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Academy Awards 2024: A Recap of a Night of Star-Studded Wins and Headlining Moments

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Jimmy Kimmel’s Oscars Monologue

The 96th Academy Awards kicked off with a side-splitting monologue by Jimmy Kimmel. In a hilarious start, he playfully engaged with Barbie and Ken,Continuing his comedic spree, Jimmy Kimmel proceeded to entertain the entire audience with his jokes, playfully bantering with the actors present at the event.

Tunisian Presence at the Academy Awards:

Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania attended the ceremony alongside the tunisian actress Hend Sabry for her film “Four Daughters,” nominated for Best Documentary Feature. This historic second Oscar nomination is a milestone for Arab women filmmakers, following the recognition of ‘The Man Who Sold His Skin’ at the 2021 awards.Although she didn’t secure any wins this nominations is still considered a remarkable and significant feat in her illustrious career.

Tunisian Presence at the Academy Awards: 

Palestinian flag pins on the red carpetMilo Machado-Graner and Swann Arlaud from “Anatomy of a Fall” wore Palestinian flag pins as they walked the Oscars red carpet.As such, they made a striking statement on the Oscars red carpet by proudly sporting Palestinian flag pins. Their choice to wear these symbolic pins was a deliberate expression of solidarity and support, drawing attention to the ongoing socio-political issues in the region. This act of conscientious fashion at the prestigious event sparked conversations about the power of symbolism and advocacy within the entertainment industry, underlining the significance of using high-profile platforms to raise awareness about global concerns.

Headlining Moments at the Academy Awards:

John Cena’s au naturel appearance 

In a cheeky turn of events, John Cena made a surprise appearance on stage au naturel, hilariously presenting the costume design award. This stunt was a playful nod to the infamous incident at the 46th Academy Awards in 1974, when a streaker interrupted David Niven’s introduction of Elizabeth Taylor. Cena, however, decided to play it safe and instead  joined Jimmy Kimmel to co-present the award.

As a comedic touch, Cena humorously commented on the importance of costumes, stating, “Costumes, they are so important.” Taking advantage of the moment, Kimmel playfully styled Cena using a long curtain from backstage, quipping, “There you look beautiful”.

Emma Stone Takes Home Her Second Oscar

Emma Stone clinched the Best Actress Oscar for her outstanding performance in “Poor Things,” marking her second Academy Award win. During her acceptance speech, Stone graciously acknowledged her fellow nominees in the category.”The women in this category — Sandra, Annette, Carey, Lily — I share this with you,” she said. “I’m in awe of you. It’s been such an honor to do all of this together. I hope we get to keep doing more together.” She deeply thanked her co-workers saying “And I am so deeply honored to share this with every cast member, with every crew member, with every single person who poured their love and their care and their brilliance into the making of this film.”

cillian murphy’s dedicates his award to  peacemakers:

Cillian Murphy secured the Best Actor award at the Oscars. First time nominated and first Oscar win  for his compelling portrayal of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the pivotal figure behind the development of the atomic bomb, in the film “Oppenheimer.” Expressing his gratitude, he shared in his speech “I’m a very proud Irishman standing here tonight,” In his own way to call for peace he continued “We made a film about the man who created the atomic bomb and, for better or for worse, we’re all living in Oppenheimer’s world, so I would really like to dedicate this to peacemakers everywhere.”

Da’Vine Joy Randolph acceptance speech 

Randolph claimed the Best Actress In a Supporting Role award for her portrayal of Mary Lamb in Alexander Payne’s “The Holdovers.” In her heartfelt acceptance speech, she expressed gratitude to those who supported her, particularly acknowledging the influence of her mother; “God is so good, God is so good,” she began emotionally. “I never thought this would be my career path. I started as a singer, and it was my mother who pointed me towards the theater department across the street, saying, ‘There’s something for you there.’ I owe it all to my mother for that.For the longest time, I strived to be unique, only to realize that being myself is enough. Thank you all for recognizing me and for seeing the real me.”


All five nominees in the Best Original Song category graced the Oscars stage with live performances. In February, the Academy revealed an exciting lineup of performers, including Becky G, Ryan Gosling, Billie Eilish, and more. 

Yesterday, Becky G delivered a rendition of Diane Warren’s “The Fire Inside” from “Flamin’ Hot,” while Eilish showcased her vocal talents with “What Was I Made For?” from “Barbie,” a song co-written with her brother, Finneas O’Connell. For which they won the Best Original Song award.

Ryan Gosling took the stage, as well, with a powerful performance of the ballad “I’m Just Ken” from “Barbie,” a song co-written and co-produced by Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt. The musical lineup also featured Jon Batiste, who performed “It Never Went Away” from “American Symphony,” and Scott George, accompanied by the Osage Singers, presenting “Wahzhazhe (A Song For My People)” from “Killers of the Flower Moon.” The evening was filled with unforgettable musical moments from these talented artists.

Academy Awards: 

“Oppenheimer” dominated the evening, securing an impressive 7 out of 13 nominations, clinching victories in categories such as Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Score, and Best Cinematography. Following closely was “Poor Things,” which garnered 4 awards in categories including Best Actress, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design.

Meanwhile, “The Zone of Interest” received recognition with 2 Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Sound. Notably, “20 Days in Mariupol” made history by winning Best Documentary Feature, marking Ukraine’s First ever Oscar award. Additionally, “The Last Repair Shop” took home the Best Documentary Short award.

The spectacular visual effects in “Godzilla minus one” earned it the accolade for Best Visual Effects, while The Holdovers secured Best Supporting Actor for Da’vine Joy Randolph.

In the writing categories, “Anatomy Of A Fall” was honored with Best Original Screenplay, and “American Fiction” received the Best Adapted Screenplay award. The animated categories saw “The Boy And The Heron” taking home the Best Animated Feature, and “War Is Over” and Barbie respectively winning Best Animated Short and Best Original Song.