The film “Everything Everywhere All At Once” took home seven awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Michelle Yeoh, who became the first Asian woman to win the category.
Host Jimmy Kimmel promised a night of “no nonsense,” but still managed to take jabs at Will Smith, who won Best Actor for “King Richard” despite his on-stage slap of comedian Chris Rock at last year’s ceremony.
Brendan Fraser won Best Actor for “The Whale,” his first Academy Award win in his 30-year career, while David Kwan and Daniel Scheinert won Best Director for “Everything Everywhere All At Once.”
Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis also became first-time winners, taking home trophies for Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively. Quan, who is only the second Asian actor to win in the supporting actor category, fought back tears as he received a standing ovation.
Curtis, a self-described “Nepo baby,” gave shout-outs to her late parents, actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, who were both Oscar nominees.
While the Dolby Theater erupted into applause for Curtis, actress Angela Bassett, who was nominated for the same award for her role in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” appeared to remain seated and didn’t seem to clap on ABC’s broadcast.
An unplanned but heartening Oscar moment was when “An Irish Goodbye” star James Martin was sung “Happy Birthday” by many on stage and in the audience when his film won Best Live Action Short Film.
Martin, who has Down syndrome and rose to prominence after working as a Starbucks barista, turned 31 Sunday.