Last year's Academy Awards was a viral occasion for reasons beyond its nominations and wins—but per the announced contenders, the 2023 Oscars are already making history.
The 95th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 12 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Ahead, see everything else to know about the upcoming 2023 Oscars, including leading nominees, anticipated guests, and how you can tune in from home.
Jimmy Kimmel will return to the Oscars stage for the third time as host, following his 2017 and 2018 hosting gigs.
Per a statement from Academy CEO and President Bill Kramer and Janet Yang, "Jimmy is the perfect host to help us recognize the incredible artists and films of our 95th Oscars. His love of movies, live TV expertise, and ability to connect with our global audiences will create an unforgettable experience for our millions of viewers worldwide. With Kimmel, Weiss and Kirshner's fresh perspective and masterful guidance, the Oscars will celebrate its rich 95-year history, the collaborative nature of moviemaking, and our diverse, dynamic and deeply creative community of filmmakers."
"Being invited to host the Oscars for a third time is either a great honour or a trap," Kimmel also joked in his response to the news. "Either way, I am grateful to the Academy for asking me so quickly after everyone good said no."
This year's nominations have been groundbreaking on multiple accounts. Michelle Yeoh made Oscars history as the first Asian to be nominated for Best Actress in a film (Everything Everywhere All at Once). "Even just to be nominated means validation, love, from your peers," the actress said in an interview, per Washington Post. "What it means for the rest of the Asians around the world, not just in America but globally, is to say we have a seat at the table. We finally have a seat at the table. We are being recognized and being seen."
Yeoh stands alongside fellow nominees Ana de Armas (Blonde), Cate Blanchett (Tár), and Michelle Williams (The Fabelmans).
Everything Everywhere All at Once leads the film pack with 11 total nominations including those for Best Picture, Original Score, Director, and Screenplay. Additional films nominated for Best Picture are Top Gun: Maverick, Avatar: The Way of Water, The Banshees of Inisherin, and Elvis.
And following his Golden Globe win for Best Actor, Austin Butler received a nod from the Academy for his starring role in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic, which garnered a new wave of attention online in response to the actor's now viral Golden Globes acceptance speech. Other Best Actor nominees this year include Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin) Brendan Fraser (The Whale), Paul Mescal (Aftersun), and Bill Highy (Living).
In a quick turnaround from her explosive Super Bowl halftime performance, Rihanna is officially set to return to the stage for this year's Academy Awards ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced. She will reportedly perform her latest song, "Lift Me Up," the track from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever that earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.
Sofia Carson is additionally speculated to give a live performance at the ceremony, according to Billboard.
The Florida-born singer shared a video on Instagram featuring her real-time reaction to the announcement that Diane Warren's"Applause"—which she sang as part of the soundtrack to Silvia Carobbio's action-drama, Tell It Like a Woman—received a nod for Best Original Song.
"We're going to the Oscar's," she wrote in the caption.
The ceremony will air on ABC with cable or satellite subscriptions and can also be streamed on ABC's website or app after connecting to your television provider.
Additional streaming platforms running the ceremony include YouTubeTV with $65 monthly subscriptions ($55 for the first three months), as well as Hulu Live TV, with monthly plans beginning at $70.