The 94th Academy Awards had been handed out at Los Angeles’s Dolby Theatre on Sunday (27 March), closing out awards season in unexpectedly dramatic style.
Whereas Finest Actor winner Will Smith’s onstage altercation with comedian Chris Rock continues to dominate dialog on social media, the 2022 Oscars had been additionally made memorable by transferring acceptance speeches, debut wins, and the ceremony’s three co-hosts – Amy Schumer, Regina Corridor and Wanda Sykes.
The Oscars’ theme this yr was “Movie Lovers United” because the Academy celebrated cinematic excellence throughout 23 classes.
Whereas Jane Campion’s critically acclaimed western The Energy of the Canine secured probably the most nominations this yr (12), Sian Heder’s tear-jerker Coda emerged the night time’s large winner – sweeping all three classes it was nominated for, together with Finest Image.
In reality, Coda made Oscars historical past by turning into the primary ever movie with a streaming-only launch to win the Finest Image honour, following its premiere on Apple TV+ in August 2021.
Coda actor Troy Kotsur also earned himself a place in the Oscars Hall of Fame after he turned the primary deaf male actor to win Finest Supporting Actor within the 94 years because the awards had been instituted.
The 53-year-old actor, who has been deaf since start, beforehand received awards on the Baftas, Display Actors Guild Awards and the Critics’ Selection Awards for his efficiency.
Reacting each to Coda’s wins and Smith’s feud with Rock on the Oscars, filmmaker Rebekah McKendry summarised the ceremony in a tweet that learn: “A woman won three awards on her movie and two men behaved like total children.”
Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic Dune (with a complete of 10 nominations) dominated the technical classes, successful prizes for Finest Movie Enhancing, Finest Cinematography, Finest Music (Authentic Rating), Finest Sound, Finest Visible Results and Finest Costume Design.
Whereas Emma Stone-led Cruella took house the Oscar for Finest Costume Design, Jessica Chastain’s film The Eyes of Tammy Faye was awarded for excellence in make-up and hairstyling.
Chastain had beforehand criticised the Academy for its resolution to slash eight categories (including hair and makeup) from the live broadcast.
The actor, 45, had promised she would be present to support her film’s makeup team when their class was introduced, even when that meant she would miss the glitzy purple carpet portion of the night.
A beaming Chastain accompanied the movie’s make-up artists as they accepted their Oscar for The Eyes of Tammy Faye – setting the stage for Chastain to round out the evening with her Best Actress win.
Beating out actors together with Kristen Stewart (Spencer) and Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos), Chastain delivered a transferring speech about discrimination whereas accepting her maiden Oscar award.
Celebrating individuality, empathy, and love, she mentioned: “I’m inspired by [Tammy Faye’s] compassion and I see it as a guiding principle that leads us forward, and it connects us all in the desire that we want to be accepted for who we are, accepted for who we love and to live a life without the fear of violence or terror.”
“For any of you out there who do, in fact, feel hopeless or alone, I just want you to know that you are unconditionally loved for the uniqueness that is you,” Chastain continued.
Additionally incomes her first Oscar, Ariana DeBose won the golden statuette for playing Anita in Steven Spielberg’s reimagining of Broadway traditional West Facet Story. Together with her win, DeBose has turn into the primary Afro-Latina and queer girl to ever win the Finest Supporting Actress class.
Nonetheless, this was West Facet Story’s solitary win regardless of being nominated in seven classes – together with Finest Director.
Whereas King Richard actor Smith’s on-stage fracas with Rock threatens to eclipse his first Oscar win, the actor addressed the confrontation moments after it occurred when he walked again on stage to just accept his award.
He praised Richard Williams – the daddy of Venus and Serena Williams whom he portrays within the movie – as a “fierce defender of his family”.
“I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people,” mentioned Smith.