I had a very hard time picking a winner.
I’m not an authority on filmmaking, although I’m an actor and producer. As an actor, I am going to weigh in on what I loved about each performance listed below. You don’t need more than a few words, just some honesty. This is a highly subjective medium, but that’s the point.
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE, NOMINEES (lear more on Oscars.org)
ANGELA BASSETT, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
She did the thang. And she is a powerful force. The maternal grit is enveloping. I don’t ‘feel’ like actors can fake the strength she naturally possesses. She commands a room in ways that feels like cinematic royalty. This could be her most perfect casting. And she pulled so many moments into her role. I could not imagine anyone winning this honor over her.
The people of Wakanda fight to protect their home from intervening world powers as they mourn the death of King T’Challa.
HONG CHAU, The Whale
She is a spectacular character actress, but here she feels like the most grounded person in a heightened play. Everyone has a stage quality, while she has a grand range in her realism. Her performance is the pinnacle supporting role winner, she shines through, doing the heavy lifting, with less screen time than I remembered.
A reclusive, morbidly obese English teacher attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter.
KERRY CONDON, The Banshees of Inisherin
She is truth, love, and wisdom. And she is measured and often silent. Kerry holds so much weight in her eyes, the weight of the world. I could never imagine what she brings to the role is present on the page. She is a clear winner in my experience, I’m still moved by her performance months later.
Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them.
JAMIE LEE CURTIS, Everything Everywhere All at Once
She bounds out of her skin with energy. And she has the most delicate and beautiful silent love story, in the moments in between. And she gives it her all. I’ve never been more excited to see her get a chance at a wild character, she shines, I hope this is her future trajectory. This is a ‘breakout’ performance worthy of winning, ignoring her already beloved, successful, and respected lifelong career.
A middle-aged Chinese immigrant is swept up into an insane adventure in which she alone can save existence by exploring other universes and connecting with the lives she could have led.
STEPHANIE HSU, Everything Everywhere All at Once
I want her to win the most, perhaps. What an amazing character who reaches the highest heights and the most grounded casual struggling youth. Chef’s kiss perfection in her multi-verse expansion, holding a vulnerable truth in her brow the ENTIRE time. Her character is both grandly performative and completely transparent. And Stephanie knocks it out of the park. Give her all the awards.
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I cannot pick just one winner. This is the only post where I won’t predict a winner. I. just. can’t. They are all knockout performers in excellent films with deep impact. I cannot praise these actors enough.
Here is a full rundown for how to watch the Oscars from RollingStone,
“When Are the Oscars 2023? Air Date, Channel, Time
THE 2023 OSCAR s air Sunday, March 12, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT (there will also be a replay at 8 p.m. PT for west coast viewers). As usual, ABC will broadcast the award show this year.
How to Watch the Oscars on TV
If you want to watch the Oscars on live TV, tune in to ABC during the times above. You’ll need a cable package with ABC (like this one from AT&T), or a digital antenna (like this one, which costs about $30 on Amazon). The digital antenna can pick up all your local channels, including ABC so you can watch the Oscars on TV through your local ABC affiliate.
If you’re a cord-cutter, fear not: below are a few ways to watch the Oscars live online without a cable.
How to Stream the 2023 Oscars Online Free
Thanks to live TV streaming services and smart device TV channels, it is possible to stream the 2023 Oscars online without cable, and even a couple ways to watch the Oscars for free. Here are your options.
1. Watch the Oscars on Hulu + Live TV
Hulu + Live TV is just what it sounds like: everything in Hulu’s on-demand streaming library, plus the ability to stream live TV channels. The service, which costs $69.99 per month, gets you more than 60 top channels, including ABC, meaning you can stream the Oscars online on Hulu + Live TV.
Better still, Hulu + Live TV includes free access to Disney+ and ESPN+, making this an incredible value that extends well beyond the Oscars live stream.
2. Stream the Oscars Online Free on DIRECTV Stream
DIRECTV Stream is one of the newer streaming services out there but it’s also one of the best, with more than 75 live TV channels, including ABC. Even better? You can watch the Oscars on DIRECTV Stream for free with the site’s 5-day free trial offer.
Get the free trial here and use it to live stream the Oscars online free on ABC. Once your week is up, you can choose to continue on at the $74.99/month rate or cancel your subscription.
3. Stream the Oscars Online Free on fuboTV
If you’re looking for another way to stream the Oscars for free online, check out fuboTV. The live TV subscription service lets you stream the ABC channel (and more than 100 others) from your laptop, phone, tablet or TV.
Fubo is also currently offering a seven-day free trial that you can use to watch the Oscars online free. Sign up for the free trial here, and enjoy a free Oscars live stream on ABC. After the seven-day free trial, fuboTV costs $74.99 per month.
Oscars 2023 Host, Presenters, Performers
As usual, this year’s Oscars will be a star-studded event.
After having three hosts last year — Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Sykes — the Oscars return to a solo host in 2023, with Jimmy Kimmel once again leading the proceedings.
While the list of presenters and performers have yet to be announced, there could be a couple of A-list singers taking the stage: Rihanna is up for her first-ever Oscar trophy, nominated for her song “Lift Me Up,” off the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack. Lady Gaga, meantime, is nominated for “Hold My Hand,” from Top Gun: Maverick. They’ll both go up against Kala Bhairava, whose song “Naatu Naatu” (form the hit film RRR) is the first song from an Indian film to receive a nomination in the category.
The “Best Original Song” nominees have all typically been invited to perform on the Oscars stage, so we could see Gaga and Rihanna at this year’s ceremony.
Catch all the action live when the 2023 Academy Awards air on ABC March 12. “