NOTE: This article is a republication- Source: Independent (by Louis Chilton).
It was a night of few surprises. The 2023 Academy Awards, held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday (13 March), went ahead after two years marred by incident – first Covid, then an on-stage altercation.
In comparison, this year’s affair, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, was rather muted, with the awards themselves being dominated by one serial winner: the goofy multiverse comedy-drama Everything Everywhere All at Once.
The ceremony did, however, throw up a number of memorable moments, whether they were scripted – such as Kimmel’s dig at Matt Damon, re-awakening a long-held feud – or spontaneous, such as Elizabeth Banks’s graceful recovery after almost tripping over her particularly ornate dress.
Among the other highlights of the evening were the directors of Short Film winner An Irish Goodbye leading the auditorium in a rendition of “Happy Birthday”, and the heartfelt speech from Best Supporting Actor winner Ke Huy Quan.
Hugh Grant too had a memorable evening – from a “painful” red carpet interview, to an on-stage appearance in which he compared himself to a “scrotum”.
Here are the six biggest talking points from the Oscars 2023.
There was never going to be an easy way to address the sensational events of last year’s Oscars. Will Smith’s slap was too big to go unacknowledged, but – as this year’s ceremony showed – jokes about the incident quickly wear thin. Host Jimmy Kimmel made several throughout the evening, including during his opening monologue, when he joked: “If anyone in this theatre commits an act of violence at any point, you will be awarded the Oscar for Best Actor and permitted to give a 19-minute long speech.” The elephant in the room never completely went away, however, and further slap jokes throughout the evening didn’t help matters.
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