The wild, wild family drama “Everything Everywhere All at Once” has swept awards season, winning just about everything … everywhere, including top honors at the Producers Guild, the Directors Guild, Screen Actors Guild and Independent Spirit Awards. Will her dominance continue at the 95th Academy Awards?
Stick around here from the start of the ceremony to the end of the night as Times columnists Mary McNamara and Glenn Whipp and staff writers Michael Ordoña and Tracy Brown break down the best speeches, biggest upsets and other top stories from Sunday’s awards. Fingers crossed for a dramatic night, hopefully it doesn’t involve anyone walking on stage — unless their name is called.
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6:04 pm For those wondering, here’s what’s going on in the press room: Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson continue to support animation as an art form and animators as artists. “Animators are our stars and they’re never going to get enough recognition,” Gustafson said, with del Toro adding, “It’s important that the animation was done by people who have been… treated as artists, not technicians, and [were] credited to the film as such.” — Tuberculosis
5:58 pm Irish victory! For “A Irish Goodbye!” Thank God, I was afraid all the glorious accents in the audience were not heard (fingers crossed still, Colin Farrell). — MM
5:58 pm Well, the Irish had to win something tonight. — GW
5:54 pm And I liked Kimmel, Mary. I thought he delivered a classic Carson/Crystal opening monologue. It was funny and had some edge – but not too much. It wasn’t bad. It’s been a great show so far – long, emotional speeches… and now a middle finger to Putin for this ‘Navalny’ documentary victory. — GW
5:50 p.m I’m trying to sort out the mixed feelings about the supporting actor win for Jamie Lee Curtis, Mary, and how that category shifted from an “It’s Angela Bassett’s time” narrative to a Jamie Lee Curtis celebration. It wasn’t until about a month ago that it became apparent that “Everything Everywhere All at Once” was incredibly popular with … everyone. And Bassett didn’t stand a chance when that wave started. I hope he finds another great role. — GW
5:49 pm So Glenn, what do you think so far? I mean aside from the “Every Oscar All At Once” trend? I liked the opening behind-the-scenes montage, although I think the late queen had a more dramatic parachute drop. Kimmel had to do a lot of work with that opening, and it was a bit laborious, but the “just do what you did last year – nothing” to last year’s live Oscars audience was pretty intense. — MM
5:46 pm I was just trying to place the singer of “Applause” (Sophia Carson, performing a Diane Warren composition). And he only recognized her after someone mentioned “Descendants,” a Disney Channel movie. — Tuberculosis
5:39 pm ‘Oh, shut up’: Jamie Lee Curtis’ initial reaction to winning an Oscar might be my favorite of all time. — MM
5:37 pm Well, this is going to be an “Everything and everywhere all at once” steamer of an evening. — GW
5:36 pm The biggest reaction in the room for the supporting actors is definitely for Jamie Lee Curtis — and he wins. — MO
5:33 pm Okay, I wasn’t going to cry no matter what, guys, but “Mom, I just won an Oscar” got me. — MM
5:32 pm First standing ovation of the night for Ke Huy Quan — MO
5:32 pm I’m not sure how common the applause is in the press room – it’s my first time here – but when Ke Huy Quan was announced, even the reporters cheered. — Tuberculosis
5:31 pm Oh man, DeBose started crying even before Quan came on stage! — GW
5:29 pm I think they might all be a year older, Mary, by the time this show is over. — GW
5:28 pm I guess the “older” candidates – John Williams, Judd Hirsch – don’t dig fixed-age referees. — MM
5:27 pm Get the tissues ready for Ke Huy Quan’s speech! — GW
5:23 pm I wanted ‘Turning Red’ to win — remember all the hysteria about a movie about menstruation? But ok, the “real boy” can win I guess. — MM
5:20 p.m This has been a very good year for stop motion. And Guillermo Del Toro used every victory speech on the way to that win to reiterate that animation is cinema, it’s not just a medium for kids. — Tuberculosis
5:18 pm Did The Rock Choose His Jacket To Match The Champagne Carpet? — GW
5:15 pm. Kimmel checks all the boxes — pandering to voters who ignore female directors, James Cameron’s ego, the bloated excess of “Babylon,” a jab at Tom Cruise’s no-show, L. Ron Hooba-Hooba… Solid monologue. — GW
5:14 pm Nice job coming up with a slap in the face with the Irish actors riff, after the Scientology slash ref with the “L. Ron Hubba Hubba” jokes. Kimmel has been warmly received in the room so far, with people even embracing the “Cameron didn’t get a name, what do they think he is, a woman?” line with the appropriate “whoas”. — MO
5:07 pm Right out of the gate, heavy: Movies! In theaters! And, a year after the academy removed a number of craft categories from the ceremony, the opening montage highlighted those very disciplines! It takes a village to make cinematic magic! — GW
5:06 pm Nicole Kidman/AMC was mentioned for a minute on Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue — she was really hoping she’d come down the steps in her sparkly pants, but I guess that’s too much to ask. — MM
5:04 pm It’s hard to tell if the vocal support in the room for “Everything Everywhere” is love for the film or comes from the many, many nominees they have in the room. I guess it’s a combination of both. — MO
4:56 pm Hello from the press room! This is Tracy Brown, staff writer, reporting on location at the Oscars for the first time. For those interested, the press room is located in a ballroom with a bunch of tables and chairs filled with reporters waiting to ask their final questions to the eventual winners. And I’m firmly team “Everything everywhere all at once.” — Tracy Brown
4:54 pm Hey, it’s none other than Michael Ordoña, another Envelope hunk, watching from Row K, Seat 3 at the Dolby Theatre.
Looking at the show’s lineup, the first race up for grabs will be EARLY — supporting actor. Recently this seemed like a lock for Angela Bassett to do this, but now, not so much. — Michael Ordoña
4:47 pm Hi Glenn! Here we are again, hoping for a show that, er, slaps without actually slapping. Wow, I messed up and won’t bring it up again, although it will be interesting to see how, or if, host Jimmy Kimmel brings it up. Kimmel, of course, has some experience with Oscar drama, having hosted the 2017 telecast when “La La Land” was mistakenly announced for Best Picture when “Moonlight” had actually won. Brave to return. Let’s hear from Michael Ordona who is actually in the room! — Mary McNamara
4:42 pm Hello, Oscar watchers! I’m Glenn Whipp, awards columnist for The Times, adjusting to a dramatic evening — but for the right reasons this time. “Everything Everywhere All At Once” may have a lock on the best picture award, but three of the four acting awards are up for grabs. (Ke Huy Quan is the only sure thing… be prepared to tear up during the supporting actor acceptance speech.) Tom Cruise isn’t here… but, surprise, surprise, Lady Gaga is. And so is my friend and colleague, Times columnist Mary McNamara. Hello Mary! — Glen Whip