The Oscar ceremony sought to win back audiences after years of declining ratings. Will Smith will no doubt have provided the buzz. While comedian Chris Rock had just made a joke that his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, suffers from alopecia, the American actor stood up and slapped him in front of the speechless spectators.
Both cast and viewers initially thought it was staged, but when he took the stage almost an hour later to pick up Oscar for best male lead, Will Smith left no doubt about the spontaneity of his gesture.
“I would like to apologize to the Academy” of the Oscars, launched in tears the actor. “Love makes you do crazy things”, said Will Smith after receiving his statuette. He was rewarded for his role in Williams methodwhere he plays coach father of tennis champions Serena and Venus Williams. “Richard Williams was a tough defender of his family”he launched in the form of a confession.
The ceremony was also marked by the coronation of CODAremake of the French film The Aries familywho especially won the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
By receiving the sovereign award of the Oscars, CODAa low-budget film about the complicated life of a deaf family and their hearing daughter, defied the odds and left many competing heavyweights in the dust.
This win enables Apple TV + to become the first streaming platform to win an Oscar for Best Feature Film, the flagship category. Director Sian Heder also won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and actor Troy Kotsur, deaf from birth, won Best Male Supporting Role.
New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion won an Oscar for Best Director The power of the dog, which was nominated in twelve categories. She becomes the third woman in history to receive this prestigious award, just one year after Chloé Zhao, for Nomadeland. The pioneer was Kathryn Bigelow, for Minesweepersin 2010. Jane Campion had already in 1994 been awarded an Oscar for the best scenario adapted to The piano lessons.
Jessica Chastain Best Actress
American Jessica Chastain wins an Oscar for best female lead In Tammy Faye’s eyes and his role as a TV player with a big heart and a scandalous makeup. The 45-year-old actress had previously been a failed Oscar nominee twice, first for The color of emotionsthen for Zero Dark Thirty. She finally won Sunday in a close competition against four other stars, Penélope Cruz (Parallel Madras), Kristen Stewart (spencer), Nicole Kidman (To be Ricardo’s) and Olivia Colman (The prodigal daughter).
West Side Story, Steven Spielberg’s remake, has to settle for Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for American Ariana DeBose. As a 31-year-old, she succeeds 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. She asserted herself on stage as an Afro-Latino and queer. “To anyone who questions their identity and who is in the gray zone, I promise you there is a place for us”claimed Ariana DeBose on stage, in a reference to the song by West Side Story, Somewhere (there is a place for us).
Dunesthe science fiction film by Denis Villeneuve, which was not nominated in any major category, won four Technical Oscars, including special effects.
Finally, Drive my cara three-hour river feature film by Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, won the Oscar for Best International Film.
The ceremony dedicated a minute of silence to the war in Ukraine and called for support for Ukrainians.
- Best movie: CODA
- Best Instructor: Jane Campion, The power of the dog
- Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, In Tammy Faye’s eyes
- Best Actor: Will Smith Williams method
- Best Supporting Actor: Troy Kotsur, CODA
- Best Supporting Actress: Ariana DeBose, West Side Story
- Best International Film: Drive my car (Japan)
- Best animated film: Encanto
- Best Documentary: the summer of the soul
- Best Original Manuscript: Belfast
- Best Custom Manuscript: CODA
- Best song: No time to die, by Billie Eilish
- Best sound: Dunes (Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett)
- Best Editing: Dunes (Joe Walker)
- Best Original Score: Dunes (Hans Zimmer)
- Best decor: Dunes
- Best makeup and hairstyles: In Tammy Faye’s eyes (Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh)
- Best animated short film: The windshield wiper (Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez)
- Best Short Documentary: The queen of basketball (Ben Proudfoot)
- Best short fiction film: The long goodbye (Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed)