The 2023 Academy Awards is over. It was one of the most unforgettable events this year with lots of surprises and many record-breaking moments and historic wins.
Here are six things that happened at the Oscars that made history:
1. Michelle Yeoh became the first Asian woman to win Best Actress
The actress bagged the award for her stunning performance in Everything Everywhere All at Once. She said during her acceptance speech, “For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibilities. This is proof that dreams do come true. And ladies, don’t let anybody tell you that you are ever past your prime. Never give up.”
2. Ke Huy Quan became the first Vietnam born actor to win Best Supporting Actor
The actor won the award for his epic performance in the movie Everything Everywhere All at Once.
He said in his speech, “My journey started on a boat, I spent a year in a refugee camp, and somehow, I ended up here, on Hollywood’s biggest stage.”
3. A24 became the first studio to win Best Picture, Best Director, and all four acting awards
Five awards came from Everything Everywhere All at Once and the sixth one from Brendan Fraser who won Best Actor for his performance in The Whale.
The actor expressed his appreciation during his acceptance speech, saying, “I’d like to thank the Academy for this honor, and studio A24 for making such a bold film.”
4. “Naatu Naatu” became the first Telugu song to bag Best Original Song
The song was in some tough competition, beating Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Dianne Warren. It’s the first Telugu song to ever win and the first one from an Indian film to win, too. It also made the Indian film, RRR, as the first to win in a category that doesn’t fall under Best International Film.
Keeravani sang during his acceptance speech, “Thank you Academy. I grew up listening to the Carpenters. And now, here I am with the Oscars. There was only one wish on my mind…..”
5. Guillermo del Toro became the first ever to win Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Animated Feature.
Guillermo del Toro won Best Animated Feature at the Oscar’s for Pinocchio. He bagged the Best Picture and Best Director in 2017 for the movie, The Shape of Water.