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The Oscars 2023: Everything You Need To Know

L-R: Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett and Cate Blanchett

The biggest night on the awards-season calendar, the Oscars 2023 will bring together Hollywood’s most well-known names for an evening of statuettes, speeches and, perhaps, some drama. From the notable nominations to the red-carpet fashion to look forward to, here is everything you need to know

Cate Blanchett has been nominated for Best Lead Actress in Tár

Who is nominated for an Oscar in 2023?

The nominations for the 95th Academy Awards were announced on January 24 by Riz Ahmed and Allison Williams. Scoring the most nods, Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s indie sleeper-hit Everything Everywhere All At Once garnered 11 nominations, with recognition across the acting categories as well as a joint nomination for Best Director. It was closely followed by Martin McDonagh’s black comedy, The Banshees of Inisherin, and Edward Berger’s war epic, All Quiet on the Western Front. All three are included in the race for Best Picture, along with Avatar: The Way Of Water, Elvis, The Fabelmans, Tár, Top Gun: Maverick, Triangle of Sadness and Women Talking.

The Best Lead Actress shortlist has drawn critique for a few notable snubs (including Viola Davis and Danielle Deadwyler), with Cate Blanchett (Tár), Ana de Armas (Blonde), Andrea Riseborough (To Leslie), Michelle Williams (The Fabelmans) and Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once) all in the running. If Yeoh, who was successful at the recent Golden Globes, takes home the accolade, she will become the first Asian actress to win this category in the Academy Awards’ history. Also notable is the absence of any female nominees on this year’s Best Director list, with much-speculated nominees Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Woman King) and Sarah Polley (Women Talking) both omitted. Meanwhile, by being recognized in the Best Supporting Actress category, Angela Bassett (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) has received her second Oscar nod – and the first acting nomination for the Marvel franchise.

Zoë Kravitz in Saint Laurent, 2022; Zendaya in Valentino, 2021; Lily James wearing Atelier Versace, 2022

What is the fashion like at the Oscars?

Style is certainly a big part of the theatrics at the Oscars, and there have been a series of notable fashion moments throughout its history. At last year’s ceremony, Zoë Kravitz looked stunning in a pink Saint Laurent dress and Manolo Blahnik heels, with styling reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn in the ’50s. And when Zendaya wore a yellow cutout gown by Valentino in 2021, it set the tone for this season’s party offering. One of the most notable dresses in history, though, goes to Halle Berry, who, in 2002, donned a partially sheer, floral embroidered Elie Saab gown on the night she became the first African American woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress.

When, where and how will the Oscars 2023 take place?

The ceremony will take place on March 12 at its usual venue of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. It will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who returns for the third time having helmed the proceedings in 2017 and 2018. As has become customary, it is expected that performances will come from Best Original Song nominees (the 2022 ceremony featured Beyoncé and Billie Eilish). If that is the case, 2023 could see nominees Rihanna (with Lift Me Up from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) and Lady Gaga (with Hold My Hand from Top Gun: Maverick) take to the stage.

Overturning a decision that caused controversy at the 2022 event, which saw eight categories cut out of the main telecast, Bill Kramer, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has confirmed that all 23 categories will be televised. “We are committed to having a show that celebrates the artisans, the arts and sciences and the collaborative nature of moviemaking,” he told Variety.

What happened at the Oscars 2022?

The defining moment of the Oscars 2022 was Will Smith slapping Chris Rock on stage after the comedian made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Will Smith went on to win Best Actor later in the night. While this was the overshadowing talking point from the event, there were several notable and historic wins elsewhere. Ariana DeBose became the first openly queer woman of color to win an Academy Award, taking home Best Supporting Actress for her electrifying performance in West Side Story. Jane Campion won Best Director for The Power of the Dog, becoming only the third woman ever to win in the category, while writer-director Sian Heder was awarded Best Adapted Screenplay for drama Coda – which also scooped Best Picture, the most prestigious accolade of the night – and Billie Eilish and Finneas were recognized for their Best Original Song, No Time To Die. Jessica Chastain, who was named Best Actress for The Eyes of Tammy Faye, gave the most powerful acceptance speech of the night in support of LGBTQ+ rights. Calling out “discriminatory and bigoted legislation”, she dedicated the award to “any of you out there [feeling] hopeless or alone… you are unconditionally loved for the uniqueness that is you”.

Stay tuned for the 2023 Oscars on March 12


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