It seems like history is made just about every year at the Oscars now, whether it’s the first non-English language film to win Best Picture (“Parasite“), or the first film from a streaming service to win Best Picture (Apple’s “CODA“), or the first actress to win three lead Oscars since Katharine Hepburn (Frances McDormand for “Nomadland”). So who prevailed this year, who (if anyone) came out of nowhere, and who did the seemingly impossible? Follow along below for our live blog of all the winners and what it all meant in the context of this awards season. And check out the complete list of winners here.
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” had a few chances to make history. It came into these awards with 11 nominations including Best Picture. A win in that top category would be the first ever for a science-fiction film. A victory for lead actress Michelle Yeoh would be a first for a Southeast Asian woman. And if her co-stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Ke Huy Quan joined her in the winner’s circle, “Everything” would be just the third film to win three acting awards, following “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Network.”
But BAFTA champ “All Quiet on the Western Front” was hot on “Everything’s” heels. The German-language war film would be a historic Best Picture: the first winner from Netflix, and only the second winner in a language besides English. That streamer was also gunning for its first win for Best Animated Feature with its stop-motion “Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio.” Meanwhile, “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Avatar: The Way of Water” were looking to be the rare sequel to take top honors, following in the footsteps of “The Godfather Part II” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”
That’s just a few of the potential milestones. Find out who got their flowers below and if any of them took us completely by surprise.
8:17pm — Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson present Best Animated Feature to “Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio” in what was one of the biggest locks of the night, having won the lion’s share of precursors prizes. This is Del Toro’s third Oscar following his Best Picture and Best Director wins for “The Shape of Water” a few years ago. This is only the second stop-motion film to win this award following “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” and it’s the very first Netflix production to win this award. See just how far ahead in our odds it was here.
8:30pm — Last year’s Oscar winners Ariana DeBose and Troy Kotsur present Best Supporting Actor to Ke Huy Quan (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”), which was another of the biggest locks of the night — wait a few minutes for one of the most confusing, chaotic categories. Quan swept the critics’ prizes, then he won Golden Globe, Critics Choice, and SAG Awards. He lost the BAFTA Award to Barry Keoghan (“The Banshees of Inisherin”), but that was a small bump on the road. Quan’s victory was never seriously in doubt.
8:34pm — DeBose teared up presenting Best Supporting Actor to Quan. She and Kotsur stayed on stage to present Best Supporting Actress to Jamie Lee Curtis for “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” This was a wild, hectic three-way race between Golden Globe and Critics Choice winner Angela Bassett (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”), BAFTA winner Kerry Condon (“Banshees”), and SAG champion Curtis. But this wasn’t the way our odds thought it would go. Curtis actually ranked third in our predictions. Condon was the odds-on favorite, followed closely by Bassett. But “Everything” is now on track to potentially sweep its acting categories. If Michelle Yeoh wins Best Actress like we’re predicting her to, this will be only the third film to win three acting Oscars, following “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Network.”
8:51pm — Oscar winners Riz Ahmed and Amir “Questlove” Thompson present Best Documentary Feature to “Navalny,” which was the front-runner in our odds, but it was a close race. “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” was the early front-runner, but then “Fire of Love” won the Directors Guild Award, and then “Navalny” won the BAFTA and Producers Guild Awards, which cemented its front-runner status. It couldn’t have hurt that the film, about Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, comes at a time when Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine.
8:54pm — Ahmed and Thompson present Best Live Action Short, the award Ahmed won last year, to “An Irish Goodbye” about two Irish brothers mourning the loss of their mother. This was a close race with “Le Pupille,” which was produced by multiple Oscar winner Alfonso Cuaron. “Pupille” was actually the front-runner in our odds for most of the season, before finally being overtaken by “Irish Goodbye.”
9:03pm — Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors present Best Cinematography to James Fried for “All Quiet on the Western Front.” It’s his first nomination and first win, and the first victory of the night for “All Quiet,” which is up for nine prizes and has a good chance at taking home multiple. Friend wasn’t actually nominated by the American Society of Cinematographers, but he won the BAFTA Award, which helped him secure front-runner status here.
9:16pm — Jennifer Connelly and Samuel L. Jackson present Best Makeup and Hairstyling to “The Whale.” This was actually an upset. Our odds favored “Elvis,” though we knew this would be a close two-way race between the two transformative achievements. “The Whale” won for transforming Brendan Fraser into a 600-pound man coming to terms with his life and relationships. Could this be a good sign for Fraser later tonight in Best Actor? There has many times been a connection between makeup and acting, with “La Vie en Rose,” “The Iron Lady,” “Darkest Hour,” and “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” pairing up acting awards with makeup achievements.
9:28pm — Paul Dano and Julia Louis-Dreyfus present Best Costume Design to another upset winner, Ruth E. Carter for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” Our odds favored Catherine Martin for “Elvis,” which so far isn’t having a great night, losing in three fields where it had a strong chance to win (cinematography, makeup, and cinematography). Carter previously won this award for the original “Black Panther,” which made her the first Black woman ever to win the award. She’s now the first Black woman to win it twice.
9:41pm — Salma Hayek Pinault and Antonio Banderas present Best International Feature to “All Quiet on the Western Front.” This was the 12th nomination for Germany in the category and its third win. This was another award that wasn’t really in doubt. It’s only the eighth film not in the English language to be nominated for Best Picture, and it’s hard to lose the international award when you’re one of the overall 10 best motion pictures of the year. Here’s how far ahead it was in our odds.
9:50pm — Elizabeth Olsen and Pedro Pascal present Best Documentary Short to “The Elephant Whisperers” about caretakers for elephants in India. The Netflix film was locked in a close race against “Stranger at the Gate,” but “Whisperers” was ultimately the front-runner in our odds. They then present Best Animated Short to Apple’s “The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse.” it was also the front-runner in our predictions, which means Gold Derby’s odds correctly predicted all three short film categories, no mean feat.
