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From Halloween to Oscar: Jamie Lee Curtis’ Rise to Fame and Her Memorable Roles on the Big Screen

Thanks to Jamie Lee Curtis’ moving acceptance speech at the 94th Academy Awards, she has now officially entered the select club of Oscar winners. The 64-year-old actress won the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in Everything Everywhere All at Once after a long and successful career.

It was a significant occasion for her and her family that Curtis won. She dedicated her victory to her late parents, actors Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, two Hollywood superstars. She highlighted in her moving address the importance of continuing in her parents’ footsteps as well as the influence her parents had on her life and profession.

Also, the actress extended her gratitude to the Daniels’s Everything Everywhere All at Once cast and crew (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert). She expressed her gratitude for their imagination and foresight, which had made it possible for her to take on the demanding role of Deirdre Beaubeirdra, a woman who travels across various realms and realities.

The fact that Curtis won shows both how adaptable she is as an actress and how popular she continues to be in Hollywood. Her career spans more than four decades, and she has acted in a variety of horror, comedy, and drama films.

She first rose to fame in the horror movie Halloween (1978), which has since grown to be regarded as a classic of the genre. She has also appeared in a number of well-known movies, including True Lies and A Fish Named Wanda (1988). (1994).

Curtis Bagging the Award

Beyond her acting career, Curtis is also a prominent advocate for mental health awareness and an outspoken supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. She has been open about her struggles with addiction and recovery, and has used her platform to promote understanding and empathy towards those dealing with mental health issues.

Curtis’ win at the Oscars is a well-deserved recognition of her talent and hard work, and a moment of triumph for her and her family. Her emotional speech touched the hearts of many and reminded us of the power of perseverance and resilience. As Curtis herself said, “It’s never too late to be recognized for who you are and what you do.”

Leigh earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 1961 for her iconic role in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, while Curtis’ father Tony Curtis bagged a Best Actor nomination in 1959 for The Defiant Ones.

Curtis spoke about the connection between her and her parents’ Oscar nominations in a recent interview with PEOPLE, saying, “It’s a beautiful link. It’s a lineage link.” She acknowledged the legendary status of her parents’ fame and stardom, and never thought she would reach the same level of recognition. 

However, her win for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Everything Everywhere All at Once is a testament to her own talent and hard work.

Curtis’ win is also notable for beating out fellow nominees including her Everything Everywhere All at Once co-star Stephanie Hsu, as well as Angela Bassett for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Hong Chau for The Whale, and Kerry Condon for The Banshees of Inisherin. 

This marks Curtis’ first Academy Award nomination and win, capping off a long and varied career that has seen her become a beloved figure in Hollywood.

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Oscars Winners 2023

Best Picture

All Quiet on the Western Front

Avatar: The Way of Water

The Banshees of Inisherin


WINNER: Everything Everywhere All at Once

The Fabelmans


Top Gun: Maverick

Triangle of Sadness

Women Talking

Best Director

Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin

WINNER: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans

Todd Field, Tár

Ruben Östlund, Triangle of Sadness

Best Actor

Austin Butler, Elvis

Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin

WINNER: Brendan Fraser, The Whale

Paul Mescal, Aftersun

Bill Nighy, Living

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, Tár

Ana de Armas, Blonde

Andrea Riseborough, To Leslie

Michelle Williams, The Fabelmans

WINNER: Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Supporting Actor

Brendan Gleeson, The Banshees of Inisherin

Brian Tyree Henry, Causeway

Judd Hirsch, The Fabelmans

Barry Keoghan, The Banshees of Inisherin

WINNER: Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Supporting Actress

Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Hong Chau, The Whale

Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin

WINNER: Jamie Lee Curtis, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Stephanie Hsu, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin

WINNER: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner, The Fabelmans

Todd Field, TÁR

Ruben Östlund, Triangle of Sadness

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Edward Berger, Lesley Paterson, and Ian Stokell, All Quiet on the Western Front

Rian Johnson, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Kazuo Ishiguro, Living

Screenplay by Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, and Christopher McQuarrie, story by Peter Craig and Justin Marks, Top Gun: Maverick

