Could “Everything Everywhere, All At Once” actually win it all on Oscar night?
The acclaimed sci-fi comedy starring Michelle Yeoh is heading into the 95th Academy Awards as the clear favorite to win best picture, but the film also has a good chance at other major awards, including best actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, direction and original screenplay. Or maybe Tom Cruise has an ace up his sleeve and “Top Gun: Maverick” will take the top prize of the night. (Stranger things have happened.)
Here are all the winners and highlights from the main Oscars ceremony (broadcast live on ABC), hosted by Jimmy Kimmel:
Jamie Lee Curtis wins her first Oscar, as a supporting actress
“Woo hoo,” exclaims Jamie Lee Curtis, hugging Ariana DeBose and taking her supporting actress trophy for “Everything Everywhere.” “I know it looks like I’m standing here by myself, but I’m hundreds of people,” says Curtis, yelling at her directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, “my baby” Michelle Yeoh, all her horror people, and her Hollywood parents. . “We all just won an Oscar together.” She leaves the stage and then Sofia Carson and Diane Warren arrive with a chorus to perform their nominated original song, “Applause” from “Tell It Like a Woman.”
Ke Huy Quan wins Best Supporting Actor Award
After hugging his co-star Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan goes on stage to take his supporting actor trophy for “Everything Everywhere” and immediately starts crying. «My mother is 84 years old and is at home watching. Mom, I just won an Oscar!” he says he tearfully. He tells how his journey began on a ship, involved spending a year in a refugee camp, and “somehow ended up on the Oscars stage. This is the American dream.” He concludes by saying that “dreams are something you have to believe in. I almost gave up on mine. Everyone, keep your dreams alive.”
Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pinocchio’ wins Best Animated Feature Film
Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson take the stage to present the first award of the night: Best Animated Feature Film. And the winner is… Netflix’s stop-motion film from director Guillermo del Toro “Pinocchio”! «Animation is cinema, animation is not a genre. The animation is ready to take the next step. Please help us keep the conversation lively,” del Toro says, tearing up as he thanked his parents.
Jimmy Kimmel gets the ‘Top Gun’ treatment to kick off the show
Jimmy Kimmel begins the show when Tom Cruise “ejects” him from a fighter plane and parachutes onto the stage of the Dolby Theater. “Give me a second to adjust my Danger Zone here. My Banshees are stuck in my Inisherin,” he jokes. Kimmel yells to the audience that he’s going back to the theater to see movies and is also glad to see Nicole Kidman out of that “abandoned AMC, where she’s been held captive for two years.”
The host points to first-time nominees Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan, as well as Brendan Fraser: “Two guys from ‘Encino Man’ are Oscar nominees.” Kimmel calls Steven Spielberg and Seth Rogen “the Joe and Hunter Biden of Hollywood” and can’t believe Spielberg was sober doing “ET.” “You were high as a bicycle when you made that movie,” Kimmel quips. He also supports John Williams being a 91 nominee – “He’s still scoring, if you know what I mean” – and mentions the absence of Cruise and James Cameron: “Two guys who insisted we go to the theater didn’t come To the theatre.»
For Angela Bassett, the Oscars are all about ‘the spirit of never giving up’
Supporting actress nominee Angela Bassett, the first actress in a Marvel superhero film to receive a nomination, told USA TODAY that her husband, Courtney B. Vance, has been an essential support system this Oscar season. , accompanying her to award shows and filming her acceptance speeches on her smartphone. “He supported me before the whirlwind,” says the “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” star. “He always trusted and believed that a nomination like this could happen to me one day.”
In addition to being the subject of Ariana DeBose’s viral rap, Bassett has loved going through the awards process with her fellow actors: “When I think about my girl Michelle Yeoh and it’s her first nomination, it’s really about the spirit of never give up.»
A Brendan Fraser win would complete an epic Oscar comeback story
The best actor race seems to be in the hands of Austin Butler, Colin Farrell and Brendan Fraser, although a win for the latter would end one of the most prominent comebacks. After becoming a huge Hollywood star in the 1990s, Fraser has been honest about the difficulties of his career, which included being sexually assaulted, and he won praise for his role in “The Whale.”
In an emotional Screen Actors Guild speech, Fraser yelled out to other actors who have overcome difficulties: “I know how you feel. But trust me, if you stay there and put one foot in front of the other, you’ll get where you need to be.” go.”
New Best Picture Oscar Winner Will Join Hollywood’s Holiest Hall
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” is in the top position to win the best film award for “The Banshees of Inisherin.” «Top Gun: Maverick», «All Quiet on the Western Front», «The Fabelmans» and «Elvis», among others.
