Welcome to 9Honey Celebrity’s live blog for the 2023 Oscars.
It’s Hollywood’s night of nights, and many of the A-list – and some newcomers – are vying to take home one of the biggest accolades an entertainer can be awarded.
The Oscars gala, held at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre, is set to begin at 11:00am AEDT on Monday, March 13. Follow along as we bring you all the biggest moments, winners and surprises of the event.
As we wait for the action to kick off, read on for some of the talking points that have emerged so far.
Oscars after party menu proves stars are just like us, except, not really
Portions served at the Oscars have been historically infamously tiny, and the same goes for the dishes featured on the menu for one of this year’s after parties.
Attendees in Los Angeles will be getting a taste of the United Kingdom with pub classics like chicken pie and fish and chips – hearty meals traditionally, but they won’t be getting hearty servings.
Wolfgang Puck, the master chef who has been in charge of the gastronomical offerings at Oscars after party Governors Ball for 26 years, has enlisted the help of British chef Elliott Grover of CUT London for this year’s event.
Grover says he wants to serve the rich and famous with food the UK knows and loves – working-class comfort food – but, admittedly, the serving size is “four bites” and the chicken pie will be topped with shavings of the luxury that is truffle, which will be cut at the table right in front of the guests.
Click the image below to see all the best looks at the CAA’s star-studded pre-Oscars party with 9Honey Style.
The Best Actress nominee nobody knows but everyone is talking about
You could be forgiven for not knowing the name or face of Andrea Riseborough, as not many average moviegoers do – but chances are their favourite actor does, and they want her to win an Oscar.
That was the basis of her very bizarre Oscars campaign, and ultimately, it did secure her a Best Actress nomination for her role in small-time independent film To Leslie, which was praised emphatically by those who had seen it, but that number was few.
Her campaign relied on endorsements from the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Amy Adams, who, cryptically, used very similar language to promote To Leslie and Riseborough in the lead up to Oscars nominations being announced.
The grassroots campaign, while it was technically not a new approach, was subject to an investigation by the Academy, which ultimately deemed Riseborough’s nomination legitimate.
She’s up against some fierce competition, including Cate Blanchett and Michelle Yeoh.
Read more about her campaign here.
Inside the lavish $190k gift bag
If you don’t win an Oscar, but you go home with a gift bag valued at $190,000, can you really be called a loser?
The gift bag – which is not directly affiliated with the Academy Awards – is supplied by a company called Distinctive Assets and this year, celebrities can expect to find Japanese milk bread, a three-night stay for eight people on a volcanic Italian island and liposuction.
Brands included in the goodie bag pay $6,000 to secure a spot in the coveted hamper, however, there is no obligation on the high-profile recipient to accept, use or promote any of the contents.
Take a peek behind the golden curtain and see what’s inside guest gift bags here.
Australians are having their moment in the sun, with Baz Luhrmann‘s Elvis being nominated alongside nine other films in the Best Picture category, though the 60-year-old multi-hyphenate himself was notably snubbed from the Best Director category.
Cate Blanchett, meanwhile, nabbed her eighth Oscar nomination thanks to her work in Tár, being nominated under the Best Actress category for playing the conductor of a Berlin orchestra whose life unravels amid personal and professional chaos. She is, however, notably up against Michelle Yeoh for Everything Everywhere All at Once – a fierce competition.
Read the full list of nominees here.
Why is Best Actor 2022 winner Will Smith not presenting at the Oscars this year?
The consequences of the slap heard around the world are still being felt a year on.
Customarily, winners of specific categories present the award the following year, and if it’s a gender-specific category, it’s the inverse – for example, Anthony Hopkins, who won Best Actor for The Father in 2021 presented Jessica Chastain with Best Actress in 2022 for The Eyes of Tammy Faye.
So, if tradition is anything to go by, Will Smith – who won Best Actor for his role in King Richard in 2022 – should be presenting Best Actress this year.
He, however, has not even been invited from the ceremony. In fact, after slapping Chris Rock at last year’s gala, he resigned from the Academy, and was banned from all Academy-related events for 10 years.
Click the image below to see all the most iconic fashion looks at Oscars’ past over on 9Honey Style.
A look back at some of the most iconic and stylish Oscars ensembles
As the world awaits a glimpse at the glamorous stars traipsing across the ruby rug, let’s take a look back at some of the most iconic Oscars ensembles throughout history.
When the first Oscars took place in 1929, it was conceptualised to celebrate the best of the best in Hollywood.
However, just 10 years later, celebrities began to harness the prestigious power of the Academy Awards red carpets to vent frustrations, protest war and treatment within Hollywood, or open the door to more outrageous, boundary-pushing fashion.
From Cher to Barbra Streisand to Natalie Portman and beyond, head on over to 9Honey Style to feast your eyes on fashion moments at the Oscars that had everyone talking.
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