'Coda' wins the Oscar in a streaming breakthrough, but Will Smith steals the show
Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best picture: "CODA"Hide Caption 1 of 23 Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best actress: Jessica Chastain, "The Eyes of Tammy Faye"Hide Caption 2 of 23 Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best actor: Will Smith, "King Richard"Hide Caption 3 of 23 Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best director: Jane Campion, right, "The Power of the Dog"Hide Caption 4 of 23 Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best supporting actress: Ariana DeBose, "West Side Story"Hide Caption 5 of 23 Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best supporting actor: Troy Kotsur, "CODA"Hide Caption 6 of 23 Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best original screenplay: "Belfast"Hide Caption 7 of 23 Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best adapted screenplay: "CODA"Hide Caption 8 of 23 Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best animated feature film: "Encanto"Hide Caption 9 of 23 Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best animated short film: "The Windshield Wiper"Hide Caption 10 of 23 Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best live action short film: "The Long Goodbye"Hide Caption 11 of 23 Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best international feature film: "Drive My Car" (Japan)Hide Caption 12 of 23 Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best production design: "Dune"Hide Caption 13 of 23 Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best costume design: "Cruella"Hide Caption 14 of 23 Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best makeup and hairstyling: "The Eyes of Tammy Faye"Hide Caption 15 of 23 Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best cinematography: "Dune"Hide Caption 16 of 23 Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best original song: "No Time to Die" performed by Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell for the film "No Time to Die"Hide Caption 17 of 23 Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best original score: "Dune"Hide Caption 18 of 23 Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best documentary feature: "Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)"Hide Caption 19 of 23 Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best documentary, short subject: "The Queen of Basketball"Hide Caption 20 of 23 Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best sound: "Dune"Hide Caption 21 of 23 Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best film editing: "Dune"Hide Caption 22 of 23 Photos: Oscars winners 2022Best visual effects: "Dune"Hide Caption 23 of 23 (CNN)"Coda" won best picture, but that historic breakthrough for streaming service Apple TV+ at the Oscars was overshadowed by one spontaneous act, as Will Smith delivered a viral moment that will be remembered and talked about for years.
The most memorable exchange on the film industry's biggest night wasn't the kind anyone would have anticipated or wanted. Before winning his Oscar for "King Richard," Smith seemed upset about a joke that Chris Rock told about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, marching to the stage and appearing strike him across the face. Rock looked genuinely stunned, while Smith returned to his seat, shouting at Rock in words that were bleeped out.Wiping away tears, Smith during his acceptance speech referenced that the character he played, Richard Williams, protected his family, then said, without specifically mentioning Rock or what happened, "I want to apologize to the Academy. I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees." He added, "Love will make you do crazy things." Photos: The 2022 Academy AwardsWill Smith hits comedian Chris Rock on stage before Rock presented the Oscar for best documentary feature on Sunday, March 27. Rock had made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith's shaved head, which did not appear to go over well with her husband. Pinkett Smith has been open about her struggle with alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that leads to hair loss.Hide Caption 1 of 22 Photos: The 2022 Academy AwardsFrom left, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta re-enact a bit from their film "Pulp Fiction" before presenting the Oscar for best actor.Hide Caption 2 of 22 Photos: The 2022 Academy AwardsFrom left, Al Pacino, Francis Ford Coppola and Robert De Niro appear on stage for the 50th anniversary of the movie "The Godfather."Hide Caption 3 of 22 Photos: The 2022 Academy AwardsBillie Eilish