At the Oscars 2022, Coda became the ultimate underdog winning Best Film, though the night will be most memorable for Will Smith derailing the show.
Coda won Best Film at the Oscars 2022, though Will Smith will be the rememberable moment from the 94th Academy Awards after the Fresh Prince assaulted Chris Rock.
Ultimately, the 94th Academy Awards had a lot of pressure to get people talking about the ceremony after the live broadcast had seen its lowest viewing ratings, with last year’s event taking place at key film spaces across the world due to the pandemic.
However, while journalists across the globe discuss whether Will Smith attacking Chris Rock was in fact a stunt, it cannot be denied it has got us all talking.
With broadcaster ABC muting the live broadcast as Smith shouted the expletive, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth” after Rock made an untasteful joke about Will’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
Rock made reference to how she would be best suited in a role for G.I. Jane II, an imaginary sequel to a 1997 Ridley Scott movie starring Demi Moore who is bald throughout the film.
Pinkett Smith has been a public speaker of her diagnosis of alopecia, an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss.
Previously Rock had made a joke at Pinkett Smith’s expense in 2016 when the actress boycotted the Academy Awards over issues regarding diversity.
“Jada got mad, said she’s not coming. Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited,” Chris mocked as part of his open monologue of the show.
The event itself saw Coda take Best Film, despite being the underdog of the nominees. The Apple TV movie tells the story of a young speaking girl in a family of deaf members.
CODA, an abbreviation of Child of Deaf Adults, also saw Troy Kotsur win Best Supporting Actor, making him the first deaf actor to win an Oscar.
This is the second film about the deaf community in recent years to win an award, as in 2018, the Academy awarded ‘The Silent Child’ Best Short Film.
The Silent Child told the tale of a deaf girl struggling to lip read in a community reluctant to teach British Sign Language (BSL), something which earlier this year was recognised as an official language by the UK Government.
Other Oscar award winners include aforementioned Will Smith (King Richard) and Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye) who both won the Best Actor accolades, with Ariana DeBose (West Side Story) becoming the first queer person of colour to win an award as she accepts for Best Supporting Actress.
One thing is for sure at the end of Oscars 2022, Will Smith has entered the realm of Academy Award fame that Ellen DeGeneres started with her viral group selfie.
Though it has tried to be emulated since, including by Jimmy Kimmell who stopped the Oscars for a tour group to walk through the show, Will Smith managed to hijack the show celebrating film everywhere with all eyes on him and Chris Rock.
- Winner: Coda
- The Power of the Dog
- West Side Story
- Licorice Pizza
- King Richard
- Don’t Look Up
- Drive My Car
- Nightmare Alley
- Winner: Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye
- Olivia Colman – The Lost Daughter
- Nicole Kidman – Being the Ricardos
- Kristen Stewart – Spencer
- Penelope Cruz – Parallel Mothers
- Winner: Will Smith – King Richard
- Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog
- Andrew Garfield – Tick, Tick… Boom!
