By Tori B. Powell, Mike Hayes, Matt Meyer and Seán Federico O'Murchú, CNN
Updated 2:19 AM ET, Mon March 13, 2023
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.
9:13 p.m. ET, March 12, 2023
James Friend wins award for best cinematography for "All Quiet on the Western Front"
James Friend took home the Academy Award for achievement in cinematography for their work on "All Quiet on the Western Front."
He thanked his family, the Academy, his fellow nominees and film crew.
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.
Perhaps it shouldn't be such a shock: Take away the foreign language aspect of the film, which is in German, and it does look a lot like the prestige films that have defined awards seasons of yore.
CNN’s Thomas Page contributed reporting.
9:21 p.m. ET, March 12, 2023
Oscars audience sings "Happy Birthday" to "An Irish Goodbye" star
While Curtis has had a prolific career in film and television, making her an indelible Hollywood figure, this was her first Academy Awards nomination — and now, her first win.
9:04 p.m. ET, March 12, 2023
Ke Huy Quan brings us to tears again
From CNN's Lisa Respers France
In his acceptance speech after winning best supporting actor, Ke Huy Quan once again delivered an earnest and emotional speech, which spoke to never giving up on your dreams.
The former child star, who for years worked behind the camera after roles for him dried up, tearfully thanked his mother to start.
"My mom is 84 years old and she’s at home watching," he said. "Mom, I just won an Oscar."
He also thanked her for her sacrifices and paid tribute to his status as a former refugee.
"My journey started on a boat. I spent a year in a refugee camp and somehow I ended up here, on Hollywood’s biggest stage," Quan said. "They say things like this only happen in the movies. I cannot believe this is happening to me. This is the American dream."
He also paid tribute to his wife, Echo, whom he said "month after month, year after year 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," he said. "To all of you out there, please keep your dreams alive."
Earlier on the red carpet, Quan mentioned that his family, including his brother whom he also thanked, had traveled from Houston to support him on Oscars night.
The actor has been the darling of the awards season as the comeback story of the year, moving many to tears with each of his wins.
9:03 p.m. ET, March 12, 2023
Jamie Lee Curtis takes home award for best actress in a supporting role
Jamie Lee Curtis won the award for best actress in a supporting role for her performance in "Everything Everywhere All at Once" as Deirdre Beaubeirdre.
It's the beloved American actress' first Oscar, and it came shortly after her "Everything" co-star Ke Huy Quan won best supporting actor for his role in the film.
"I just won an Oscar," she said tearfully, acknowledging the "hundreds of people" who helped her get to this point.