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And no sooner have the Oppenheimer team left the stage than we are basically done. Kimmel just has time to plug a new episode of sitcom Abbot Elementary – ah the glamour of the Academy Awards!

Oppenheimer wins best picture

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Al Pacino presents best picture … and completely flubs it, announcing Oppenheimer’s victory in the most anticlimactic fashion possible. I doubt Nolan and his producers will care one bit! Emma Thomas takes centre stage this time around, with another shambling but endearing speech by a Brit in a night full of them. It’s a victory for giant, box-office conquering cinema – something of a rarity in recent Oscars history.

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It wouldn’t be the Oscars without Jimmy Kimmel having a dig at Donald Trump. In fairness Trump started it, calling Kimmel the worst Oscars host ever on that social media cesspool of his, Truth Social. “Isn’t it past your jail time, Kimmel replies.

Emma Stone wins best actress

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This one has been neck and neck between Emma Stone and Lily Gladstone all awards season – but Stone claims the prize, and her second Oscar for her wild performance as Bella Baxter in Poor Things. Her dress is broken (she says it happened in the commotion of I’m Just Ken), and her speech is measured and quietly tearful.

Emma Stone accepts thebest actress award for Poor Things Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesChristopher Nolan wins best director

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The Oppenheimer wave is here. Nolan wins his first Oscar win for his eighth nomination, and warmly hugs the award’s presenter, Steven Spielberg. Nolan’s speech is, to be frank, pretty functional, though there is a nice touch in shouting out his wife Emma Thomas – “producer of all our films, and all our children.”

Christopher Nolan accepts the award for best director for Oppenheimer. Photograph: Chris Pizzello/Invision/APCillian Murphy wins best actor

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These ‘multiple actors presenting acting categories’ bits are slowly improving, mainly because if you have Nic Cage doing the presenting, it’s unlikely to be a snorefest. Cillian Murphy wins best actor for his mannered portrayal of Robert Oppenheimer. It feels like his win was never in doubt – impressive in itself given he’s not really one for glad-handing. “I’m a very proud Irish man standing here tonight,” he says, before noting that “for better or worse, we are living in Oppenheimer’s world”.

Cillian Murphy accepts the Oscar for best actor. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

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The In Memoriam segment is soundtracked by Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo performing Time to Say Goodbye, a far less jarring musical choice than Lenny Kravitz last year. Michael Gambon, Carl Weathers, Glenda Jackson, Matthew Perry, Tina Turner, William Friedkin and Robbie Robertson are just some of the stars lost in the last 12 months.

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Coming next are the final big four categories: lead actor, director, lead actress and best picture. Don’t touch that dial – or whatever the webpage equivalent of a dial is

What Was I Made For? (from Barbie) wins best original song

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Barbie won’t go home empty-handed. Billie Eilish picks up her second Oscar, alongside brother Finneas, both of them sporting red Gaza ceasefire pins. I think, had it been based on the on-the-night performance, the pair would have finished a distant third behind I’m Just Ken and Wahzhazhe (A Song for My People) – but it’s hard to argue with What Was I Made For’s staying power over the last eight months.

Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell embrace Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie after they won the Oscar for Best Original Song for What Was I Made For? Photograph: Mike Blake/ReutersOppenheimer wins best score

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Another Oscar for Oppenheimer, this time for Ludwig Göransson’s booming score. He shouts out Nolan for the director’s idea to introduce more violin to the mix.

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Two and a half hours in, and I think it’s safe to say this is one of the best Oscar ceremonies of recent years. It’s zipping along nicely, has had a strong opening monologue, some powerful speeches, a balance of weightiness and lighter stuff, and Cena in the buff. Could maybe do with a few more shocks, sure, but otherwise impressive.

The glamour of the red carpetRyan Gosling – and 65 Kens – perform I’m Just Ken

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And it doesn’t disappoint. Gosling, clad in glittered suit and pink gloves, stops reading the Guardian liveblog for 2 minutes, to rise out of his chair and join an army of stetson-wearing Kens on stage, including Simu Liu, Ncuti Gatwa and Kingsley Ben-Adir. And joining him for a squealing guitar solo is Slash! Gosling is having a lot of fun here – he runs over to Gerwig, Ferrara and Robbie to get them to join in before hopping triumphantly back on stage for the big finish. Terrific!

The Zone of Interest wins best sound

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After a very fun montage that basically amounts to a lot of bangs and crashes, The Zone of Interest picks up its second award of the night. It’s extremely well-deserved – I can’t remember a film whose sound work was so essential to the finished product, and so original too.

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Another best song performance now and it’s The Fire Inside, a rousing, sensuous number about some quite spicy crisps. Unmemorable but mercifully short. Gosling and 65 Kens up next!

Becky G performs The Fire Inside from Flamin’ Hot Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThe Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar wins best live action short film

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Wes Anderson’s first Oscar win. Not in the most glamorous of categories, but he’ll take it. Well, he won’t literally take it – he’s skipped the ceremony!

Oppenheimer wins best cinematography

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Here comes the Oppenheimer charge. “Oh, silly,” says cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, looking down at his daft little gold statue.

Dutch-Swedish cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema accepts the award for Best Cinematography for Oppenheimer Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/AFP/Getty Images20 Days in Mariupol wins best documentary

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Director Mstyslav Chernov, producers Michelle Mizner and Raney Aronson-Rath win the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature Film for 20 Days in Mariupol Photograph: Mike Blake/ReutersThe first Oscar in Ukrainian history goes to a film thoroughly deserving of it. “I wish I had never had to make this film,” director Mstyslav Chernov says of his powerful, if extremely tough to watch documentary about the besieged eastern Ukrainian city. He ends with a defiant shout of “Slava Ukraini”

The Last Repair Shop wins best documentary short

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Not surprise here – this film about the craftspeople repairing musical instruments in US public schools was considered an Oppenheimer-level lock for anyone au fait with the docu short category. And it’s a belter of a speech from director Kris Bowers, accompanied by a beaming 12-year old student.

Directors Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers win the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject for The Last Repair Shop Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

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