Edward Berger’s adaptation of the German World War I novel cleaned up at the BAFTAs, including a surprise win for best picture. It’s been quite a journey for the film, which was released by Netflix in October with relatively little fanfare, only for it to chime with awards season voters. The streamer has been campaigning heavily ever since.
CNN's Thomas Page contributed to this post.
10:00 p.m. ET, March 12, 2023
Ruth Carter makes history with best costume design win for "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever"
Ruth Carter took home the Academy Award for best costume design for her work in "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever."
While accepting the award, she thanked the Academy "for recognizing the super hero that is a Black woman."
"She endures. She loves. She overcomes," Carter said. "She is every woman in this film. She is my mother. This week Mabel Carter became an ancestor."
She called on the late "Black Panther" actor Chadwick Boseman to "please take care of mom." Boseman died in 2020 after battling colon cancer.
Carter’s win puts her in esteemed company. Only four other Black Oscar winners have earned multiple statues in competitive categories – Denzel Washington, sound mixer Willie D. Burton, sound mixer Russell Williams II and Mahershala Ali.
She is the first Black woman to accomplish the feat. In 2019, Carter became the first Black woman to win in the best costume design category for her work on the first “Black Panther” film.
9:36 p.m. ET, March 12, 2023
The surprise star of the night? Jenny the donkey from "The Banshees of Inisherin"
From CNN's Lisa Respers France
It's expected that someone might make an ass of themselves on an awards show night, but the Oscars audience seemed more than a little surprised when an actual donkey showed up.
Jenny, the adorable donkey who fatefully appeared in the film "The Banshees of Inisherin," was brought on stage by host Jimmy Kimmel, who said that in addition to being a performer, Jenny was a "certified emotional support donkey."
At least, Kimmel said, that's what they told the airline to get Jenny to Los Angeles for the awards show.
Kimmel offered hugs with Jenny if anyone needed them, before joking: "Let's get you back on that Spirit Airlines flight now, huh?"
9:28 p.m. ET, March 12, 2023
"The Whale" wins for best makeup and hairstyling
"The Whale" won the Academy Award for best makeup and hairstyling.
Star Brendan Fraser gives a buried-under-makeup performance as a reclusive, obese teacher in the film.
The film was not without controversy, as one of its most-discussed features was the fat suit Fraser wears to portray a 600-pound character. While some critics found the performance highly empathetic, others said the film was fatphobic.