Oscars 2022 – Recap & Highlights

The film industry’s biggest night of the year is here! Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Skyes are set to take the Oscars stage to host the 94th Academy Awards in-person ceremony at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

‘Dune’ received ten nods while Kristen Stewart and Beyoncé have received their first Oscar nominations this year! Troy Kotsur made history as the first-ever deaf male actor to be nominated for the Best Supporting Actor award at the Oscars. ‘The Power of the Dog’ director Jane Campion has earned two nominations from the Academy , becoming just the first woman to do so. ‘The Power of the Dog’ led the pack of nominees with 12 nods!

‘Dune’ won the most awards, taking home six wins, while ‘The Power of the Dog’, which led the nominations, only picked up one award on Sunday night. ‘CODA’ is this year’s Best Picture and won two other awards while Will Smith and Jessica Chastain were named Top Acting honors.

Find the highlights of the event below –

Queen Bey Opens the Oscars 2022 With a BANG

Beyoncé delivered a stunning performance of her first Best Original Song nomination ‘Be Alive’, which was co-written with artist Dixson. The song featured on the soundtrack for the Will Smith starrer ‘King Richard. The singer performed via satellite from a Compton tennis court, and Serena and Venus Williams introduced Beyoncé before her killer performance.

“We are proud to be joined by some very special movie lovers at a place that has played such an important part in our lives,” Venus said. “Our hometown tennis courts in the heart of the beautiful Compton, the vibrant hub of L.A., where we truly came alive as young athletes,” Serena continued as per ABC.

The star performed at the court where the Williams family practiced. This isn’t the first time Queen Bey offered a dazzling performance, she also performed numerous tracks from the Best Song category in 2005. The performance included ‘Learn to be Lonely’ from the feature remake of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’.


Ariana DeBose Is the First Openly Queer Person of Color to Win an Acting Oscar (Best Supporting Actress)

Becoming the second woman to win the best supporting actress Oscar for playing Anita in West Side Story’, exactly 60 years after Rita Moreno won for playing Anita in Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise’s 1961 version of ‘West Side Story’, Ariana DeBose won the Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’.

The actress was up against Jesse Buckley for her role in ‘The Lost Daughter’,  Judi Dench (‘Belfast’), Kirsten Dunst (‘The Power of the Dog’) and Aunjanue Ellis (‘King Richard’) for the Best Supporting Actress award. As per Vanity Fair, in her speech, she described herself as “An openly queer woman of color, an Afro-Latina, who found her strength in life through art. That‘s what I believe we’re here to celebrate. For anyone who has ever questioned your identity, I promise you there is indeed a place for us.”


‘Encanto’  Wins Best Animated Feature

Disney’s ‘Encanto’ has won the Best Animated Feature award at the 94th Academy Awards. The last time Disney won an Oscar in this category was in 2013 for the film ‘Frozen’. ‘Encanto’ beat out fellow nominees ‘Flee’, ‘Luca’, ‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines’, and ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’. The team behind the film – directors Byron Howard and Jared Bush, and producers Yvett Merino, the first Latina nominated and winning in the category, and Clark Spencer accepted the award.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Merino said she was so proud to work on a film that “put beautiful, diverse characters front and center.” The team thanked the people of Colombia and the team at Disney Animation for their support. This was Howard and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ president Spencer’s second Oscar. Both of them previously won the category in 2017 for Disney’s ‘Zootopia’.


Riz Ahmed is the First Muslim to Win the Best Live Action Short Film Award

Riz Ahmed beat out fellow nominees ‘Ala Kachuu – Take and Run’, ‘The Dress’, ‘On My Mind’ and ‘Please Hold’ to win the Best Live Action Short Film award. This is the star’s first Oscar and he also made history as the first Muslim to win in the category. While accepting the award, Ahmed said: “This is for everyone who feels like they’re stuck in No Man’s Land.” “You’re not alone. We’ll meet you there.”


‘The Queen of Basketball’ is Named the Best Documentary Short

Director Ben Proudfoot accepted the award for the documentary short that documents Harris’s unsung accomplishment as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. The award was presented – along with seven other categories – during the Oscar pre-show. “If there is anyone out there that still doubts whether there’s an audience for female athletes, let this Academy Award be the answer,” Proudfoot said from the Oscar stage as per Deadline. “Long live the queen.”


The First-Ever Live Performance of ‘We Don’t Talk Bruno’ is Jaw-Dropping

Top music artists joined the voice cast of ‘Encanto’, who united to perform their hit song ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ at the 94th Academy Awards. It became a multi-week No. 1 pop hit on Billboard. The song also broke the record for the biggest number of primary artists named on a No. 1 Hot 100 single. ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ features Adassa (who voiced Dolores), Stephanie Beatriz (Mirabel), Mauro Castillo (Felix), Carolina Gaitan (Pepa), and Diane Guerrero (Isabela).

