The 96th Academy Awards

The 96th Academy Awards: The Oscars. A night of glitz, glamour, and guaranteed chaos. This year’s ceremony, hosted by the ever-reliable Jimmy Kimmel, was no exception. Forget the predictable red carpet arrivals and endless acceptance speeches; the real drama unfolds when you put a room full of Hollywood A-listers together.

Kimmel kicked things off with a bang, his opening monologue a hilarious whirlwind that tackled everything from the surprising snub of Greta Gerwig’s directorial efforts to the ignominious box-office flop of Madame Web.

The 96th Academy Awards

He even addressed the elephant in the room (or rather, the presumed winner in the audience): Robert Downey Jr.’s near-certain victory for Best Supporting Actor (which, spoiler alert, did indeed come to pass).

The night wasn’t just about Kimmel’s jokes and premonitions. Da’Vine Joy Randolph’s emotional speech upon winning Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Holdovers set the tone for a ceremony rich in heartfelt moments.

The 96th Academy Awards

With tears in her eyes, she recounted her journey from aspiring singer to award-winning actress, thanking her mother for pushing her towards the stage and everyone who had supported her along the way. Her win became the first of several history-making moments.

Lily Gladstone, nominated for Best Actress for her powerful performance in Killers of the Flower Moon, shattered a glass ceiling by becoming the first Native American woman to ever contend in that category.

The 96th Academy Awards

Furthermore, the night saw an unprecedented number of female directors shine. Three of the Best Picture nominees, Barbie, Anatomy of a Fall, and Past Lives, were all helmed by women, signifying a long-awaited shift towards inclusivity in filmmaking.

As the night progressed, awards were handed out, with Cillian Murphy delivering a tour-de-force performance acceptance speech for his role as J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Emma Stone bringing the house down with her win for Best Actress, embodying the chaotic energy of Bella Baxter in Poor Things.

The 96th Academy Awards

The biggest prize of the night, however, went to Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, which reigned supreme as Best Picture.

But what truly captured the hearts of viewers at home? A combination of factors. Ryan Gosling‘s unexpectedly delightful rendition of “I’m Just Ken” during the ceremony provided a welcome dose of lightheartedness.

The 96th Academy Awards

Additionally, the show mercifully avoided the dreaded time-overruns that often plague such events. The result? A consensus that the Academy had, against all odds, pulled off a truly entertaining and memorable ceremony.

The 96th Academy Awards

Now, let’s delve deeper into some of the most talked-about moments of the night, from the triumphs and surprises to the unforgettable (and occasionally bizarre) occurrences.

We’ll explore the social media reactions, the unexpected fashion choices, and the behind-the-scenes tidbits that make the Oscars such a captivating event. Join us as we dissect the night that had everyone buzzing, from the red carpet to the after-parties.

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