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The 8 Best Moments from the 2023 Oscars

The 95th annual Academy Awards was a night of firsts. Ke Huy Quan made history as the first Vietnam-born actor to win an Oscar. Jamie Lee Curtis scored her first Oscar for her performance in Everything, Everywhere, All at Once. And, honestly, it was the first time in a while we’ve loved every look we saw.

All in all, it was entertaining night. But these moments, in particular, really stood out to us. Here, the 8 best moments from the 2023 Oscars.

1. Jimmy Kimmel's Opening Monologue

As you'd expect, the seasoned TV host included quite a few laugh-worthy jokes, poking fun at starts like Tom Hanks and Austin Butler. But perhaps our favorite moment was when he announced a new "rule" that involved getting the dancers from RRR to escort winners off the stage when they go over the allotted time.

2. Ke Huy Quan's Emotional Acceptance Speech

Easily one of the best moments of the night, Quan delivered a heartwarming speech after winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Everything, Everywhere All at Once.

In tears, the actor told the audience, "They say stories like this only happened in the movies. I cannot believe it's happening to me. This is the American Dream."

He added, "I owe everything to the love of my life. My wife, Echo, who...for 20 years, told me that one day, my time will come. Dreams are something you have to believe in. I almost gave up on mine. To all of you out there. Please keep your dreams alive."

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3. When Jamie Lee Curtis Won Her First Oscar

Our favorite Scream Queen looked genuinely shocked to win her first ever Oscar for her role in Everything, Everywhere All at Once. The actress gave a shoutout to her loved ones, as well as the cast and crew. But it was especially rewarding to see the support she got from the crowd after thanking her fans.

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4. Rihanna's Performance of "Lift Me Up"

Rihanna delivered a memorable performance of "Lift Me Up" from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and we loved everything about it, from Rihanna's dazzling outfit to her vocals.

5. And When A$AP Rocky Proudly Raised His Glass to Rihanna

In this adorable blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, A$AP Rocky was spotted smiling in the crowd giving Rihanna a standing ovation for her performance of "Lift Me Up." The proud artist even raised his glass to the singer, who's now expecting her second child with him.

6. Michelle Yeoh's Moving Acceptance Speech

Naturally, the crowd went wild after Yeoh was announced as the winner for Best Actress for her role in Everything, Everywhere All at Once.

In her acceptance speech, she said, "For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibilities. This is proof that dreams do come true."

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7. When Sarah Polley Won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay

Polley delivered an inspiring speech after winning a well-deserved Oscar for her moving film, Women Talking.

She told the audience, "The last line of our film is delivered by a young woman to a new baby, and she says, 'Your story will be different from ours.' It's a promise, a commitment, and an anchor and it's what I would like to say with all of my might to my three incredible kids, Eve, Isla and Amy, as they make their way through this complicated beautiful world." 

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8. When Everything, Everywhere, All at Once Won Best Picture

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