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History was made at this year’s Academy Awards thanks to historic wins for Asian actors Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan, costume designer Ruth E. Carter as the first black woman to win two Oscars and best original song winner “Naatu Naatu.” first win in Hindi film category. As expected, “Everywhere At Once” won with five wins, and “All Quiet on the Western Front” won with four.
Meanwhile, “Elvis,” “The Fables,” “Banshees of Inisherin” and “Tar” all went home empty-handed despite 30 best picture nominations. Here, Diversity He breaks down 95’s biggest mistakes and surprisesc Annual Academy Awards.
SNUB: Angela Bassett, Best Supporting Actress, “Wkanda Forever”
All season, the supporting actress category has been a bit of a question mark. While Bassett appears to be the first lead to win the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards, neither of those voting bodies match the Oscars. So when Kerry Condon won the BAFTA and Jamie Lee Curtis took home the SAG Award, the category began to look fairly open. And no one can deny Bassett’s strong performance in a film that everyone saw, or how impressive his performances were. Bassett still earned sweet shout-outs from co-hosts Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors. “Hey, Auntie,” said Jordan Majors, who played her nephew in the first “Black Panther” movie, “We love you.”
SNUB: Catherine Martin and “Elvis”
“Elvis” entered the night with an impressive eight nominations, including three for Martin for picture, production design and costume design. It looked like Austin Butler might win a lead actor after winning a BAFTA for “Elvis,” but SAG Award winner Brendan Fraser won the category for “The Whale.”
SURPRISE: Ruth E. Carter, Best Costume Design, “Black Panther: Forever Wakanda”
It’s hard to call it a shock that someone as famous as Carter took home an award, but after winning the BAFTA, Catherine Martin was slightly favored. They competed in various categories at the Costume Designers Guild Awards, where “Elvis” won for period film, while “Wakanda Forever” lost to “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” – seemingly favoring Martin. But in the end, Carter not only won on Oscar night, she became the first Black woman in history to win two Academy Awards.
SNUB: Mandy Walker, Best Cinematography, “Elvis”
History was made a week ago when Walker became the first female director of photography to win the top prize at the Cinematographers Society of America Awards in the feature film category — and it looks like she’s on track to repeat her Oscar win. A woman in the 95-year history of the Academy Awards. But in the end, the award went to James Friend for his amazing work in All Quiet on the Western Front.
SURPRISE: Volker Bertelmann, Best Original Score, All Quiet on the Western Front
Most pundits predicted the category would go to the previous two winners – Justin Hurwitz for his acclaimed Babylon score and five-time Oscar winner/legend John Williams. But it was the German composer Bertelmann who received the first Academy Award.