‘Barbenheimer’ phenomenon is powerful as ever


Oscars 2024: Jimmy Kimmel roasts Robert Downey Jr., and other highlights

FROM LEFT: Emma Stone, Robert Downey Jr., John Cena, and Jimmy Kimmel (Pictures from AFP)

From a wardrobe malfunction to a birthday swimsuit, Oscars 2024 by no means ran out of surprises and Easter eggs for viewers, because the awards ceremony produced awe-inspiring performances from celebrities.

The Christopher Nolan-helmed movie “Oppenheimer” dominated Hollywood’s largest night time and earned applause in the course of the 96th Academy Awards held on the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California on March 10 (March 11 within the Philippines), with Greatest Actor winner Cillian Murphy dedicating his award to the “peacemakers in all places.”

Nevertheless, some key highlights of the of the 96th Academy Awards will definitely make the awards night time memorable.

Listed below are among the most notable occasions:

Jimmy Kimmel celebrates strike victories

Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue included the same old jabs on the Hollywood elite with a reference to greatest supporting actor nominee Robert Downey Jr.’s historical past of drug abuse and joking that “Barbie” co-stars Margot Robbie, who was snubbed for a greatest actress nomination, and Ryan Gosling, who’s nominated for greatest supporting actor, had already received “the genetic lottery.”

He additionally celebrated the tip of a troublesome yr in Hollywood, the place strikes by actors and writers halted manufacturing of flicks and tv for months.

Oscars 2024: Jimmy Kimmel is hosting in US' election year .Jimmy Kimmel speaks at the Oscars on March 12, 2023 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Kimmel will host the Oscars 2024 on Mar. 10 (Mar. 11, Philippine time). Image: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Jimmy Kimmel speaks on the Oscars on March 12, 2023 on the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Kimmel will host the Oscars 2024 on Mar. 10 (Mar. 11, Philippine time). Picture: AP Picture/Chris Pizzello

“Actors not have to fret about getting changed by AI due to this historic settlement. Actors at the moment are in a position to return to worrying about being changed by youthful, extra engaging folks …

“This lengthy and troublesome work stoppage taught us that this very unusual city of ours, as pretentious and superficial as it may be, at its coronary heart is a union city. It’s not only a bunch of closely botoxed, Hailey Bieber smoothie-drinking, diabetes prescription-abusing, gluten-sensitive nepo infants with perpetually shivering Chihuahuas. This can be a coalition of sturdy, hard-working, mentally robust laborers, ladies and men who would 100% positive die if we even needed to contact the deal with of a shovel.”

Protesters on and off the carpet

As stars started arriving to stroll the pink carpet, tons of of pro-Palestinian protesters angered by the Israel-Gaza battle shouted and slowed visitors within the blocks surrounding the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

“Whilst you’re watching, bombs are dropping,” one signal learn.

On the pink carpet, Oscar nominees, together with Billie Eilish and Mark Ronson, wore pink lapel pins calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Actor Mark Ruffalo praised the protesters as he entered the theater and raised a clenched fist. “We’d like peace,” he stated.

First-time Oscar winners Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr. 

“Oppenheimer” star Cillian Murphy savored his first ever Oscar win and nomination  for Greatest Actor as he seemed to be in shock upon being referred to as to obtain his gold statuette. Placing his hand over his mouth, the Irish actor paused earlier than giving his speech.

“I’m a little bit overwhelmed. Thanks to the Academy,” he stated. “I’m a really proud Irish man standing right here tonight. We made a movie in regards to the man who created the atomic bomb, and for higher or worse we’re dwelling in Oppenheimer’s world, so I’d actually to dedicate this to the peacemakers in all places.”

Downey, in the meantime, threw peace indicators within the air after clinching his first Academy Award for Greatest Supporting Actor in a movie, a well-deserved recognition after a number of years of being thought of for the very best actor award.

“I’d wish to thank my horrible childhood and the Academy, in that order,” he stated which drew laughter. “I’d wish to thank my veterinarian, I meant spouse, Susan Downey over there. She discovered me, a snarling rescue pet, and liked me again to life. That’s why I’m right here.”

The 2023 film additionally bagged Greatest Image and Greatest Director, amongst many different awards.

Ryan Gosling, Billie Eilish as scene-stealers

Clad in his sizzling pink swimsuit, Ryan Gosling began his “I’m Simply Ken” efficiency by singing behind the movie’s lead star Robbie who was already laughing at his antics. He then went on stage — in all “Kenergy” glory — and carried out the hit music along with his fellow Kens Simu Liu and Kingsley Ben-Adir.

Gosling, who was nominated for Greatest Supporting Actor, delivered his overwhelming charisma, the place among the many highlights embody him mendacity down in a pool of Barbie faces.

In the meantime, Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell reminded the viewers of Barbie’s heart-wrenching journey from doll to human with a efficiency of “What Was I Made For.” The stage then earned a standing ovation from Robbie and director Greta Gerwig.