and her brother, Finneas O'Connell, react after winning the Oscar for best original song ("No Time to Die").Hide Caption 4 of 22 Photos: The 2022 Academy AwardsThe late Betty White is honored during the traditional In Memoriam segment.Hide Caption 5 of 22 Photos: The 2022 Academy AwardsCo-hosts Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes perform as Spider-Man and Richard Williams during the show.Hide Caption 6 of 22 Photos: The 2022 Academy AwardsEilish performs her Oscar-winning song "No Time To Die" from the James Bond film of the same name. She was joined by her brother Finneas.Hide Caption 7 of 22 Photos: The 2022 Academy AwardsArtists perform the popular song "We Don't Talk About Bruno" from the Oscar-winning film "Encanto." The performance featured surprise cameos from Megan Thee Stallion and Becky G.Hide Caption 8 of 22 Photos: The 2022 Academy AwardsTroy Kotsur gives an emotional acceptance speech after winning the best supporting actor Oscar. Kotsur, who won for his role in "CODA," is the first deaf performer to win an Academy Award in this category.Hide Caption 9 of 22 Photos: The 2022 Academy AwardsA message shows support for Ukraine after a performance by Reba McEntire.Hide Caption 10 of 22 Photos: The 2022 Academy AwardsMcEntire performs the Oscar-nominated song "Somehow You Do" from the movie "Four Good Days."Hide Caption 11 of 22 Photos: The 2022 Academy AwardsRyusuke Hamaguchi, director of "Drive My Car," celebrates after winning the Oscar for best international feature film.Hide Caption 12 of 22 Photos: The 2022 Academy AwardsSebastián Yatra performs "Dos Oruguitas," the Oscar-nominated song from the animated film "Encanto."Hide Caption 13 of 22 Photos: The 2022 Academy AwardsCo-host Regina Hall frisks Josh Brolin before he and Jason Momoa presented an award.Hide Caption 14 of 22 Photos: The 2022 Academy AwardsKenneth Branagh accepts the Oscar for best original screenplay ("Belfast"). It is his first Oscar.Hide Caption 15 of 22 Photos: The 2022 Academy AwardsJacob Elordi and Rachel Zegler present an award during the show. There was a backlash earlier this month when Zegler, the star of "West Side Story," shared that she hadn't been invited to the show. "I never thought that I would be here six days ago," she joked. "We did it. Dreams really can come true, pretty fast, too."Hide Caption 16 of 22 Photos: The 2022 Academy AwardsAriana DeBose accepts the Oscar for best supporting actress. DeBose won for her role in the musical "West Side Story." She is the first openly queer woman of color to win in this category. "For anyone who has ever questioned their identity, there is indeed a place for us," she said.Hide Caption 17 of 22 Photos: The 2022 Academy AwardsHall flirts on stage with, from left, Simu Liu, Bradley Cooper, Tyler Perry and Timothée Chalamet. She had joked earlier in the show about how she was single.Hide Caption 18 of 22 Photos: The 2022 Academy AwardsSchumer appears on stage at the Dolby Theatre. She roasted many celebrities during an opening monologue.Hide Caption 19 of 22 Photos: The 2022 Academy AwardsRosie Perez presents Greig Fraser with the best cinematography Oscar for "Dune." The sci-fi movie dominated many of the technical categories on Sunday night, including best sound, best film editing and best visual effects.Hide Caption 20 of 22 Photos: The 2022 Academy AwardsFrom left, Schumer, Sykes and Hall open the show. "This year the Academy hired three women to host because it's cheaper than hiring one man," Schumer joked.Hide Caption 21 of 22 Photos: The 2022 Academy AwardsThe show's broadcast opened with Beyonce performing the Oscar-nominated song "Be Alive" from the movie "King Richard."Hide Caption 22 of 22The best-picture suspense between two streaming nominees perceived as frontrunners lasted throughout the night. "Coda's" Sian Heder won for best adapted screenplay, but "The Power of the Dog's" Jane Campion, the first woman to be nominated twice as best director, later became the third woman ever to claim that prize. (Heder was overlooked in that balloting.)Based on results from other awards leading up to the Oscars, this was already viewed as a landmark year for streaming services, which, led by Netflix, have steadily chipped away at industry resistance to seeing them as full competitors with major studio releases.Read MoreFor all its hard work, though, Netflix didn't catch the bouquet, as voters went with Apple's more uplifting story, about the hearing child of deaf parents. Including this year's contenders "The Power of the Dog" and "Don't Look Up," seven Netflix movies have now been nominated for best picture, but thus far none have won.The global pandemic, which forced the entire entertainment