They all received top billing on the song and were a part of the first-ever live performance of the track as well. Special guests from the music world joined them too! Luis Fonsi, Becky G, a surprise appearance by rapper Megan Thee Stallion and percussionist Sheila E in the performance was mind-blowing!

On Saturday, Lin Manuel Miranda announced that he would not be able to attend the show. “Made it to Hollywood… This weekend, my wife tested + for COVID,” he tweeted. “She’s doing fine. Kids & I have tested, but out of caution, I won’t be going to the Oscars tomorrow night. Cheering for my TickTickBoom & Encanto families w my own family, alongside all of you, ALL of you.”

‘Encanto’ earned three Oscar nominations this year. One for Miranda for best original song for “Dos Oruguitas”. The other two nods were for the original score and animated feature.

A little before this performance, Stephanie Beatriz introduced Sebastián Yatra for is performance of ‘Dos Oruguitas’.


Troy Kotsur Makes Oscars History

CODA’s Troy Kotsur made history as the first Deaf man to win an Oscar for Acting with his win for Best Supporting Actor in ‘CODA’. Kotsur’s ‘CODA’ costar, Marlee Matlin, was the first Deaf actor to win an Oscar back in 1987. She received the best actress award for ‘Children of a Lesser God’. Kostur, who was visibly emotional, dedicated his win to the deaf and disabled communities. He sent up special thanks to his father, whom he said was “the best signer” in the family and his hero. “This is our moment,” Kotsur said through an interpreter.


‘Drive My Car’ is the Best International Feature Film

The Japanese film ‘Drive My Car’ won the Best International Feature Film award beating fellow nominees ‘Flee’ (Denmark), The Hand of God’ (Italy), ‘Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom’ (Bhutan) and ‘The Worst Person in the World’ (Norway). Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi thanked the actors as well as some of the film’s production companies for “bringing my car to the United States.”


Sian Heder Wins Best Adapted Screenplay

Sian Heder was nominated alongside Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe for Drive My Car’, Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth for ‘Dune’, Maggie Gyllenhaal for ‘The Lost Daughter’ and Jane Campion for ‘The Power of the Dog’ and won the award for the Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars 2022. This is Heder’s first nomination and trophy at the Academy Awards. “I want to thank all of my collaborators in the deaf community and CODA community for being my teachers,” said Heder, who also directed the movie.


Oscars Hold Moment of Silence to Show Support For Ukraine

The 94th Academy Awards included a moment of silence to show support for Ukraine. They also made an appeal for donations. The live telecast featured a screen with a written message that said: “We’d like to have a moment of silence to show our support for the people of Ukraine currently facing invasion, conflict, and prejudice within their own borders.” This followed a performance by Reba McEntire of Somehow You Do.

“We’d like to have a moment of silence to show our support for the people of Ukraine currently facing invasion, conflict, and prejudice within their own borders,” the screen read. “While film is an important avenue for us to express our humanity in times of conflict, the reality is millions of families in Ukraine need food, medical care, clean water, and emergency services. Resources are scarce, and we — collectively as a global community — can do more.”

“We ask you to support Ukraine in any way you are able. #standwithukraine.”

Mila Kunis was born in Ukraine. She introduced McEntire saying: “In such devastation, it’s impossible not to be moved by their resilience. One cannot help but be in awe of those who find the strength to keep fighting through unimaginable darkness,” as per Deadline.


Billie Eilish and Finneas Take the Oscars Stage

The sibling duo, Billie Eilish and Finneas, took the stage at the Dolby Theatre, to perform ‘No Time To Die’ and it was INCREDIBLE! Eilish’s vocals were perfect as usual. Their song has been nominated for Best Original Song this year for the James Bond film ‘No Time To Die’.


‘No Time To Die’ Wins Best Original Song

Billie Eilish and Finneas beat fellow nominees ‘Be Alive’ (‘King Richard’) – Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson, ‘Dos Oruguitas’ (‘Encanto’) – Lin-Manuel Miranda, ‘Down to Joy’ (‘Belfast’) – Van Morrison, and ‘Somehow You Do’ (‘Four Good Days’) – Diane Warren, for the Best Original Song Oscar by winning for the James Bond film ‘No Time to Die’s song of the same name. This is the spy franchise’s third consecutive Academy Award win for music.

Its first win was Adele’s prize for 2012’s ‘Skyfall’ and second Sam Smith’s for ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ from 2015’s ‘Spectre’. The duo wrote the song about three years ago. It was released in 2020 and Billie and Finneas went on to win a Grammy and the Golden Globe. They also became winners of Critics Choice and Society of Composers & Lyricists awards, for ‘No Time to Die’.


Jane Campion Becomes the Third Woman to Win Best Director Award at the Oscars

Following Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker‘) and Chloé Zhao Nomadland‘ who were the first and second women, respectively, to win an Oscar for Directing, Jane Campion has won this year’s best director Oscar for ‘The Power of the Dog’, becoming the third director to win the award. She also wrote the screenplay based on Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel of the same title.

