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As Predicted, 'Everything Everywhere All At Once' Wins Big At The Oscars. So Did Moms.

A man in a tux with black framed gestures on stage with his image projected on the big screen. Actor in a supporting role is listed in marquee.
Ke Huy Quan accepts Best Actor in a Supporting Role for "Everything Everywhere All at Once."
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If you’re anything like me, you had the Oscars playing on the television and your Twitter open at the same time to catch all of the tea. This year’s Oscars was certainly one to watch.

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This year was a huge win for the Asian American Pacific Islander community. Everything Everywhere All at Once was nominated for 11 Oscars and it took home 7, including Best Picture and Best Director. Actor Ke Huy Quan, a favorite to win, did take the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in that film. He delivered an emotional speech about his journey through acting and, in a real heart tugger moment, thanked his mom. Michelle Yeoh won, as expected, for Best Actress — the first woman of Asian descent to win ever AND the first woman of color to win since Halle Berry took home the trophy in 2002.

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As my colleague Josie Huang point outs, Asian Americans can relate to the film’s story about the challenges in navigating the parent-child relationship in many immigrant families. It is fitting that both Yeoh and the film's directors also dedicated their Oscars to the "all the moms" out there (here's a cute pic of Yeoh's mother celebrating her daughter's win). Josie wrote more about the significance of this Academy Awards ceremony for the AAPI community here.

There were a lot of first-time Oscar winners last night — Jamie Lee Curtis and Brendan Fraser were big ones — and you can read about all of them here. But I can’t help think about the people that were overlooked this year: Gina Prince-Bythewood and Viola Davis, the director and lead actor for The Woman King, and Danielle Deadwyler, who portrayed Emmett Till’s mother in Till. It's been 8 years since the social justice campaign #OscarsSoWhite yet Halle Berry is still the only Black woman to win the Best Actress award at the Oscars. You can feel the sting of Angela Bassett's loss last night in her expression here.

To follow more about what happened during the Oscars, follow my colleague John Horn’s tweets.

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The Top Three Tea-Sipping Trends

It's the time to take stock of what people were talking about over the weekend. This edition is all about — what else — the Oscars.

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An Asian woman with light-tone skin wears a white feathery gown and raises her arms in celebration
Michelle Yeoh celebrates on the champagne arrivals carpet on her way into the 95th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood
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AFP via Getty Images)

THREE — Stars Showed Up and Showed Out on the Champagne Oscars Carpet 

It seemed like the movie’s biggest stars dressed accordingly this year for the Oscars first “beige” carpet. Some of my favorite looks from celebrities complemented the sophisticated, elegant, high-class feel of the champagne carpet. Oscar-nominated actress Angela Bassett and singer-songwriter Tems have my vote for the best-dressed with their flowy silhouettes. But Oscar winner Halle Berry wowed audiences in her high-split dress with pink rose details. The white gown was definitely in this year as Michelle Yeoh and Emily Blunt also donned stunning pale frocks. Brian Tyree Henry, Michael B. Jordan, Andrew Garfield and Dwayne Johnson all had people talking, too.

TWO — The Academy Awards: The Comic Strip

My LAist colleagues decided to do something unique this year for the Oscars. They didn’t quite live tweet the Oscars, they live sketched them. Take this illustrated journey through the 2023 Academy Awards.

ONE — "Encino Man" Also Wins Big

It was not lost on whole lot of you out there that the two best actors of the night last night — Brendan Fraser and Ke Huy Quan — both starred in the 1992 film Encino Man. That film was definitely trending last night as the two veteran actors each took home awards in major career comebacks. Fraser upset actor Austin Butler who was favored to win for his portrayal of Elvis in the Baz Luhrmann biopic.

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