UNEXPECTED DRAMA AT THE 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS
The Academy Awards, popularly known as the OSCARS, are awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry. They are regarded by many as the most prestigious and significant awards in the entertainment industry worldwide.
The 94th Academy Awards was marked with the usual. To reach the sanctum, invited guests had to pass through a series of security checkpoints (negative PCR test results were required) and a blue carpet lined with shouting photographers. Some luminous glow worms, include Billie Eilish, Pedro Almodóvar and Jessica Chastain (wearing an emerald-green Gucci dress that evoked Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”). They were then immediately diverted to a private studio where Mark Seliger shot their formal portraits. Others processed directly into the actual party, where cameras, phones and other recording devices had been strictly forbidden.
Actor Will Smith hitting Comedian Chris Rock
This year, an onstage slap gave the Oscars more drama than it bargained for. Actor Will Smith strode onto the stage of the Dolby Theater and hit the comedian Chris Rock after he made a joke about his wife.
Moments later, Smith won the award for best actor, his first Oscar and apologized to the academy. Other awards that were presented include:
Best Picture; ‘CODA’ becomes the first streaming-service movie to win best picture.
Best Director; Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog”
Best Actor; Will Smith for his role in “King Richard.”
Best Actress; Jessica Chastain “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”
Best Supporting Actor; Troy Kotsur, “CODA” Troy Kotsur makes history as the first deaf man to win an acting Oscar.
Best Supporting Actress; Ariana DeBose won best supporting actress for her role in “West Side Story.”
Best animated feature honour; ‘Encanto’
“CODA,” a relatively small-scale drama once considered an underdog, become the first film distributed by a streaming service to win Hollywood’s tophonourr. (“CODA” was released by Apple TV+, which purchased the movie after it played at the Sundance Film Festival in 2021).
The night’s most-awarded movie was “Dune,” which won in six categories including cinematography and production design.
The best director honour went to Jane Campion, whose subversive western, “The Power of the Dog,” was the most nominated movie of the night. Campion’s victory was important for Oscars history: This year’s ceremony became the first time that the best director Oscar has gone to women twice in a row. (Chloé Zhao won last year for “Nomadland”; Campion had already made history by being the first woman to be nominated for best director twice).
The 94th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films released between March 1 and December 31, 2021, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 27, 2022. The ceremony was hosted by Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes. It was the first ceremony since the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011 to feature multiple hosts.