Everything You Need To Know About The 2023 Oscars
Everything You Need To Know About The 2023 Oscars

Everything You Need To Know About The 2023 Oscars

Last night, we stayed up late to watch all the action unfold at the 95th annual Academy Awards. Here’s what happened – including the SL fashion team’s pick of the ‘champagne’ carpet looks…
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Everything Everywhere All At Once Dominated

The key takeaway from last night’s awards is that the Daniels’s Everything Everywhere All At Once was undoubtedly the biggest winner. The multiverse adventure film won seven awards, including best picture, best editing, best director and best original screenplay. In the history of the Oscars, no other film has ever won best picture, best director and three acting prizes.

Perhaps most importantly, Michelle Yeoh became the first Asian woman to win best actress. Accepting her award, 60-year-old Yeoh said: “For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibilities,” following up with: “And ladies, don't let anybody tell you that you are ever past your prime.” Yeoh is only the second woman of colour to win best actress, following Halle Berry’s win for Monster's Ball more than 20 years ago.

Yeoh’s co-stars Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis also won supporting actor and supporting actress respectively. It was the first Oscar Curtis has won in her almost 50-year acting career. “I know it looks like I'm standing up here by myself, but I am not, I am hundreds of people,” Curtis said during her acceptance speech. “The entire group of artists who made this movie – we just won an Oscar.”

Everything Everywhere All At Once was directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, who are known as the Daniels. Accepting the best picture award, Kwan said: “I realised growing up that one of the things we can do for each other is shelter each other from the chaos of this crazy world that we live in. Thank you to the storytellers who did that for me.” All Quiet on the Western Front – the Netflix German-language WWI film – won four awards for best international feature, original score, production design and cinematography.

It Was A Night Of Comebacks

Best supporting actor winner, 51-year-old Ke Huy Quan, has enjoyed something of a comeback following his performance in Everything Everywhere All At Once. The actor took a 20-year break from acting after starring in The Goonies and Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom as a child. In an emotional acceptance speech, the Vietnamese-American actor said: “Dreams are something you have to believe in – I almost gave up on mine. 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… Thank you so much for welcoming me back.” One of our highlights from the ceremony was seeing Quan excitedly embrace Harrison Ford – his co-star in Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom – who presented the award.

Rounding off the acting categories, Brendan Fraser won best actor for his performance in The Whale, a film that follows a professor as he tries to reconnect with his daughter. Praising the film's director, he said: “I'm grateful to Darren Aronofsky for throwing me a creative lifeline.” The Whale was the first film 2000s megastar Fraser has been in for over a decade. His win saw him beat Austin Butler (Elvis), Paul Mescal (Aftersun), Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin) and Bill Nighy (Living).

Elsewhere, 2018 best picture winner The Shape of Water’s Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio was named best animated feature; Wakanda Forever's Ruth E Carter won best costume design (repeating her win for the original Black Panther); and there was a win for the Brits for The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse. Based on the illustrated Charlie Mackesy book, the production won best animated short.

Jimmy Kimmel Was A Hit

Coda, The Power of the Dog, West Side Story. 2022 might have been a great year for film, but there’s only one moment most viewers remember from last year’s ceremony: when Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage. The 95th Academy Awards ceremony was hosted for a third time by US chat show host Jimmy Kimmel, who didn’t shy away from the controversy. “We want you to have fun, feel safe and, most importantly, we want me to feel safe. So, we have strict policies in place,” he said in his introduction. “If anyone in this theatre commits an act of violence at any point during the show, you will be awarded the Oscar for best actor and permitted to give a 19-minute long speech.” He also brought a donkey on stage at one point – a reference to The Banshees of Inisherin, which walked away empty handed, despite plenty of wins at the other major award ceremonies.

Read On For SL’s Pick Of The Best Dressed…


Olivia Wilde

Wearing: Gabriela Hearst 

Although absent from the 2023 Oscars red carpet, the Don’t Worry Darling director ensured all eyes were on her at the Vanity Fair after party. The perfect mix of demure and naughty, she opted for a one-sleeved white gown by Gabriela Hearst which draped to her midriff, revealing a black leather bra.


Sienna Miller

Wearing: Fendi Couture

Sienna Miller looked stunning in a floor-length, backless, Fendi Couture dress – the ladylike silhouette was suitably complemented by the subtle floral design. Sleek hair, a bright lip, silver platforms and oversized mismatched earrings added a couple of fashion-forward finishing touches.


Emily Ratajkowski

Wearing: Feben 

The model made the most of her incredible figure by stepping out on the Vanity Fair carpet in a sheer gown by London-based designer Feben. The sparkling, silvery mesh dress featured two knotted rows of fabric which offered a little contouring as well as tactical modesty. Swept back hair and simple diamond earrings pulled everything together.


Hailey Bieber

Wearing: Saint Laurent 

Simple but stunning, Hailey Bieber’s expertly proportioned black Saint Laurent gown skimmed her body, with the beautiful black satin bow on one shoulder adding a bit of drama. A gentle old-Hollywood wave through her hair, red manicure and diamond ear cuff added extra polish.


Suki Waterhouse

Wearing: Elie Saab 

Floral details are everywhere right now and we love the feminine and dramatic rosette that topped Suki’s sequin Elie Saab gown. Balanced out by a fishtail train, the model and actress looked sensational in the backless gunmetal sequin dress. Undone hair and a pop of red on her lips only added to the final result.


Phoebe Waller Bridge

Wearing: Dolce & Gabbana 

Phoebe made a rare appearance on the red carpet in a black lace strapless gown by Dolce & Gabbana. The long train evoked old school Hollywood glamour, while the boned corset top kept the look on the right side of contemporary.


Hong Chau

Wearing: Prada 

Hong Chau was a vision in a sleeveless satin floor length gown by Prada. The simple candy pink silhouette was contrasted by a black fringed train which added drama and interest. The actress kept the rest of her look simple with slicked back hair and minimal make-up.

Nicole Kidman

Wearing: Armani Privé 

Nicole Kidman looked cool and elegant in an all-over sequin gown with a dramatic thigh high split. The statement corsage added a touch of drama while her smokey eye make-up look added a gothic twist.


Malala Yousafzai

Wearing: Ralph Lauren 

The Pakistani education activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate made her Oscars debut in a silver sequin hooded gown by Ralph Lauren and Jimmy Choo platforms. The cinched waist detail, oversized hood and long sleeves cemented her as one of the evening’s best dressed guests.


Zoe Saldana

Wearing: Fendi Couture 

It was a case of pretty in pink for actress Zoe Saldana who arrived in a blush silk dress by Fendi Couture. The bralette top and lace panelled detail really stood out, while her relaxed waves and simple make-up felt feminine and fresh.


Cara Delevingne

Wearing: Elie Saab

One of the most show-stopping looks of the night, Cara Delevingne's Elie Saab off-the shoulder red gown was pure Hollywood glamour. With a giant bow on one shoulder, a thigh-high split and a dramatic, voluminous skirt, the dress was complemented by red satin Stuart Weitzmans and a smattering of Bulgari diamonds.

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