Yesterday, the Academy held the 95th annual Academy Awards presentation at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California. While the events went off without a hitch, after the shock of last year's ceremony, this year's ceremony seemed downright boring.
And boring, in that respect, was welcome.
Even better though, it had several heart-warming moments.
The event was just what I would have scripted, with minor changes. Back to a singular host. Every category included back in. Winners generally allowed to make their speech. Not really caring about the length, just letting it be what it should be.
Sure, the memoriam section still needs to be turned over to TCM or someone else to produce. There were odd choices made in the song performances. And some of my choices didn't work out.
Generally, though, it was a successful show.
Everything Everywhere All At Once continued its successful march that led up to the ceremony and largely swept the categories with seven awards including Best Picture, Best Director(s), Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Screenplay. This included great celebratory wins for Ke Huy Quan, the first award for Jamie Lee Curtis, and a historic win for Michelle Yeoh as the first Asian American to win a best lead actor/actress award.
A24 as a studio is really the one to watch out for, becoming the first studio to win in all the major categories in the same ceremony. Its fare has become more varied and is drawing more attention, so it will be a major player to watch.
It made for a late night, as on the east coast, we didn't wrap until 11:30 pm, but it was fun to make it through. Will have to see what next year brings.
Hopefully another boring, but heart-warming show.