The Oscars celebrate their 95th edition at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles this Sunday and, although many still remember Will Smith’s famous slap in the face, there are plenty of reasons to think that the Hollywood Academy has turned the page and that this installment will shine by itself.
These are the ten keys to enjoying the Oscars 2023:
1-SLAP WHAT SLAP?
The organizing entity of the Oscars has done everything possible to leave behind the episode of the slap and, in order to prevent the same thing from happening again at a gala, it has created for the first time in its history an acting team to solve crisis or similar unforeseen events, although it has not provided details on how it will work.
For now, Smith will not be at the gala this year or in the next after the Hollywood Academy banned him from any of its events for the next decade.
Smith’s slap to comedian Chris Rock for joking about his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith’s alopecia, overshadowed last year’s ceremony, with gala officials acknowledging that “The management of the situation was not up to the task.”
2-FROM BIG BUDGET FILMS TO AUTHOR CINEMA
The best film category this year reveals a heterogeneous panorama in which big-budget films coexist (“Avatar”)“indie” hits (“Everything Everywhere All At Once”)films by cult directors (“The Fabelmans”) and author productions available on platforms (“The Banshees of Inisherin”).
3-AN EDITION MARKED BY RETURNS
How not to remember the clumsy Brendan Fraser of “George of the Jungle” or the nice Ke Huy Quan from “The Goonies”? The most nostalgic are in luck because they both come out of ostracism and return to Hollywood. The former returns thanks to his best actor nomination for “The Whale”while the second does the same in the secondary actor category for “Everything Everywhere All At Once”.
In addition, the iconic Jamie Lee Curtis, who is nominated for best supporting actress for her role in “Everything Everywhere All At Once”, also returns to the spotlight.
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4-FIVE DEBUTANTS IN THE BEST ACTOR CATEGORY
For the first time since 1935, The five finalists in the Best Actor section are newcomers: Austin Butler (“Elvis”), Colin Farrell (“The Banshees of Inisherin”), Bill Nighy (“Living”), Paul Mescal (“Aftersun”) and the aforementioned Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”) make their Oscars debut .
5-DISCRETE LATINO REPRESENTATION
Latino representation This year it is reduced to the Hispano-Cuban Ana de Armas (“Blonde”) within the category of best actress; the Mexican Guillermo del Toro, with his adaptation of “Pinocchio”, nominated for best animated film; and his compatriot Alfonso Cuarón, with “Le Pupille”candidate for best short film.
Likewise, the tape “Argentina, 1985”, by Santiago Mitre, will compete in the category of best international film.
6-KIDMAN, BANDERAS, HAYEK… AND JIMMY KIMMEL AS A PRESENTER
This installment will be presented by consolidated stars in Hollywood such as Nicole Kidman, Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek o Glenn Closeas well as figures that have acquired greater importance in the last decade, such as Ariana DeBose, Andrew Garfield o Jessica Chastain, among others. the comedian Jimmy Kimmel He returns to serve as emcee after assuming this role in the 2017 and 2018 installments.
7-RIHANNA, LEADING MUSICAL PERFORMANCES
Rihanna, who returned to perform at the break of the last Super Bowl after six years without offering live shows, will also be at the Oscars performing the song “Lift Me Up”, from the film “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”, nominated this anus. Lenny Kravitz will also participate in the musical part of the ceremony, with a tribute to the members of the film industry who died this year; pop artist Sofia Carson; the singer and guitarist David Byrne, or the singer-songwriter and composer Diane Warren.
8-MICHAEL J. FOX AND PETER WEIR, AMONG THE 2023 HONORARY AWARDS
Warren herself has been one of the personalities chosen to receive the honorary golden statuette -Governors Awards- for her contributions to the film industry. These awards were presented at a previous gala held in November and were also awarded to filmmakers Peter Weir and Euzhan Palcy, and actor Michael J. Fox, who received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Governors Awards.
9-A CHAMPAGNE CARPET AND NOT RED
For the first time in more than sixty years, the stars invited to the gala They will parade on a champagne-colored carpet, and not red, before entering the Dolby Theatre.
10-IMPROVING AUDIENCE RECORDS, A FUNDAMENTAL TASK
The 95th edition of the Oscars will begin at 5:00 p.m. local time on Sunday (1.00 GMT on Monday) and will be broadcast for another year in the US on ABC, a network that has seen audience numbers plummet in the last two decades. After reaching 28.9% of US households in 2014, the gala gradually lost interest until hitting bottom in 2021, with 1.9% screen share, and timidly go up last year, when it reached a 3.8% audience rate.
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