Cinema – Will Smith beats Oscar champion

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The movie “CODA” won the Oscar for best feature film on Sunday night, after an evening marked by a slap from Will Smith, also an Oscar for best actor, on Chris Rock.

The “CODA” film crew on stage March 27, 2022 in Los Angeles.

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The movie “CODA” and its deaf actors won at the Oscars on Sunday, clapped in sign language by tonight’s guests, who, however, remained shocked when Will Smith hit comedian Chris Rock, after a joke about his wife. A comedy-drama full of optimism adapted from the French hit “La Famille Bélier”, “CODA” is a small independent film ($ 15 million budget) that resembled Tom Thumb at the start of the awards season.

But since it was unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2021, the film, which follows a high school student split between the passion she discovers for singing and her deaf family, who depend on her to communicate with the hearing world, has captured all the season prizes one after the other. His victory is also Apple TV +, which will be the first streaming platform to win Oscars in the flagship category for best feature film.

This week, “CODA” had for the first time surpassed the big favorite “The Power of the Dog” in the Hollywood experts’ forecasts, a forecast which was confirmed on Sunday. “But I do not think it’s a miracle. The film deserves to be where it is during this period in which we live. It is an important film, a film that does good, that touches people and brings them together with its human values ​​”, had told AFP that the producer of” CODA “, the Frenchman Philippe Rousselet, did not yet dare to consider a victory.

“CODA” was also awarded in the category of best male supporting role with Troy Kotsur, deaf actor from birth, who dedicated his victory to the “community for the deaf and disabled”, and with an Oscar for best screenplay adapted director Sian Heder.

For its part, “The Power of the Dog,” a Netflix movie, was almost left with its tail between its legs despite a dozen nominations. Dark and psychological western about men who do not assume their sexuality or their feelings, but it still had a long time favorite character. However, its director Jane Campion was honored by the Oscars Academy, becoming the third woman to be awarded in this category, just one year after Chloé Zhao.

“Belfast”, a black and white evocation of Kenneth Branagh’s childhood (Oscar for Best Original Screenplay on Sunday) in the midst of violence in Northern Ireland in the late 1960s, had to settle for Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

The magnificent space opera “Dune” by Denis Villeneuve excelled in several technical categories (sound, special effects, photography, etc.).

Hand games

It is the always very popular Will Smith who won the Oscar for best male lead for “The Williams Method,” in which he plays the father of tennis champions Serena and Venus Williams.

“I would like to apologize to the Academy” for the Oscars, the actor said in tears as he came to receive his award. Beforehand, he had caused a moment of astonishment in the room after going on stage, apparently furious, to give the comedian Chris Rock, who had just made a joke about his wife’s shaved head. Jada Pinkett Smith has alopecia, severe hair loss.

The audience was not sure at the time whether this was a real-life incident or a sequence of scripts, but Will Smith held back tears and blew “people who do not respect you” on stage. “Love makes you do crazy things,” the actor pleaded after discussing his character’s role as “protector of the family” in “The Williams Method.”

On the acting side, Jessica Chastain won for “In the Eyes of Tammy Faye” and her role as a television star with a big heart and outrageous makeup, after two failed nominations for “The Color of Feelings” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”

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Best Original Manuscript:

Best Original Screenplay: “Belfast” by Kenneth Branagh

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Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s film, “Summer of Soul”, voted best documentary.

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“Encanto”, by Disney, best animated film.

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Often criticized for their lack of diversity, the Oscars this year also rewarded Ariana DeBose, an actress who defines herself as “Afro-Latina” and queer, for her role as Anita in the remake of “West Side Story” by Steven Spielberg.

The 31-year-old actress succeeds the legendary Rita Moreno, a native like her from Puerto Rico who had already received an Oscar in 1962 for the role of Anita in the original version of the film. “I’m so grateful to you, your Anita paved the way for thousands of Anitas like me,” she said to the 90-year-old star who clapped for her in space.

momentary silence

The organizers of the Oscar ceremony took advantage of an advertising break during the ceremony to show a message calling for “a minute of silence to show our support for the Ukrainian people who are currently under invasion”.

Among the stars returning to the Hollywood red carpet after a two-year pandemic, some like Jamie Lee Curtis or Samuel L. Jackson had added a blue ribbon to their tuxedo or formal evening gowns expressing their solidarity with the civilians driven out. the conflicts. Jason Momoa wore on stage a blue and yellow cover in the colors of Ukraine.

The gala evening was opened by the Williams sisters and a spectacular performance by Beyoncé, live from a tennis court in Los Angeles, where the champions had made their sports debut. But it was the young Billie Eilish who won the Oscar for best song for “No Time To Die,” the title of the last James Bond.

Disney, the world number one in entertainment, added another Oscar to its collection with the victory of “Encanto, the amazing Madrigal family”, a celebration of Colombia, its culture and its traditions, which won the award for best animated film.

No Oscar for the Swiss short film “Ala Kachuu”
The film “Ala Kachuu” by the German-Swiss director Maria Brendle, nominated for an Oscar in the short film category, did not win an award on Sunday in Hollywood. The statuette returned to “The Long Goodbye” by British director Aneil Karia. Maria Brendle tells for 38 minutes in “Ala Kachuu”, whose title means “pack the suitcase and run away”, a bride’s escape to Kyrgyzstan. About 12,000 women fall victim to this custom each year.

(AFP)

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