The 2024 Oscars highlight reel

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling
Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling during the “I’m Just Ken" performance

Show-stopping performances, jaw-dropping outfits (or lack thereof), and huge wins were just some of what happened during the biggest night for film



Awards season finally comes to a close with a zany and memorable Oscars 2024. Show-stopping performances, jaw-dropping outfits (or lack thereof), and huge wins were only some of what happened during film’s biggest night. Here are some key moments from this year’s Academy Awards.

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You Ken do it

Ryan Gosling as Ken at the Oscars
Photo by Rich Polk/Variety

Donned in a sparkly pink suit that seemed to pay tribute to Barbie Pink and Marilyn Monroe’s “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” Ryan Gosling led a show-stopping performance of “I’m Just Ken.” While the prominent song didn’t nab the win—which went to fellow Barbie nominee, “What Was I Made For”—the performance was definitely a highlight for many. 

The ensemble cast including Margot Robbie and America Ferrera, as well as director Greta Gerwig, joined Gosling on stage for added impact. Gosling was also joined by the Guns and Roses guitarist Slash.

The powerful performance left many reeling and best actress Emma Stone jokingly blamed it for her wardrobe malfunction.

What they were made for

Billie Eilish and Finneas at the Oscars
Photo by Rich Polk/Variety

Speaking of music, another number that garnered a standing ovation was Billie Eilish’s live rendition of “What Was I Made For,” which went on to win the Best Original Song award for the night.

Joined by her brother Finneas O’Connell on the piano, Eilish delivered a touching performance of the emotional song. A string orchestra accentuated the somber, existential mood, ultimately leaving the audience moved.

The best costume is… no costume?

John Cena Naked at the Oscars
Photo by Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

Wearing nothing but Birkenstocks and an award envelope all but stuck to his crotch, John Cena presented the Best Costume Design award to “Poor Things’” Holly Waddington. 

Cena’s bold move—a nod to the Oscar streaker of 1974—took many by surprise. However, the wrestling star and actor was not fully unsheathed. He was wearing a skin-colored covering to conceal his bum.

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RDJ’s first

Robert Downey Jr. receives his first ever Oscar
Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters

Despite Robert Downey Jr.’s lengthy four-decade career, the seasoned actor had yet to receive an Oscar—until today. The Tony Stark incarnate clinched the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in “Oppenheimer.”

“I’d like to thank my terrible childhood and the academy, in that order,” Downey Jr. said in jest during his acceptance speech.

Kimmel’s Trump card

Jimmy Kimmel hosts the oscars
Photo by Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel hosted this year’s Academy Awards. As an attuned presenter, he was quick to seek out reviews of his performance thus far. The first comment he stumbled upon was from former U.S. president Donald Trump. This was not the first tirade between the comedian and businessman, as they have taken jabs at one another over jokes and taco bowls. However, this feud in particular stood out due to its occurrence on the Oscars stage.

“Has there EVER been a WORSE HOST than Jimmy Kimmel at The Oscars,” a post on the conservative social media platform Truth Social read. Trump went on to nag about Kimmel’s opening, as the comedian was “trying too hard to be something which he is not.”

“Isn’t it past your jail time?” Kimmel quipped in response.

The Oppenheimer sweep

Oppenheimer cast at the Oscars
Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters

The Christopher Nolan-directed epic ended up with the most awards for the night. Oppenheimer won Best Picture, while Cillian Murphy took home the Best Actor award. Nolan also nabbed the Best Director title, and as previously mentioned, Downey Jr. won his first Oscar as the film’s Best Supporting Actor. All in all, the film won seven of the thirteen nominations they received.

A comedic highlight involved Hollywood giant Al Pacino getting straight to the point for the announcement of the night’s biggest award. “Best Picture…uh, I have to go to the envelope for that. And I will. Here it comes. And my eyes see Oppenheimer,” the actor slurred.

Artists for ceasefire

Ramy Youssef, Billie Eilish, and Mark Ruffalo at the Oscars
(L-R) Ramy Youssef, Billie Eilish, and Mark Ruffalo

Numerous attending artists including Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connor, Ramy Youssef, Mahershala Ali, and more wore red pins alongside their Oscars ensembles.

These red pins symbolize a call for a ceasefire in response to months’ worth of tensions and tragic events between Israel and Palestine. Aside from an end to violence, wearers of the pin—not only during the Academy Awards but also prior awards ceremonies—call for humanitarian aid to be provided to Palestinians in Gaza.

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