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2023 Oscars – Latest news from 95th Academy Awards

The 95th Academy Awards, which honor the best motion pictures of 2022 from around the world, take place in Los Angeles on Sunday (tonight).

Everyone is aware of the incident at the 2022 Oscars, in which Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock in the face for making a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss.

Hollywood is poised to ditch last year’s ceremony as all the big names in the film industry gear up for the 95th Annual Academy Awards.

Traditionally, the four reigning winners of last year’s Academy Awards come back to present the awards to their successors.

Last year’s winners Ariana DeBose, Troy Kotsur and Jessica Chastain will be in attendance, but fourth, Will Smith, will not attend the ceremony as he has been banned for 10 years for attending the Oscars.

Fans are excited to see who would replace Smith, although more than 50 stars take their turn to present the trophies.

Other stars presenting categories this year include Harrison Ford, Nicole Kidman, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, John Travolta, Emily Blunt, Glenn Close, Jennifer Connelly and Florence Pugh.

Interestingly, Halle Berry was also invited to the presentation. She remains the only woman of color to win Best Actress at the Oscars, but we could see her second this year with Yeoh.

Other category presenters include Paul Dano, Andrew Garfield, Cara Delevingne, Kate Hudson, Michael B. Jordan, Jonathan Majors, Mindy Kaling, Eva Longoria, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Andie MacDowell and Riz Ahmed.

Antonio Banderas, Elizabeth Banks, Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek Pinault, Melissa McCarthy, Halle Bailey, Janelle Monáe, Questlove, Elizabeth Olsen and Pedro Pascal will join them to present the trophies.

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Here are the details on the 2023 Oscars

The star-studded event, taking place at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, begins at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, 5:00 p.m. Pacific and will be broadcast live on ABC.

HOST

Jimmy Kimmel will host for the third time and for the first time since 2018. This was also the last Academy Awards ceremony to feature a solo presenter. The show went without a host for several years after Kimmel’s final appearance. Last year, Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes guested as a trio.

INTERESTING

— Oscars without a red carpet: Stars walk on a champagne-colored carpet.

— All 23 categories will be awarded live this year.

Shocking

— Andrea Riseborough’s unexpected nomination for Best Actress. Riseborough was nominated for the little-seen Texas drama To Leslie after many A-list stars rallied around her performance.

– Two other Best Actress contenders – Danielle Deadwyler (“Till”) and Viola Davis (“Woman King”)

— John Williams (“The Fabelmans”), running for top score, is the oldest contestant ever at 90 years old.

No women nominated for best director

After Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) and Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”) won two historic wins for best director, no woman was nominated for best director this year.

Films in the competition for the best picture

— Nothing new in the West

— Avatar: The Way of Water

— The Banshees of Inisherin

– Elvis

— All everywhere at once

– The Fabelmans

— Tar

– Top Gun: Maverick

— Triangle of Sadness–

— Women talk.” Here’s a guide on how to watch it.

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FAVORITES

— Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s indie sci-fi hit “Everything Everywhere All at Once” comes in with 11 leading nominations.

— Hot on its heels, however, is dark comedy The Banshees of Inisherin starring Irish friends, which grapples with nine nods, a total that matches Netflix’s WWI film All Quiet on the Western Front.

— For Best Actress, Michelle Yeoh (“All At Once”) may have a slight advantage over Cate Blanchett (“Tár”).

— Best Actor is harder to name, with Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”) and Austin Butler (“Elvis”) in the mix.

— In the minor categories, Angela Bassett (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) and Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All at Once) are the frontrunners.

Jamie Lee Curtis’ win at the Screen Actors Guild Awards may have thrown a wrench in the supporting actress category.

Steven Spielberg (“The Fabelmans”) could win his third-best director Oscar, although the Daniels may have emerged as the front-runner.

Don’t expect to see Will Smith at the Oscars anytime soon, either. After beating Chris Rock at last year’s ceremony, Smith was barred from attending by the film academy for 10 years. Finally, in a live Netflix special on Saturday, Rock hit back at Smith with a violent stand-up set about the incident.

“Everything everywhere at once”

It’s looking like the year of the sci-fi movie, as the film garnered the most nominations — 11, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Yeoh), Supporting Actor (Ke Huy Quan), and Supporting Actress (Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu) — and there’s a very real possibility that it could win it all at once.

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