industry into streaming mode for a time, has helped hasten streaming's acceptance, with last year's winner, "Nomadland," having been directed to a rival streamer, Hulu.Jessica Chastain won the Oscar for best actress on Sunday.In addition to Smith, Jessica Chastain nabbed her first Oscar for "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," playing Tammy Faye Bakker, which was also recognized for makeup and hairstyling.In her acceptance Chastain spoke of "discriminatory and bigoted legislation that is sweeping our country" against the LGBTQ community, citing Bakker's compassion toward those groups, which was depicted in the film.With a third of the Oscars being handed out before the live telecast officially began, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bet that people would watch the 94th annual Academy Awards as much to be entertained as to find out who wins what.The Academy, which presents the awards, implemented a controversial plan to hand out awards in eight categories prior to the main telecast, then edit those selections into the show. Despite that decision, the telecast still ran more than 3 ½ hours. The other big winner of the night was the science-fiction epic "Dune." Dominating the technical categories, the Warner Bros. film claimed six Oscars for sound, film editing, production design, cinematography, visual effects, and Hans Zimmer's musical score. It was the prolific composer's second win out of a dozen nominations, the first coming for "The Lion King" in 1995. (CNN and Warner Bros. are both part of WarnerMedia.)The televised show underscored the emphasis on bringing more entertainment into the telecast, opening with Beyoncé performing the nominated song from "King Richard" outside the venue, before turning it over to hosts Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes, who gently roasted some of the nominees ("House of Gucci" was referred to as "House of Random Accents") and taking aim at Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill, promising, "We're gonna have a gay night." Sykes later directed a joke at Texas over its voter-registration laws.Disney's "Encanto" was honored as best animated movie. Although the film performed reasonably well in theaters, it (and its music) appeared to particularly catch on after making its debut on the studio's streaming service, Disney+, symbolic of a year viewed as streaming's awards coming-out party.Supporting actress and actor represented perhaps the night's least-suspenseful selections, but were among the most emotional, with Ariana DeBose and Troy Kotsur winning for Steven Spielberg's remake of "West Side Story" and "Coda," respectively. Kotsur becomes only the second deaf actor to be honored, following his co-star Marlee Matlin, who was recognized for "Children of a Lesser God" in 1987.After thanking Spielberg and co-star Rita Moreno (who originally played the role), DeBose spoke of being a queer Afro-Latina woman, quoting the movie in saying to those who might be questioning how they fit in, "There is indeed a place for us."Questlove tearfully accepted an Oscar for his documentary "Summer of Soul," and Japan's "Drive My Car" earned best international film, with the three-hour drama having garnered a best-picture nomination as well.Kenneth Branagh, an eight-time nominee in various categories, received his first Oscar for writing "Belfast," the deeply personal look at his homeland that he also directed and produced.Although the Grammys and Tonys employ a similar format in time-shifting awards, many Academy members have complained about the perceived slight to those nominees. Nevertheless, there was a heightened sense of urgency to streamline the presentation after the Oscars slumped to record-low ratings last year, as did many major award shows.The switch only saved a bit of time, which was used on lavish musical numbers -- including a colorful rendition of "Encanto's" song "We Don't Talk About Bruno" -- comedy bits like dropping Schumer from the rafters dressed as Spider-Man, and showcasing "fan favorites" as unscientifically voted on via Twitter.The broadcast also incorporated its share of nostalgia, including a 60th-anniversary James Bond movie tribute, cast reunions from "White Men Can't Jump," "Juno" and "Pulp Fiction," and a 50th-anniversary celebration of "The Godfather," bringing director Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro out for a standing ovation.The latest Bond film, "No Time to Die," garnered best song for Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell, one of the few awards handed out to a box-office blockbuster, as the industry increasingly splits between popular and prestige fare.Click Here To Get Funded!