LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — The 96th annual Academy Awards at Los Angeles’s Dolby Theater, brought together the brightest talents from the world of cinema, showcasing remarkable performances and significant achievements. From heartwarming tributes to groundbreaking victories, the event was filled with memorable moments that captivated audiences worldwide.

Renowned actor Ben Kingsley, of mixed English and Gujarati heritage, paid a heartfelt tribute to lead actor nominee Cillian Murphy, who later emerged as a winner for his stellar performance in “Oppenheimer.” Meanwhile, filmmaker Wes Anderson clinched his first Oscar for the short film “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar,” featuring Dev Patel and Ben Kingsley in prominent roles.

The Oscars red carpet also saw prominent South Asian personalities making a dazzling appearance. Liza Koshy, born to an American mother and Indian Malyali father, exuded elegance in a striking red gown, while British actor and rapper Riz Ahmed, of South Asian origin, made a powerful statement with a red lapel pin advocating for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.

Indian-born Canadian filmmaker Nisha Pahuja, celebrated for her impactful documentaries, graced the event alongside Ranjith, the father of a rape survivor depicted in her nominated film “To Kill a Tiger.” Additionally, Indian-American Bela Bajaria proudly flaunted her Indian heritage with her outfit choice, adding a touch of cultural significance to the red carpet.

The Oscars ceremony also featured notable nods to South Asian culture and talent. American Fiction composer Laura Karpman accessorized her look with a Dairy Milk logo adorned handbag, adding a playful touch to her ensemble. Decorated with large purple spangles, delicate rhinestones, and gold beads forming the logo, the opulent accessory stole the spotlight as she shared chocolates from her stylish purse, adding an element of fun to the prestigious event.

SS Rajamouli’s hit track “Naatu Naatu” made its way back to the Oscars as it was displayed on the screen before the announcement of Best Original Song. Furthermore, RRR, received recognition again as the Academy celebrated some of the greatest stunt sequences in cinema.

Indian production designer Nitin Chandrakant Desai was honored in the In-Memoriam section, paying tribute to his contributions to the film industry.