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‘Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised’ Wins Best Documentary Feature

After winning the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary and the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary, ‘Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised’ took home the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. It beat out fellow nominees ‘Ascension’, ‘Attica’, ‘Flee’, and ‘Writing With Fire’.


Will Smith is This Year’s Best Leading Actor

Will Smith has won the Oscar for Best Leading Actor his portrayal of Richard Williams, the father to tennis icons Venus and Serena Williams in the film ‘King Richard’. Smith is only the fifth Black man to win an Oscar for Best Actor. The star now joins Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx and Forest Whitaker.

He was emotional while accepting the award. Smith’s big win came after the ‘King Richard’ star had a heated exchange with the presenter Chris Rock onstage. Rock made a G.I. Jane “jokes” about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. Jada has alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair fall in clumps. There are different types of alopecia. It usually occurs in women aged 30-50.

“Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family, and at this time in my life, at this moment, I am overwhelmed by what God is calling on me to do and be in this world,” Smith said.

He continued, “Making this film I got to protect Aunjanue Ellis, who was one of the strongest, most delicate people I’ve ever met. I got to protect Saniyya [Sidney] and Demi [Singleton], the two actresses who play Venus and Serena. I’m being called on in my life to love people and protect people and be a river to my people. In order to do that, you gotta be able to take abuse— you got to be able to have people talk crazy about you. In this business, you got to be able to have people disrespecting you and you got to smile and you got to pretend like that’s okay.”

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While presenting, Chris Rock made a “joke” about Jada Pinkett Smith. This led to Smith walking onstage and slapping Rock on live television. The actor returned to his seat, but most of the exchange was bleeped out of the live telecast.

“Denzel said to me a few minutes ago, ‘At your highest moment, be careful. That’s when the devil comes for you,’ ” Smith said in his speech, sharing what transpired during the break. “I want to be a vessel for love.”

While accepting his Best Leading Actor award, Smith also used his allotted time to apologize. Though he didn’t apologize to Rock.

“I want to apologize to the Academy. I want to apologize to my fellow nominees,” he said tearfully. “This is a beautiful moment and I’m not crying for winning an award. It’s not about winning an award for me. It’s about being able to shine a light on all of the people like [producers]Tim [White] and Trevor [White], [screenwriter]Zach [Baylin] and Saniyya [Sidney] and Demi [Singleton], the entire cast and crew of King Richard and Venus and Serena Williams the entire Williams family.”

He added, “Art imitates life; I look like the crazy father like they said about Richard Williams, but love will make you do crazy things.”


Jessica Chastain Calls Out ‘Bigoted’ Legislation in Her Best Leading Actress Oscar Acceptance Speech

Jessica Chastain won the Best Leading Actress trophy at this year’s Academy Awards for her portrayal of Tammy Faye in the film ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’. Kristen Stewart (‘Spencer’), Penelope Cruz (‘Parallel Mothers’), Olivia Colman (‘The Lost Daughter’) and Nicole Kidman (‘Being the Ricardos’) were also nominated for the award.

The star who won her first-ever Oscar addressed several issues plaguing the nation while accepting the award. This included “discriminatory and bigoted legislation,” a nod to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill. “We’re faced with discriminatory and bigoted legislation that is sweeping our country with the only goal of further dividing us. There’s violence and hate crimes being perpetuated on innocent civilians all over the world. And in times like this, I think of Tammy and I’m inspired by her radical acts of love,” Chastain said in her speech.

“We’ve talked about love a lot. And I’m inspired by her 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. And for any of you out there who do in fact feel hopeless or alone, I just not you to know you are unconditionally loved for the uniqueness that is you.”

Jessica Chastain also thanked director Michael Showalter. She also included co-star Andrew Garfield and her hair and makeup team in her speech.

“To be included in the conversation with you is such an honor. I have to thank Michael Showalter, my director, who created a space that inspired creativity and love and courage,” Chastain said. “And the incredible hair and makeup team — Linda, Stephanie, Justin — who really helped me find her. Producers Kelly Carmichael, Rachel Shane, G.G. Pritzker, David Greenbaum, Matthew Greenbaum, all of Searchlight for shepherding the film. The brilliant Andrew Garfield. Thank you so much for bringing out the best in me by showing up with the best of you.”


‘CODA’ is the Best Picture at the 94th Academy Awards

‘CODA’ takes home the Best Picture award at this year’s Oscar awards. ‘CODA’ (Child of Deaf Adults) follows Ruby, a 17-year-old who is the only hearing member of the family. She helps her family keep the fishing business afloat but she finds herself torn between pursuing her passion at Berklee College of Music and her fear of abandoning her parents.

Troy Kotsur and Sian Heder won Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay, respectively, for the film. Apple TV+ film ‘CODA’ also made history for becoming the first film distributed by a streaming service to win the Best Picture prize.


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