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Mar 13, 2023

Our Favorite Moments From 2023’s Academy Awards

The 95th annual Academy Awards took place this past Sunday, and they were as magical as we remembered.

On one upside the 95th annual Academy Awards hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, saw a three year high in viewing boosts! Sunday’s telecast, which clocked in at a little over 3 1/2 hours, was dominated by Everything Everywhere All at Once’s incredible seven wins!

We don’t know about you, but there was not a dry eye in the building when Michelle Yeoh took home this incredible and historic moment. So incredibly well deserved for her talent. Tears.

And in a hostoric win (where are our millennials?! Our favorite Goonie took it home!) Ke Huy Quan took home the Oscar making history as the first time in history when two asian actors took home an Oscar on the same evening!

Halle Berry replaced Will Smith after last year’s best actor winner was banned from the Academy Awards, resulting in an emotional and historic moment. The pure emotion caught in this photo is beautiful.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – MARCH 12: Michelle Yeoh, winner of the Best Actress award for “Everything Everywhere All at Once” walks backstage with Jessica Chastain and Halle Berry at the 95th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Michelle Yeoh became the first Asian woman to win the best actress Oscar and only the second woman of color to take home that award. She was presented with that honor by Halle Berry, who was the first actress of color and first Black woman to win in the category more than 20 years ago. A beautiful full circle moment was created and we love to see it go down as part of Hollywood history. Ahead of the ceremony, fellow best actress presenter Jessica Chastain — who has been a vocal advocate for gender equity in Hollywood herself — shared withEntertainment Tonight that while she was not at the rehearsals because of her Broadway play A Doll’s House, she was “so excited since they told me we were gonna present together,” before adding to Berry, who joined her for part of the interview, “I am so honored to do this with you.”

Halle Berry herself noted during the carpet interview that going out onstage with Jessica Chastain to present the best actress winner “was gonna be a moment” and added that if Yeoh took home the trophy, she would likely be the most emotional onstage. “If she does, I get to give her that,” Halle Berry said ahead of Michelle Yeoh’s win. “If I do, I’ll be a bigger mess than she is. Watch for it.”

Meanwhile, Ke Huy Quan and Harrison Ford’s ‘Indiana Jones’ awards season reunion concludes with an Oscars hug! From the film that started it all to a reunion at The Oscars, this was a captivating moment that brought to fruition the idea of full circle. How did this moment even come to be? Well, Harrison Ford, whose latest Indiana Jones adventure The Dial of Destiny is set to hit theaters this June, served as the presenter for the best picture category at the 95th annual ceremony. Which put him onstage when Quan accepted the win alongside his castmates and the creative team of Everything Everywhere All at Once.

THE OSCARS® – The 95th Oscars® will air live from the Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on ABC and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT. (ABC) HARRISON FORD, KE HUY QUAN

“As I get closer, he turns and points his finger at me, and he has that classic, famous, grumpy Harrison Ford look,” Quan told The New York Times about the reunion. “I go, ‘Oh my gosh, he probably thinks I’m a fan and he’s gonna tell me to not come near him.’ But he looks and points at me and says, ‘Are you Short Round?’ Immediately, I was transported back to 1984, when I was a little kid, and I said, ‘Yes, Indy.’ And he said, ‘Come here,’ and gave me a big hug.”

The 95th Oscars was dominated by indie distributor A24, out of 23 categories, A24 films won nine. Although we wouldn’t say it was a bad night for the streamers that are increasingly central to the business. Netflix can claim responsibility for six wins — best international feature, cinematography, original score and production design for its German-language film All Quiet on the Western Front; best animated feature for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio; and best documentary short for the aforementioned Elephant Whisperers — while Apple bagged the one award for which it campaigned heavily, best animated short, for The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.

Let us know what your favorite moments from the evening were! We’d love to hear your thoughts below.