The much-awaited 2023 Oscars ceremony has taken place! There was no slapping this year — probably for the best — but there was a lot of excitement and definitely some moments that will go down in Academy Awards history. Check them out! There was a donkey, a bear, some amazing dresses — and some very awkward moments. In fact, there was basically Everything Everywhere All at Once!
For the first time in Oscars history, the color of the carpet was changed. Instead of it being red, stars walked down a Champagne-colored one. Jimmy Kimmel unveiled it to the press on the Wednesday before the ceremony and referenced the infamous Will Smith slap when he joked, "I think the decision to go with a Champagne carpet over a red carpet shows how confident we are that no blood will be shed.”
One winner gets a singalong
It was a tremendous night for James Martin, the star of Best Live-Action Short winner An Irish Goodbye. When the cast and crew were on stage the short’s producer Tom Berkeley announced, “This award is actually the second most important thing about today, because it's this man's birthday. He's out here in Hollywood, wearing a leopard-print suit jacket. We'd love to use the rest of our time up here to sing to James.” And the whole auditorium did. It was magical.
Janelle Monae stands out
Janelle Monae never puts a foot wrong on the red carpet...or Champagne carpet in this case. At the 2023 Oscars ceremony she wore bright colors that popped out against the light ones, and it was an excellent choice. She was photobombed by her Glass Onion co-star Kate Hudson while posing for the cameras, and still looked like a goddess in the shot.
Andrea Riseborough partied away the controversy
When Andrea Riseborough was nominated for her movie To Leslie, it caused a minor scandal. Her team had skipped the usual “for your consideration” rounds and instead encouraged other celebrities to hype up Riseborough’s performance on social media. In the end the Academy ended up reviewing her nomination to make sure no rules had been broken. But despite all that, Riseborough partied with her fellow celebrities and had a good time.