The 94th Academy Awards were presented on Sunday (March 27) at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, ending the awards season in unexpectedly dramatic fashion.
As best actor winner Will Smith’s take on comedian Chris Rock continues to dominate social media conversation, the 2022 Oscars were also marked by moving acceptance speeches, debut wins and the ceremony’s three co-hosts – Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda – made unforgettable Syke.
The theme of this year’s Academy Awards was “Movie Lovers United” as the Academy celebrated cinematic excellence in 23 categories.
Although Jane Campion’s critically acclaimed western The power of the dog secured the most nominations this year (12), Sian Heder’s tearjerkers coda emerged as the night’s big winner – winning all three categories for which it was nominated, including Best Picture.
As a matter of fact, coda made Oscar history by becoming the first film with a streaming-only release to win Best Picture upon its premiere on Apple TV+ in August 2021.
coda Actor Troy Kotsur has also earned a place in the Oscars Hall of Fame after becoming the first deaf male actor to win Best Supporting Actor in the 94 years since the award was instituted.
The 53-year-old actor, who has been deaf since birth, has previously been recognized for his performance at the Baftas, Screen Actors Guild Awards and Critics’ Choice Awards.
Both react to coda‘s victories and Smith’s feud with Rock, filmmaker Rebekah McKendry summed up the ceremony in a tweet that read, “One woman won three awards for her film and two men acted like total kids.”
The science fiction epic by Denis Villeneuve dune (with a total of 10 nominations) dominated the technical categories, winning awards for Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Music (Original Score), Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, and Best Costume Design.
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Emma Stone led Cruella took home the Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Picture for Jessica Chastain Tammy Faye’s eyes was awarded for excellent make-up and hair styling.
Chastain previously criticized the Academy for its decision to remove eight categories (including hair and makeup) from the live broadcast.
The 45-year-old actress had promised she would be on hand to support her film’s makeup team when her category was announced, even if it meant missing the glittery part of the evening on the red carpet would.
A beaming Chastain accompanied the film’s makeup artists as they accepted their Oscars Tammy Faye’s eyes – set the stage for Chastain to cap off the evening with her win for Best Actress.
Knock out other nominees including Kristen Stewart (Spencer) and Nicole Kidman (Be the Ricardos)Chastain delivered a moving speech on discrimination while accepting her first Oscar.
Celebrating individuality, empathy and love, she said: “I’m inspired by [Tammy Faye’s] Compassion and I see it as a guiding principle that moves us forward and it binds us all together in the desire that we want to be accepted for who we are, accepted for what we love and live without fear of violence or want to wage terror.”
“For any of you out there who are actually feeling hopeless or alone, I just want you to know that you are loved unconditionally for the uniqueness that you are,” Chastain continued.
Ariana DeBose, who also received her first Oscar, won the gold statuette for the role of Anita in Steven Spielberg’s reimagining of the Broadway classic Westside Story. With her win, DeBose becomes the first Afro-Latina and queer woman to ever win the Best Supporting Actress category.
However, this was Westside Story‘s only win, despite being nominated in seven categories – including Best Director.
While King Richard Actor Smith’s uproar on stage with Rock threatens to eclipse his first Oscar win. The actor addressed the confrontation shortly thereafter as he came back on stage to collect his award.
He praised Richard Williams – the father of Venus and Serena Williams, whom he portrays in the film – as “a fierce defender of his family”.
“I am called in my life to love and protect people and to be a flow for my people,” Smith said.
The full list of 2022 Oscar winners can be found here. Get the latest updates and reactions from the dramatic ceremony here, and read about the key talking points here.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/oscars-2022-best-picture-winner-coda-b2045408.html Coda wins the hotly contested Power of the Dog Best Picture category