The 2023 Oscars proved to be one of the most memorable and inspiring nights in the Academy’s 95-year history.

While much attention in the run-up to this year’s ceremony was placed on slap-related matters, not to mention returning host Jimmy Kimmel’s predictable decision to go into overkill when it came to slap jokes, the bulk of the evening thankfully saw presenters and winners alike largely shifting the focus back to the real reason we all do this every year: our love for movies.

The performances were better than ever, with Rihanna, Lady Gaga and more giving us some unforgettable moments. The speeches were heartfelt and tearful, even if some winners were cut short.

Below, we recapped the best parts of this year’s Oscars, the biggest surprises and even one or two letdowns.