Oscars for their roles in 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'.
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Yeoh was widely regarded as a front-runner for what was her first-ever Oscar nomination.

In the film, Yeoh's character Evelyn Wang is a Chinese immigrant laundromat owner who is swept across alternate universes to battle an interdimensional supervillain who happens to be her own daughter.

Yeoh got her start in Hong Kong action movies in the 1990s, where she performed her own stunts. She broke through in Hollywood when she was cast as a Bond girl in "Tomorrow Never Dies" in 1997.

"Ladies, don't let anybody tell you you're ever past your prime," said the 60-year-old actress.

Brendan Fraser wins best actor with 'The Whale'

Brendan Fraser, who rose to fame in the 1990s before a decade in the Hollywood wilderness, marked a major career comeback by winning the Oscar for best lead actor.

Fraser starred in "The Whale," in which he portrayed a morbidly obese man who tries to reconnect with his daughter.

"I started in this business 30 years ago and things didn't come easily to me," said Fraser, breathing heavily.

"I just want to say thank you for this acknowledgment."

Brendan Fraser won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Image credit: DW

Duo behind 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' win directing Oscar

Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, colloquially known as the Daniels for their work together on "Everything Everywhere All at Once," won the Academy Award for Best Direction.

"There is greatness in every single person," said Kwan as he accepted the award.

"It doesn't matter who we are, there is genius in every single person, you just have to find it. Thank you to the people who unlocked my genius."

Scheinert also made a comment in defense of drag, which has been targeted by new laws in several US states.

"Everything Everywhere All at Once" was nominated for 11 Oscars — the most nominated of the evening. It ended up taking home seven awards.

'The Daniels' jointly won the Academy Award for best director.
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Indian epic 'RRR' wins best original song

The smash hit song "Naatu Naatu" from the Telugu-language epic "RRR" won the Oscar for Best Original Song.

"'RRR' has to win, pride of every Indian ... and has put me at the top of the world," the song's composer MM Keeravani sang to the tune of The Carpenters' "Top of the World" while accepting the award alongside lyricist Chandrabose.

Earlier in the evening, Indian singers Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava performed the song live.

The performance featured a mix of old and new choreography, but it was still slightly more tame than some of the performances at screenings in India, which featured dancing in the aisles.

Rihanna, Lady Gaga and more performing nominated songs

Several of the other artists who were nominated for Best Original Song also gave live performances at the Academy Awards.

Hot off the back of "Elvis", Rihanna performed "Lift Me Up" from the film "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever."

A troupe of dancers performed "Naatu Naatu" earlier in the evening. Image credit: DW

Meanwhile, Lady Gaga performed "Hold My Hand" from "Top Gun: Maverick."

"Everything Everywhere All at Once" Supporting actress Stephanie Hsu also performed "This Is A Life" alongside David Byrne and experimental band Son Lux.

'All Quiet on the Western Front' wins best international film

Midway through the evening, the German production "All Quiet on the Western Front" won the Academy Award for Best International Film.

The Netflix original film brought audiences a gruesome anti-war message almost a hundred years after the original book by Erich Maria Remarque was published.

Edward Berger thanked Fleix Kammerer for his film debut in All Quiet on the Western Front. Image Credit: DW

Swiss director Edward Berger thanked star Felix Kammerer, an Austrian stage actor who made his cinematic debut in the film.

"This was your first movie and you carried us on your shoulders like it was nothing," he told the 27-year-old Austrian actor. "Without you, none of us would be here."

"All Quiet on the Western Front" beat out international film nominees "EO" from Poland, "The Quiet Girl" from Ireland, "Close" from Belgium and "Argentina, 1985" from Argentina.

The film also won Oscars for best cinematography, best production design, and best original score.

'Navalny' wins best documentary

A documentary about jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny won the Oscar for best documentary feature.

'Navalny' explores the poisoning that nearly killed the Kremlin critic in 2020 and his subsequent detention upon his return to Moscow in 2021.

"My husband is in prison just for telling the truth. My husband is in prison just for defending democracy," his wife, Yulia Navalnaya, said at the ceremony.

"Alexei, I am dreaming of the day when you will be free and our country will be free. Stay strong, my love."

First gongs roll in early for 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'

Two supporting actors in "Everything Everywhere All at Once," Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis, won the Oscars for best supporting actor and best supporting actress, respectively.

It is the first Academy Award win for either actor.

"My journey started on a boat. I spent a year in a refugee camp and somehow I ended up here on Hollywood's biggest stage," Quan said.

"They say stories like this only happen in the movies. I can't believe this is happening to me. This is the American dream."

Ke Huy Quan kissed his Oscar as he accepted the award for best supporting actor. Image Credit: DW

Meanwhile, Curtis became the eight-oldest person to with best supporting actress.

"My mother [Janet Leigh] and my father [Tony Curtis] were both nominated for Oscars in different categories," Curtis said through tears. "I just won an Oscar!"

Oscars open with thunderous flyover

Hollywood's biggest night began with a figher jet flyover, in a nod to "Top Gun: Maverick."

The start of the TV broadcast showed a scene where awards host Jimmy Kimmel was in the cockpit of a fighter jet with Tom Cruise, before he was ejected out and appeared to parachute into the Dolby Theater.

"Thank you for inviting me to be a part of it, especially this year, when the world finally got out of the house to see the films you worked so hard to make, the way you intended them to be seen — in a theater," Kimmel said during his opening monologue.