The observe ended up successful the Academy Award for Greatest Unique Tune, weeks after bagging Tune of the Yr on the Grammys.

Emma Stone’s wardrobe snafu

Earlier than accepting her Oscar for Greatest Actress for “Poor Issues,” Emma Stone suffered a little bit wardrobe malfunction. As she was strolling up the stage to obtain her gold statuette, Stone was gesturing in the direction of her again, explaining that the zipper of her strapless mint-green peplum costume from Louis Vuitton got here undone.

A seemingly distressed Stone needed to present her bottom to the ladies onstage who had been earlier Oscar greatest actress awardees who had been greater than prepared to assist her maintain her golden statuette.

Emma Stone gestures toward her dress as she wins the Oscar for Best Actress for "Poor Things" during the Oscars show at the 96th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 10, 2024. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Emma Stone gestures towards her costume as she wins the Oscar for Greatest Actress for “Poor Issues” in the course of the Oscars present on the 96th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 10, 2024. REUTERS/Mike Blake

“Oh, my costume is damaged. I believe it occurred throughout ‘I’m simply Ken,’ I’m fairly positive,” she stated, referring to Gosling, who had then simply carried out, earlier than she turned her again and rapidly walked off the stage.

Stone and Gosling had been collectively in “La La Land” for which she received her first Greatest Actress. For this yr’s Oscars, Gosling is nominated for Greatest Actor for “Barbie”.

John Cena drives a degree

Skilled wrestler and actor John Cena drew laughs after doing a butt-naked spiel — whereas overlaying his decrease physique with the envelope — in regards to the significance of costumes in a film as he offered the Academy Award for Greatest Costume Design.

John Cena, left, and Jimmy Kimmel speak during the Oscars on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

John Cena, left, and Jimmy Kimmel converse in the course of the Oscars on Sunday, March 10, 2024, on the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Picture/Chris Pizzello)

This was truly a reenactment of an Oscar occasion 50 years in the past when a person ran throughout the stage bare flashing a peace signal behind actor David Niven, a legendary piece of Academy Awards historical past that host Jimmy Kimmel stated he wished to commemorate.

To have fun the anniversary, Cena walked on stage carrying nothing however the envelope containing the title of the winner of the very best costume Oscar.

“Costumes are so necessary,” Cena deadpanned. “Possibly crucial factor there’s.”

Cena was then given a Greek-inspired gown by the award ceremony’s crew, a lot to the laughter and cheers from the viewers.

Vanessa Hudgens is a momma

Many longtime followers of the hit movie trilogy “Excessive College Musical” had been reminded of their age after Vanessa Hudgens introduced that she’s pregnant together with her first little one together with her husband, baseball participant Cole Tucker.

Vanessa Hudgens confirms pregnancy on Oscars 2024 red carpet Vanessa Hudgens on the Oscars 2024 red carpet. Image: Mike Coppola/Getty Images North America/Getty Images via AFP

Vanessa Hudgens on the Oscars 2024 pink carpet. Picture: Mike Coppola/Getty Pictures North America/Getty Pictures through AFP

The actress-singer confirmed she’s going to be a mom by gracing the pink carpet in a body-hugging robe that confirmed off her child bump.

Messi’s highlight

Messi, a seven-year-old Border Collie who had a supporting position in Greatest Image nominee “Anatomy of a Fall,” had his personal seat on the Dolby Theater.



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All through the ceremony, the good-looking pooch caught the eye of the viewers, virtually to the purpose of a crew member making him clap his paws. The canine was additionally a scene-stealer in the course of the promo actions of the French movie.

Yoko Ono will get a Mom’s Day shout-out

Sean Ono Lennon, the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, requested the viewers to want his well-known mom a cheerful Mom’s Day when he took the stage with the winners of the very best animated quick Oscar for a movie he collaborated on, “Warfare is Over! Impressed by the Music of John & Yoko.”

“My mom turned 91 this February, and right this moment is Mom’s Day within the UK,” Lennon stated. “So would everybody please say ‘Pleased Mom’s Day, Yoko?’”

The viewers obliged.

Ukraine’s first Oscar

“20 Days in Mariupol” director Mstyslav Chernov delivered a robust speech in accepting his award for greatest documentary characteristic, Ukraine’s first-ever Oscar. Chernov’s movie paperwork his time as a video journalist overlaying the primary three weeks of Russia’s siege of the Ukrainian metropolis.

“Most likely I would be the first director on this stage that may say I want I by no means made this movie,” he stated. “I want to have the ability to change this to Russia by no means attacking Ukraine, by no means occupying our cities … however I can not change historical past. Can’t change the previous.

“However all of us collectively, you, among the most proficient folks on the earth, we will be sure the historical past document is about straight and that the reality will prevail and that the folks of Mariupol and those that have given their lives won’t ever be forgotten. As a result of cinema varieties recollections. And recollections kind historical past.” — with a report from Reuters



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