WINNER: Sarah Polley, Women Talking

Best Animated Feature Film

WINNER: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Marcel the Shell With Shoes On

Puss In Boots: The Last Wish

The Sea Beast

Turning Red

Best International Feature Film

WINNER: All Quiet on the Western Front

Argentina, 1985



The Quiet Girl

Best Documentary Feature

All That Breathes

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

Fire of Love

A House Made of Splinters

WINNER: Navalny

Best Film Editing

Mikkel E.G. Nielsen, The Banshees of Inisherin

Matt Villa and Jonathan Redmond, Elvis

WINNER: Paul Rogers, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Monika Willi, TÁR

Eddie Hamilton, Top Gun: Maverick

Best Production Design

WINNER: Christian M. Goldbeck and Ernestine Hipper, All Quiet on the Western Front

Dylan Cole, Ben Procter, and Vanessa Cole, Avatar: The Way of Water

Florencia Martin and Anthony Carlino, Babylon

Catherine Martin, Karen Murphy, and Bev Dunn, Elvis

Rick Carter and Karen O’Hara, The Fabelmans

Best Sound

Viktor Prášil, Frank Kruse, Markus Stemler, Lars Ginzel, and Stefan Korte, All Quiet on the Western Front

Julian Howarth, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle, Dick Bernstein, Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, and Michael Hedges, Avatar: The Way of Water

Stuart Wilson, William Files, Douglas Murray, and Andy Nelson, The Batman

David Lee, Wayne Pashley, Andy Nelson, and Michael Keller, Elvis

WINNER: Mark Weingarten, James H. Mather, Al Nelson, Chris Burdon, and Mark Taylor, Top Gun: Maverick

Best Visual Effects

Frank Petzold, Viktor Müller, Markus Frank, and Kamil Jafar, All Quiet on the Western Front

WINNER: Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham, Eric Saindon, and Daniel Barrett, Avatar: The Way of Water

Dan Lemmon, Russell Earl, Anders Langlands, and Dominic Tuohy, The Batman

Geoffrey Baumann, Craig Hammack, R. Christopher White, and Dan Sudick, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Ryan Tudhope, Seth Hill, Bryan Litson, and Scott R. Fisher, Top Gun: Maverick

Best Cinematography

WINNER: James Friend, All Quiet on the Western Front

Darius Khondji, Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

Mandy Walker, Elvis

Roger Deakins, Empire of Light

Florian Hoffmeister, TÁR

Best Music (Original Song)

“Applause” from Tell It Like a Woman, music and lyrics by Dianne Warren

“Hold My Hand” from Top Gun: Maverick, music and lyrics by Lady Gaga and BloodPop

“Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, music and lyrics by Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler, and Ludwig Goransson

WINNER: “Naatu Naatu” from RRR, music by M.M. Keeravaani, lyrics by Chandrabose

“This Is a Life” from Everything Everywhere All at Once, music by Ryan Lott, David Byrne, and Mitski, lyrics by Ryan Lott

Best Music (Original Score)

WINNER: Volker Bertelmann, All Quiet on the Western Front

Justin Hurwitz, Babylon

Carter Burwell, The Banshees of Inisherin

Son Lux, Everything Everywhere All at Once

John Williams, The Fabelmans

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Best Costume Design

Mary Zophres, Babylon

WINNER: Ruth E. Carter, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Catherine Martin, Elvis

Shirley Kurata, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Jenny Beavan, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Heike Merker and Linda Eisenhamerová, All Quiet on the Western Front

Naomi Donne, Mike Marino, and Mike Fontaine, The Batman

Camille Friend and Joel Harlow, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Mark Coulier, Jason Baird, and Aldo Signoretti, Elvis

WINNER: Adrien Morot, Judy Chin, and Anne Marie Bradley, The Whale

Best Live Action Short Film

WINNER: An Irish Goodbye


Le Pupille

Night Ride

The Red Suitcase

Best Animated Short Film

WINNER: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse

The Flying Sailor

Ice Merchants

My Year of Dicks

An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake, and I Think I Believe It

Best Documentary Short Film

WINNER: The Elephant Whisperers


How Do You Measure a Year?

The Martha Mitchell Effect

Stranger at the Gate

Photo: EW