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Most of the time, I could not care less about who wins or loses awards.  However, I watched the Academy Awards last night.  I saw all the original songs performed.  To me, there has never been a bigger WTH moment than the recipient of this year’s Oscar in that category.

Let’s start with Lady Gaga.  She wasn’t even slated to perform as she’s in the midst of filming the “Joker” sequel.  However, at the last minute she did.  And wow.  I already loved “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun:  Maverick.”  This stripped-down vocal tour de force was nothing short of amazing and made me love the song all the more.

Next up, Rhianna.  Fresh off her triumphant Super Bowl halftime performance, the R&B legend followed an emotional tribute to the late, Chadwick Boseman with this performance of “Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther:  Wakanda Forever.”  Again, wow.

Now.  Brace yourself.  This is Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava performing the Oscar nominated original song “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR.”

Anyone care to guess which of these three was named “Best Original Song” from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences?  If you took curtain three, you’re the only one.  And you would be correct.  Are you kidding me?  What are we even talking about here?!  In no universe is “Natu Natu” even in the same stratosphere as the Lady Gaga and Rhiana songs.  And don’t even get me started on the pronunciation of the movie it’s from.  I mean, anyone heard of vowels here?  Anyway, if you were looking for a SMH moment from the Oscars to talk about at work, this is the one.

2023 Oscars Winners List

The 95th Oscars takes place at 8 pm ET this Sunday, March 12 at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood with host Jimmy Kimmel. This will be Kimmel’s third time hosting, having hosted the Oscars in both 2017 and 2018. Oscar-winners Jessica Chastain, Ariana DeBose, Troy Kotsur, Questlove and Riz Ahmed will also return to the Oscars stage as presenters.

They will be joined by the likes of presenters Halle Bailey, Antonio Banderas, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Blunt, Jennifer Connelly, Andrew Garfield, Hugh Grant, Danai Gurira, Salma Hayek Pinault, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael B. Jordan, Nicole Kidman, Jonathan Majors, Melissa McCarthy, Janelle Monáe, Florence Pugh, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Paul Dano, Cara Delevingne, Harrison Ford, Kate Hudson, Mindy Kaling, Eva Longoria, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Elizabeth Olsen, Pedro Pascal and John Travolta.

Performances will include Sofia Carson and Diane Warren with “Applause” from Tell It Like a Woman. Rihanna will perform “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava will perform “Naatu Naatu” from RRR. David Byrne, Son Lux and Stephanie Hsu will perform “This Is A Life” from Everything Everywhere All at Once. Meanwhile, Lenny Kravitz will deliver the “In Memoriam” performance.

See the full list of winners, which we will be updating live during the awards show, below:

  • 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 — WINNER

    Stephanie Hsu — Everything Everywhere All At Once

  • Original Score

    All Quiet On The Western Front — WINNER


    The Banshees of Inisherin

    Everything Everywhere All At Once

    The Fablemans

  • Actor In A Supporting Role

    Brendan Gleeson — The Banshees of Inisherin

    Brian Tyree Henry — Causeway

    Judd Hirsh —The Fablemans

    Barry Keoghan — The Banshees of Inisherin

    Ke Huy Quan — Everything Everywhere All Once — WINNER

  • Original Song


    “Hold My Hand”

    “Lift Me Up”

    “Naatu Naatu” — WINNER

    “This Is A Life”

  • Actor In A Leading Role

    Austin Butler — Elvis

    Colin Farrell — The Banshees of Inisherin

    Brendan Fraser — The Whale — WINNER

    Paul Mescal — Aftersun

    Bill Nighy — Living

  • Actress In A Leading Role

    Cate Blanchett — Tar

    Ana de Armas — Blonde

    Andrea Riseborough — To Leslie

    Michelle Williams — The Fablemans

    Michelle Yeoh — Everything Everywhere All At Once — WINNER

  • Original Screenplay

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    Everything Everywhere All At Once — WINNER

    The Fablemans


    Triangle of Sadness

  • Adapted Screenplay

    All Quiet On The Western Front

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery


    Top Gun: Maverick

    Women Talking — WINNER

  • Best Director

    The Banshees of Inisherin — Martin McDonagh

    Everything Everywhere All At Once — Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — WINNER

    The Fablemans — Steven Spielberg

    Tar — Todd Field

    Triangle of Sadness — Ruben Ostlund

  • Best Picture

    All Quiet On The Western Front

    Avatar: The Way of Water

    The Banshees of Inisherin


    Everything Everywhere All At Once — WINNER

    The Fablemans


    Top Gun: Maverick

    Triangle of Sadness

    Women Talking


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