The Academy once again disappoints


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Academy Award winners Ke Huy Quan (left), Michelle Yeoh, Brendan Fraser and Jamie Lee Curtis pose after winning. While Quan and Yeoh were the consensus picks, viewers were unhappy with Curtis’ win.

By Sarah Rose, Senior Lifestyle Writer

Every year the Oscars remind us why we turn to cinema: to become inspired by intoxicating stories from around the world.

The 95th Oscars award ceremony kicked off with Jimmy Kimmel making a sweeping appearance on stage by way of a parachute. Kimmel, known for his late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” hosted the Academy Awards for the third time on March 12. 

Kimmel’s opening monologue and brief talking moments throughout the ceremony consisted of cracking half-decent jokes and references to the Will Smith slap that happened last year at the Oscars. Because we can’t move on from the slap incident, it was fun to play the ‘how many times did the slap get brought up’ game. 

Kimmel did, however, call out the Academy for not diversifying their nominations such as excluding extraordinary films such as “Till” and “The Woman King” from receiving nominations.

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” dominated the Oscars by winning seven of its 11 nominations. The film won the most anticipated category of the night, which was Best Picture. The whole cast walked up on stage for this win, eliciting a standing ovation from everyone in the theater. Ke Huy Quan won Best Supporting Actor, making everyone listening to his speech cry of joy as he mentioned his story started as an immigrant immigrating to America.

To sum up the ceremony, the Academy celebrated a profound film that explored the Asian American experience by giving an Oscar to Jamie Lee Curtis. Curtis won Best Supporting Actress for her small role in “Everything Everywhere All at Once” which should have gone to Stephanie Hsu who performed better in a larger role in the same film or Angela Bassett who played a powerful queen in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” Both arguably outperformed Curtis in their nominated roles. 

Michelle Yeoh won Best Actress, one of the big five categories, which made her the first Asian woman and second woman of color to do so. Also making Oscars history was the energetic dancing song “Naatu Naatu” from the Indian film “RRR.” This becomes the first Indian song to win an Oscar in Academy Awards history. M. M. Keeravaani and Chandrabose, the song’s creators, accepted their award by breaking into song.

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” which depicted the devastating reality of World War I, won four Oscars for Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography and Best International Feature Film for Germany. The film comes in second place for winning the most Oscars this year. 

Best Actor went to Brendan Fraser for his role in “The Whale” which made Fraser look like he was going to pass out from shock when he took to the stage to accept his award. Fraser was in tears while the Academy was announcing the nominations for Best Actor, showing the world how humble their winner is. 

The surprises of the night go to the films “Tár” and “Elvis” for leaving the ceremony empty handed even after their theater successes. Steven Spielberg’s compelling, personal movie “The Fabelmans” also went home empty handed after fans were sure of at least one win from the genius mind of Spielberg. 

The two blockbuster fantasy hits “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and “Avatar: The Way of Water” both took home only one win in the categories Best Costume Design and Best Visual Effects, respectively. 

A night that featured a cocaine bear and a donkey was made complete by Halle Bailey’s “The Little Mermaid” teaser trailer and riveting performances by Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava. 

To see the full list of Academy Award winners, visit the Oscars website.