The victor will join a long list filled with some of the best movies ever (and some that don’t quite fit that bill). We’ve looked at all 94 so far and ranked them, from the first winner: the 1927 silent war drama “Wings,” which holds up well! – to the joyful Oscar 2022 champion “CODA”.
Get a video tour of the ultra-exclusive green room at the Oscars
USA TODAY’s Ralphie Aversa has been in LA all week for the pre-Academy Awards events, and one of them was checking out the ultra-exclusive, chic green room backstage at the Oscars. He was able to make a fun video tour for our readers, but on Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre, no cameras will be allowed – only performers, presenters, and winners will be able to enjoy the comfortable furnishings, flower arrangements, and food. of the famous chef. Wolfang Puck.
Michelle Yeoh, Colin Farrell could be first-time Academy Award winners
Sixteen of the 20 acting contenders at Sunday’s Oscars are rookies, including “Everything Everywhere” favorites Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis, as well as best actor nominees Brendan Fraser, Colin Farrell and Austin Butler. The four returnees: two-time winner Cate Blanchett (“Tár”), Angela Bassett (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”), Michelle Williams (“The Fabelmans”) and Judd Hirsch (“The Fabelmans”), who last received Once an Oscar nomination for “Ordinary People” from 1980.
But the list of actors who have never won an Academy Award is a pretty star-studded affair overall, including Scarlett Johansson, Antonio Banderas, Glenn Close, Willem Dafoe, Amy Adams, Tom Cruise, and Robert Downey Jr.
The supporting actor is Ke Huy Quan to lose
“Everything Everywhere” star Ke Huy Quan has dominated the competition and made it through awards season. But his quest for victory as a supporting actor has also been a Cinderella story for the actor, who was a child star in the 1980s with roles in “The Goonies” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and then he turned away from Hollywood because of the lack of substantial roles for Asian actors.
“I’m thankful that the landscape has changed, there’s a lot more progress now,” Quan said backstage after winning the Golden Globes. He also made sure to have a ton of fun on Oscar night, posting tons of selfies with his coworkers on his Instagram account.
Best supporting actress is a draw
As far as Oscar predictions go, most acting categories are pretty straightforward with one favorite moving to the front. Not so much with the supporting actress, who can take different paths. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” star Angela Bassett — the first actor to be nominated for a Marvel movie — got the initial boost with Golden Globe and Critics Choice wins, but “Everything Everywhere”‘s Jamie Lee Curtis got a major Screen Actors Guild honor while “The Banshees of Inisherin” actress Kerry Condon picked up the supporting cast trophy at the British Academy Film Awards.
Given the goodwill of SAG and “Everything,” Curtis probably has the best chance over Bassett, though it’s possible the two Hollywood darlings will cancel each other out and Condon will run away to pick up a win.
Good news: Lady Gaga will be performing ‘Hold My Hand’ after all!
A bevy of original song contenders are scheduled for prime-time performances. Rihanna will sing “Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Sofia Carson and songwriter Diane Warren are scheduled to perform “Applause” from “Tell It Like A Woman,” Talking Heads frontman David Byrne joins the supporting actress nominee for “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Stephanie Hsu and musical trio Son Lux for “This Is A Life,” and Indian singers Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava will perform the song-dance number “RRR,” and the favorite in the category. “Naatu Naatu”.
And while Oscar producers previously said she would not perform, Lady Gaga is now scheduled to sing “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick,” a person familiar with the production but not authorized to speak publicly told USA TODAY. (Fun fact: Gaga is filming “Joker: Folie à Deux” with Joaquin Phoenix, who won best actor for the first “Joker” movie.)
Glenn Close tests positive for COVID-19, will not be among Oscar presenters
Glenn Close was expected to be among the dozens of A-list stars available to hand out trophies and appear on the broadcast on Sunday, but he tested positive for COVID-19. A representative for the actress told The Associated Press she is isolating and resting.
Ariana DeBose, Troy Kotsur, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman and Jessica Chastain are among the previous Oscar winners scheduled to present. Also on the list are a number of other high-profile names including Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Melissa McCarthy, Janelle Monáe, Zoe Saldaña, and Harrison Ford.
Just don’t expect a Will Smith appearance. Herrero, who won best actor last year for “King Richard” and would traditionally present the best actress award this year, was banned from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences events for 10 years after she slapped the host of Oscar Chris Rock for making a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Red carpet coverage is coming for fashionistas
All the big stars will arrive on the “champagne carpet” and wearing their Sunday best. AND! “Live from the Red Carpet” begins at 5 p.m. (And check out entertainment.usatoday.com for fashion galleries and analysis.)
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