- Denzel Washington – The Tragedy of Macbeth
- Javier Bardem – Being the Ricardos
Best supporting actress
- Winner: Ariana DeBose – West Side Story
- Kirsten Dunst – The Power of the Dog
- Aunjanue Ellis – King Richard
- Dame Judi Dench – Belfast
- Jessie Buckley – The Lost Daughter
Best supporting actor
- Winner: Troy Kotsur – Coda
- Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Power of the Dog
- Ciarán Hinds – Belfast
- Jesse Plemons – The Power of the Dog
- JK Simmons – Being the Ricardos
- Winner: Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog
- Paul Thomas Anderson – Licorice Pizza
- Steven Spielberg – West Side Story
- Sir Kenneth Branagh – Belfast
- Ryusuke Hamaguchi – Drive My Car
Best original screenplay
- Winner: Belfast – Sir Kenneth Branagh
- Licorice Pizza – Paul Thomas Anderson
- King Richard – Zach Baylin
- Don’t Look Up – Adam McKay (story by McKay and David Sirota)
- The Worst Person in the World – Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt
Best adapted screenplay
- Winner: Coda – Sian Heder
- The Power of the Dog – Jane Campion
- The Lost Daughter – Maggie Gyllenhaal
- Dune – Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth
- Drive My Car – Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe
Best animated feature
- Winner: Encanto
- The Mitchells vs the Machines
- Raya and the Last Dragon
Best documentary feature
- Winner: Summer of Soul
- Writing with Fire
Best international feature
- Winner: Drive My Car (Japan)
- The Worst Person in the World (Norway)
- Flee (Denmark)
- The Hand of God (Italy)
- Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Bhutan)
Best original song
- Winner: No Time to Die – No Time to Die (Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell)
- Dos Oruguitas – Encanto (Lin-Manuel Miranda)
- Be Alive – King Richard (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Dixson)
- Belfast – Down to Joy (Van Morrison)
- Somehow You Do – Four Good Days (Diane Warren)
Best original score
- Winner: Dune – Hans Zimmer
- The Power of the Dog – Jonny Greenwood
- Don’t Look Up – Nicholas Britell
- Encanto – Germaine Franco
- Parallel Mothers – Alberto Iglesias
- Winner: Dune – Greig Fraser
- The Power of the Dog – Ari Wegner
- The Tragedy of Macbeth – Bruno Delbonnel
- Nightmare Alley – Dan Laustsen
- West Side Story – Janusz Kaminski
Best visual effects
- Winner: Dune – Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor, Gerd Nefzer
- Free Guy – Swen Gillberg, Bryan Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis, Dan Sudick
- Spider-Man: No Way Home – Kelly Port, Chris Waegner, Scott Edelstein and Dan Sudick
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – Christopher Townsend, Joe Farrell, Sean Noel Walker and Dan Oliver
- No Time to Die – Charlie Noble, Joel Green, Jonathan Fawkner, Chris Corbould
Best film editing
- Winner: Dune – Joe Walker
- The Power of the Dog – Peter Sciberras
- Don’t Look Up – Hank Corwin
- King Richard – Pamela Martin
- Tick, Tick… Boom! – Myron Kerstein and Andrew Weisblum
Best costume design
- Winner: Cruella – Jenny Beavan
- Dune – Jacqueline West and Bob Morgan
- West Side Story – Paul Tazewell
- Nightmare Alley – Luis Sequeira
- Cyrano – Massimo Cantini Parrini and Jacqueline Durran
- Winner: Dune – Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett
- West Side Story – Tod A Maitland, Gary Rydstrom, Brian Chumney, Andy Nelson and Shawn Murphy
- No Time to Die – Simon Hayes, Oliver Tarney, James Harrison, Paul Massey and Mark Taylor
- Belfast – Denise Yarde, Simon Chase, James Mather and Niv Adiri
- The Power of the Dog – Richard Flynn, Robert Mackenzie and Tara Webb
Best production design
- Winner: Dune – Patrice Vermette and Zsuzsanna Sipos
- Nightmare Alley – Tamara Deverell and Shane Vieau
- West Side Story – Adam Stockhausen and Rena DeAngelo
- The Tragedy of Macbeth – Stefan Dechant and Nancy Haigh
- The Power of the Dog – Grant Major and Amber Richards
Best make-up and hairstyling
- Winner: The Eyes of Tammy Faye – Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh
- Dune – Donald Mowat, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
- Cruella – Nadia Stacey, Naomi Donne and Julia Vernon
- Coming 2 America – Mike Marino, Stacey Morris and Carla Farmer
- House of Gucci – Goran Lundstrom, Anna Carin Lock and Frederic Aspiras
Best live-action short
- Winner: The Long Goodbye
- Ala Kachuu – Take and Run
- The Dress
- On My Mind
- Please Hold
Best animated short
- Winner: The Windshield Wiper
- Affairs of the Art
- Robin Robin
Best documentary short
- Winner: The Queen of Basketball
- Lead Me Home
- Three Songs for Benazir
- When We Were Bullies
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