“CODA” triumphs at the Oscars, Will Smith wins but strikes

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 actor Will Smith hit comedian Chris Rock, after a joke about his spouse.

A dramatic comedy full of optimism adapted from the French hit “La Famille Bélier”, “CODA” is a small independent film ($ 15 million budget), which was considered Tom Thumb at the beginning 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.

“I do not think it’s a miracle. The film deserves to be where it is in this period in which we live. It’s an important film, a film that does good, that touches people and brings them together with its human values. “, had declared to AFP the producer of” CODA “, the Frenchman Philippe Rousselet, who 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 society 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.

Its director Jane Campion nonetheless was honored by the Academy Awards, 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 in the midst of the Northern Ireland violence of the late 1960s, had to settle for the Oscar for best original screenplay.

The magnificent space opera “Dune” by Denis Villeneuve excelled in no less than six technical categories (sound, special effects, photography, etc.).

– Hand games –

It’s 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 want to apologize to the Academy” by the Oscars, launched the actor in tears that 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.

When Will Smith returned to the stage to receive his award, he held back tears and paralyzed “people who do not respect you.” “Love makes you do crazy things,” the actor pleaded.

In a laconic response that did not explicitly mention the incident, the Oscar academy only stressed that it “does not tolerate any form of violence at all”.

Los Angeles police, for their part, said they were “aware of an incident between two people” during the ceremony, but indicated that the victim had “refused to file a complaint” without mentioning any names.

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.”

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.

– Support for Ukraine –

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 facing an 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 sporting debut. But it was the young Billie Eilish who won the Oscar for best song for “No Time To Die”, the title of the latest 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.

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