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Protests in support of Gaza erupt outside the Oscar ceremony as “Poor Things” and Da’Vine Joy Randloph win

<p>With demonstrations for Gaza erupting outside the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, a few scathing words from presenter Jimmy Kimmel, and an Oscar for Da’Vine Joy Randolph for her role in The Holdovers, an election-year Academy Awards ceremony got began on Sunday.</p>
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<p>96th Academy Awards host Kimmel, emceeing the ABC show for the fourth time, earned a few chilly glances (from Sandra Hller, Robert Downey Jr., and Messi, the dog from best-picture candidate Anatomy of a Fall). However, Kimmel received a standing ovation for bringing out teamsters and backstage employees who are now starting their own labor discussions, highlighting Hollywood as a union town in the wake of the 2023 actor and writer strikes.</p>
<p>Paul Giamatti, her co-star from Holdovers, escorted an emotional Randolph, who accepted the first prize of the evening.</p>
<p>Randolph said, “I’ve always wanted to be different for so long.” “And now I realize I just need to be myself.”</p>
<p>Although many predicted Randolph would win, there was an upset shortly after. Unexpectedly, Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy and the Heron defeated the highly anticipated Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse to win best animated picture. The 83-year-old Japanese animation mastermind Miyazaki did not attend the event; he came out of retirement to create The Boy and the Heron. When Spirited Away won the same prize at the 2003 Oscars, he did not attend either.</p>
<p>Stars’ arrivals at the red carpet were delayed on Sunday due to protests against Israel’s assault in Gaza, which shifted attention away from the Oscars and onto the continuing conflict.</p>
<p>There were a few other protests on Sunday surrounding the Oscars. The cops in Los Angeles increased their already heavy presence because they anticipated demonstrations. There are barricades around the Dolby Theatre and its red carpet for many blocks in all directions.</p>
<p>However, demonstrators near Sunset Blvd. security checks caused traffic disruptions by holding placards and yelling for a truce. Arrivals were delayed by up to an hour as some demonstrators chanted “Shame!” at those attempting to enter the Oscars. Helmet-wearing, baton-wielding police proclaimed the gathering to be illegal and issued arrest threats.</p>
<p>A number of guests sported pins in support of Gaza, including Billie Eilish and Finneas, the Barbie song that was nominated for best song. Among those donning pins were Ava DuVernay and Ramy Youssef.</p>
<p>But Oppenheimer was still without a prize well nearly an hour into the event. Rather, the Frankenstein-inspired film Poor Things, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, won three honors for its exquisite craftsmanship, including makeup and hairstyling, costume design, and production design.</p>
<p>Anatomy of a Fall won Best Original Screenplay. Director Justine Triet and author Arthur Harari wrote the script together, much as they did with Barbie. I believe this will get me through my midlife crisis,” Triet said.</p>
<p>The Oscar for adapted screenplay awarded to Cord Jefferson, who wrote and directed his feature picture debut American Fiction. Barbie was nominated in this category, and some people believed Greta Gerwig would win because she was passed over for director. He implored bosses to take chances with up-and-coming filmmakers like him.</p>
<p>Jefferson, a former award-winning TV writer, advised trying to make 20 $10 million movies rather than one $200 million film.</p>
<p>Blockbuster movie Oppenheimer was predicted by many to dominate all opposition, including Barbie, which came out on the same day as the film, in an Oscars ceremony that may end up being a crowning achievement for Christopher Nolan.</p>
<p>Due to daylight saving time, the Oscars began one hour earlier than scheduled. Apart from the timing change, however, this year’s Academy Awards ceremony stuck to time-honored formulas. The host, Kimmel, is back. Former champions returned to serve as presenters. And a large-scale studio epic was ready to win a ton of Oscars.</p>
<p>Nonetheless, there is a lot of talk about this year’s program. Some guests will be thinking about the war in Ukraine in addition to the Israel-Hamas conflict, especially the journalist filmmakers behind the highly regarded documentary 20 Days in Mariupol.</p>
<p>Mstyslav Chernov, the AP journalist and Ukrainian filmmaker who helmed 20 Days in Mariupol, said, “Our hearts are in Ukraine.”</p>
<p>Though the awards season has mostly taken place in a vacuum, politics may yet come up as the presidential election is underway.</p>
<p>In his opening monologue, Kimmel made no mention of either candidate, although he did poke fun at Republican Sen. Katie Britt, who delivered the reaction to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech. Kimmel brought up the highly nominated film Poor Things, which tells the tale of a mature lady with a child’s brain.</p>
<p>Kimmel compared it to the woman who presented the state of the nation reply.</p>
<p>There are plenty of storm clouds for Hollywood to worry about as well.</p>
<p>A protracted strike over the future of the film business, which is dealing with the introduction of streaming, artificial intelligence, and changing consumer preferences that have put even the most financially stable companies to the test, characterized the 2023 film year. The Academy applauded Oppenheimer, the top candidate with 13 nominations, and Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, the year’s greatest smash with more than $1.4 billion in ticket sales and eight nominations, even as it also broadly nominated titles like Killers of the Flower Moon and Poor Things.</p>
<p>As expected, Oppenheimer wins, putting the greatest drama of the evening in the best actress category. Lily Gladstone (Killers of the Flower Moon) and Emma Stone (Poor Things) have about equal chances of winning. While Gladstone’s victory would create Academy Awards history, Stone’s Oscar, which she received for her performance in La La Land, would be her second trophy. A competitive Oscar has never been won by a Native American.</p>
<p>Barbie outperformed (and helped elevate) Oppenheimer at the box office, but it seems probable that Nolan’s picture will take center stage at the Oscars. Hillary Clinton was among many who said that Gerwig’s notable lack of recognition for best director reflected the patriarchy that the movie mocked.</p>

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