10:06pm — Andie MacDowell and Hugh Grant present Best Production Design to “All Quiet on the Western Front.” It had ranked fourth in our odds, making this the biggest upset of the night so far. Could this be a sign of a Best Picture upset to come? It swept the BAFTAs and is on the way to a big windfall tonight. This is the first Oscar nomination and win for both production designer Christian M. Goldbeck and set decorator Ernestine Hipper.
10:10pm — John Cho and Mindy Kaling present Best Original Score to Volker Bertelmann for “All Quiet on the Western Front.” That’s the fourth win for the film so far, and it was a very close call, with “Babylon” ranked a close second in our odds. It’s looking likely at this point that “All Quiet” takes Best Adapted Screenplay, which would bring the film up to five awards. Heck, I wouldn’t rule the film out for Best Visual Effects. Bertelmann was nominated once before at the Oscars, for “Lion.”
10:21pm — Okay, “All Quiet” isn’t that powerful. Elizabeth Banks and the titular Cocaine Bear from “Cocaine Bear” present Best Visual Effects to Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham, Eric Saindon and Daniel Barrett for “Avatar: The Way of Water,” as expected. It was the overwhelming front-runner in this category, following the original “Avatar,” which won this same award 13 years ago.
10:36pm — Andrew Garfield and Florence Pugh present the writing prizes. First up is Best Original Screenplay, which is awarded to “Everything Everywhere All at Once” scribes Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, in the first of what could be three victories for the duo tonight. This was a close race with “The Banshees of Inisherin,” which won writing awards at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs. But “EEAAO” claimed writing prizes at Critics Choice and the Writers Guild.
10:42pm — Garfield and Pugh announce the winner of Best Adapted Screenplay, Sarah Polley for “Women Talking”! She was the front-runner for this award, but it was far from certain. The only other nomination for the film is Best Picture, while “All Quiet on the Western Front” has nine nominations and four wins (so far). “All Quiet” also won the BAFTA Award, where “Women Talking” wasn’t even nominated, so Polley still came into these awards as kind of an underdog, even as the front-runner. Polley was previously nominated for her adapted screenplay for “Away from Her” 15 years ago.
10:51pm — Janelle Monae and Kate Hudson present Best Sound to Mark Weingarten, James H. Mather, Al Nelson, Chris Burdon and Mark Taylor for “Top Gun: Maverick.” This is the first win for the film tonight, and though it was the front-runner in our odds, this looked kinda dicey after “All Quiet on the Western Front” was going on its winning streak about an hour ago. “Top Gun” was previously awarded by the Motion Picture Sound Editors and Cinema Audio Society.
10:56pm — Monae and Hudson present Best Original Song to Chandrabose and M.M. Keeravani for “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR.” It was the front-runner in our odds, but it’s historic. This is the first Oscar win for an Indian film, and the first win for a song in the Telugu language. This is the first victory for both Keeravani and Chandrabose, who also won Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards for their composition.
11:06pm — Sigourney Weaver and Zoe Saldana present Best Film Editing to Paul Rogers for “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” That’s the fourth win for the film so far tonight, and it’s Rogers’s first nomination and win. As he says in his acceptance speech, this is only his second film. Not a bad sophomore effort. “Everything” was the front-runner to win in our odds. “Top Gun: Maverick” was favored early on, but then “Everything” took the editing award at Critics Choice and the BAFTAs. The BAFTA win was especially significant since it was the only win for “Everything” at that event.
11:11pm — Idris Elba and Nicole Kidman present Best Director to Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert for “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” This is the third victory ever for a directing team, following Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins (“West Side Story”) and the Coen Brothers (“No Country for Old Men”). Steven Spielberg (“The Fabelmans”) was the front-runner early in the season, winning the Golden Globe for his direction, but the DANIELS started making a move at the Critics Choice Awards, where they prevailed. Their favored status was cemented by their victory at the Directors Guild Awards. “Everything” has now won five times. It could end the night with seven if it takes Best Actress and Best Picture.
11:23pm — Oscar winners Jessica Chastain and Halle Berry award Best Actor to Brendan Fraser for “The Whale.” It’s his first nomination and first win in one of the closest categories of the night. He and Austin Butler were neck-and-neck. Fraser claimed Critics Choice and SAG Awards. Butler took Golden Globe and BAFTA honors. But “Elvis” has more overall support from the academy with eight nominations including Best Picture so Butler had the edge in our odds. Now it looks like, much to most of our surprise, “Elvis” will be shut out tonight.
11:27pm — Chastain and Berry present Best Actress to Michelle Yeoh for “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” the film’s sixth win tonight and not a surprise the way the night has been going, not a surprise. Yeoh was the front-runner in our odds, but just like Best Actor, this was a close back-and-forth two-way race against Cate Blanchett (“TAR”). Yeoh and Blanchett both won Golden Globes. Then Blanchett won Critics Choice and BAFTA Awards. Yeoh peaked at the right time, though, claiming SAG and Independent Spirit Awards. Now “Everything Everywwhere” has become only the third film in history to win three acting awards from the academy.
11:32pm — Harrison Ford ends the night by presenting Best Picture to “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” which seemed like a foregone conclusion at the end of the night. “Everything” was far and away the front-runner after winning Critics Choice, Producers Guild, Directors Guild, Screen Actors Guild, and Writers Guild Awards. This is the first film to win three acting awards and Best Picture. It’s also the first bona fide science-fiction film to be awarded Best Picture, a long time coming. It ends the night with seven Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film Editing.