Here's everything you need to know about Oscars 2023

08:42 PM | 12 Mar, 2023
Here's everything you need to know about Oscars 2023

The Oscars are finally here! The awards, officially called the Academy Awards by the cinema industry, are in their 95th year and are set to celebrate and honor the finest films, writers, directors, and actors to be presented with golden statuettes — officially called the “Academy Award of Merit” — for the contributions to the entertainment world.

Where is the Oscars Award Ceremony taking place?

The 95th Academy Awards are taking place on Sunday, March 12, 2023. The ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, in the United States and will be televised live on the US channel ABC – at 5 p.m. Pacific Time (PT), or at 1 a.m. in the United Kingdom.

Who will be hosting this year?

The American late-night talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel, will present the Oscars this year. The 55-year-old comedian previously hosted the show in 2017 and 2018. Last year, the event was hosted by comedians Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and actor Regina Hall.

The host joked that ‘Being invited to host the Oscars for a third time is either a great honour or a trap. Either way, I am grateful to the Academy for asking me so quickly after everyone good said no.’

What's different this time?

For the first time ever, India will shine bright at the 95th Academy Awards with 3 nominations. The Oscar-nominated song Naatu Naatu from RRR, All That Breathes, and The Elephant Whisperers are up for nominations.

How will the prestigious stage look?  

Talking about the glitz and glam of the prestigious event, the award show always has one constant, "the red carpet." Replacing the 62-year-old tradition, the 95th Oscar's will witness a “champagne-colored carpet” laid for celebrities accompanied by red drapes to create the illusion of an evening affair in the middle of the afternoon.

For background context, the award show’s red carpet dates back to 1961 during the 33rd Academy Awards held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. As reported by the Associated Press, the decision came from creative consultants Lisa Love, a longtime Vogue contributor, and Raúl Àvila, the creative director for the glamourous Met Gala in New York.

Prior to the event, Kimmel, outside the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, joked, “I think the decision to go with a champagne carpet over a red carpet shows how confident we are that no blood will be shed," casually hinting at the infamous Chris Rock-Will Smith slap at the stage last year. As a consequence, Smith will not be in attendance as he is banned from attending the event for 10 years.

Who will present the awards in different categories? 

As per an unspoken ritual, the previous year's acting winners present the awards for best actor and best actress but that won't be the case this time considering that the Men In Black actor is banned. Who will replace Smith to present the best actress is a question many are looking forward to for an answer.

Megastars slated to hand out awards include Antonio Banderas, Halle Berry, Ariana DeBose, Harrison Ford, Andrew Garfield, Kate Hudson, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Michael B. Jordan, Nicole Kidman, Janelle Monáe, Elizabeth Olsen, Pedro Pascal, Florence Pugh, John Travolta and more.

What about the nominations?

Securing this year’s most nominations, the sci-fi blockbuster Everything Everywhere All at Once enjoys 11 nominations while the Irish dark comedy The Banshees of Inisherin and World War I flick All Quiet on the Western Front have nine nominations. Hollywood’s handsome hunk Tom Cruise’s blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick is also up against for the former films.

In a tough competition, Hollywood’s icons will be going full throttle for the most prestigious honor in the film industry with the likes of Cate Blanchett, Michelle Yeoh, Colin Farell, Austin Butler, Angela Bassett, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Michelle Williams competing against each other.

The nominations in detail:

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Angela Bassett – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Hong Chau – The Whale
Kerry Condon – The Banshees of Inisherin
Jamie Lee Curtis – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Stephanie Hsu – Everything Everywhere All At Once

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Brendan Gleeson – The Banshees of Inisherin
Brian Tyree Henry – Causeway
Judd Hirsch – The Fabelmans
Barry Keoghan – The Banshees of Inisherin
Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All At Once

Best Lead Actor

Austin Butler – Elvis
Colin Farrell – The Banshees of Inisherin
Brendan Fraser – The Whale
Paul Mescal – Aftersun
Bill Nighy – Living

Best Lead Actress

Cate Blanchett – Tár
Ana de Armas – Blonde
Andrea Riseborough – To Leslie
Michelle Williams – The Fabelmans
Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Director 

Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin
Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Steven Spielberg – The Fabelmans
Todd Field – Tár
Ruben Östlund – Triangle of Sadness

Best Picture

All Quiet On The Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
The Banshees of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All At Once
The Fabelmans
Top Gun: Maverick
Triangle of Sadness
Women Talking

Best Animated Feature

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
The Sea Beast
Turning Red

Best International Feature

All Quiet On The Western Front (Germany)
Argentina, 1985 (Argentina)
Close (Belgium)
EO (Poland)
The Quiet Girl (Ireland)

Best Adapted Screenplay

All Quiet On The Western Front
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Top Gun: Maverick
Women Talking (Sarah Polley)

Best Original Screenplay

The Banshees of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All At Once
The Fabelmans
Triangle of Sadness

Best Costume Design

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Everything Everywhere All At Once
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Best Sound

All Quiet On The Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
The Batman
Top Gun: Maverick

Best Original Score

All Quiet On The Western Front
The Banshees of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All At Once
The Fabelmans

Best Original Song

Applause – Tell It like A Woman
Hold My Hand – Top Gun: Maverick
Lift Me Up – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Naatu Naatu – RRR
This Is A Life – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Live Action Short Film

An Irish Goodbye
Le Pupille
Night Ride
The Red Suitcase

Best Animated Short Film

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
The Flying Sailor
Ice Merchants
My Year off Dicks
An Ostrich Told Me The World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It

Best Documentary Feature

All That Breathes
All The Beauty and The Bloodshed
Fire of Love
A House Made of Splinters

Best Documentary Short

The Elephant Whisperers
How Do You Measure a Year?
The Martha Mitchell Effect
Stranger at the Gate

Best Make Up and Hairstyling

All Quiet On The Western Front
The Batman
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
The Whale

Best Production Design

All Quiet On The Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
The Fabelmans

Best Film Editing

The Banshees of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All At Once
Top Gun: Maverick

Best Cinematography

All Quiet On The Western Front
Bardo: False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
Empire of Light

Best Visual Effects

All Quiet On The Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
The Batman
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Top Gun: Maverick

The writer is a staff member.


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 25 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 25, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 293.5 and selling rate is 297.2 while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 351.45 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.05 and Saudi Riyal at 72.95.

Currency Rates in Pakistan

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.65
Euro EUR 293.5 297.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 351.45
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.05 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.95 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 182.2 184
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.58 748.58
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 39.91 40.31
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.67 36.02
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.9 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.74 916.74
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.07 59.67
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.38 172.38
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.38 26.68
Omani Riyal OMR 723.26 731.26
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.5 77.2
Singapore Dollar SGD 72.95 73.85
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 311.53 314.03
Thai Bhat THB 7.58 7.73


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