The 2022 Oscars went down in history and will go down in history for many reasons. Above all, diversity and inclusivity prevailed. The best film was “CODA” by Sian Heder, and it also won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. This is the second year in a row that the most important prize of the evening has been a photograph directed by a woman. Most – six – were awarded to “Dunes” by Denis Villeneuve.
The 2022 Academy Awards will be remembered primarily as a celebration during which the voice of filmmakers resonates. Not only because, for the first time in its history, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) entrusted the ceremony to three remarkable women: Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes. And it paid off, because the ladies created one of the best opening monologues of the past decades, in which they recall, among other things, economic inequality based on gender. “The academy hired three women to host the party this year because it was cheaper than hiring one man anyway,” Schumer said.
Oscars 2022. The Triumph of Diversity and Inclusion
Above all, diversity and inclusion prevailed during the 94th Academy Awards. “CODA” – the first American film to feature a cast dominated by deaf people – won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Director and screenwriter Sian Heder also received the award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Best Supporting Actor was Troy Kotsur, who did a great job on “CODA”. Kotsur also became the second deaf person in history (and the first man) to receive an Academy Award in the acting categories. The first deaf Academy Award winner was Marley Matlin – Academy Award winner for her lead role in the 1986 film Children of the Worse God. Matlin also appeared in Heder, portraying the wife of the character played by Kotsura.
It should be noted that at the decisive moment of the film, Emilia Jones sang “Both Sides Now” – one of the most important songs in the history of American music, composed by the outstanding Joni Mitchell. Mitchell is remembered less and less, as well as for the fact that she paved the way for many women in the music industry, in its many genres.
The Academy has finally decided to honor legendary New Zealand director Jane Campion for directing “Dog’s Claws”. And although it is the only Academy Award out of 12 nominations, it is very significant. Already nominated for directing, Campion earned a place in the pages of the Academy Award-winning story, being the first woman to be nominated twice for directing. For the first time in history, for two consecutive years, women won in the directing category. Last year, she won this category Chloe Zhao – Really Classic – “Nomadland”.
Psie Claws had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival last September, where Campion also won Best Director. Since then, the film has garnered more than 250 awards and more than 300 consecutive nominations.
Ariana Debus, who played Anita in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. DeBose is the first openly quirky actress to be so appreciated by academics. Interestingly, the actress echoed the success of Oscar-winning 1962 legend Rita Moreno for her role as Anita in the first version of West Side Story. – You see an exotic and extroverted Latina woman who has found her strength in life thanks to art. And that’s what we want to celebrate here – confirmed DeBose. She turned to “anyone who has ever questioned their identity or found themselves in the ‘gray’ zone. I assure you of one thing: there really is a place for us.”
Jessica Chastain received the Academy Award for Best Leading Actor for her performance in “The Eyes of Tami Fey.” Best Actor in a Leading Role: Will Smith for King Richard: Victorious Family.
The Academy Award for Best Original Song for the Film went to siblings Billie Eilish and Phineas for “No Time to Die” for the 25th Bond film “Ne Chase Diao.”
Oscars 2022. Gestures of Solidarity with Ukraine
We must not forget that the 94th Academy Awards were held in the shadow of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Some stars supplemented their style with elements denoting the national colors of Ukraine.
The Academy itself expressed its support for the Ukrainian nation. A message was shown calling on everyone to help the Ukrainians who are fighting for freedom in every possible way. “We ask for a moment of silence to show support for the Ukrainian people who are facing invasion, conflict and prejudice from their brethren. While the film is an important tool for us to show our humanity in times of conflict, the truth is that millions of Ukrainian families need food, health care, clean water and emergency services. Resources limited and we can – together as an international community – do more. We ask you to support Ukraine in any way possible. #StandWithUkraine”- this was the content of the appeal.
Francis Ford Coppola, who appeared on stage in the company of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of the first part of “The Godfather”, ended his speech with the words: “Long live Ukraine!”.
Oscar 2022. The movie “Dune” with six awards
The new adaptation of Frank Hebert’s novel “Dune” by writer Denis Villeneuve earned the most Academy Awards this year, with six. Filmmakers Awarded: Best Music (Hans Zimmer), Best Sound (Mac Roth, Mark A. Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill, Ron Bartlett), Special Effects (Paul Lambert, Tristan Miles, Brian Connor, Gerd Nevesr), Set Design (Patrice Vermitt, Zsuzana Sibus), Editing (Joe Walker) and Photography (Greg Fraser).
Although this year’s shortlist included two Polish accents, neither Janusz Kaminski (the cinematography nominee for “West Side Story”) nor the creators of the feature short “The Dress” won a statuette in the end.
Oscars 2022. Scratch on the glass
Some kind of scratch on the glass of a very successful party was the incident involving Chris Rock and will Smith. “Will Smith hits his face with an open hand to Oscar nominee Chris Rock, then yells expletives at Rock as he mocks Jada Pinkett Smith’s looks,” Reuters news agency wrote.
Rock joked about Smith’s hairstyle in reference to the movie “GI Jane” in which Demi Moore appeared with her head shaved. Jada Pinkett Smith has been suffering from alopecia areata for years.
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Oscars 2022 – results. The full list of winners
the best movie “Coda”
best director Jane Campion “The Dog’s Paw”
Best Actor in a Leading Role Will Smith “King Richard: A Victorious Family”
Best Actress in a Leading Role Jessica Chastain “Eyes of Tammy Faye”
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Troy Kotsur “Coda”
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Ariana Debus “West Side Story”
Best Pictures: Greg Fraser “Dion”
Best Full-length International Film: “Drive My Car” Japan
Best Animated Short Film: windshield wiper
best fashion: “Cruella”
Best Short Feature Film: “A long goodbye”
Best movie music “Dune”
best sound “Dune”
Best Adapted Screenplay Sian Header “CODA”
Best Original Screenplay Kenneth Branagh “Belfast”
Best Full-length Animated Film: “Encanto enchant us”
Best Documentary “Summer of the Soul”
Best Documentary Short Film: “Queen of Basketball”
Best montage: “Dune”
Best makeup: “Tami Fay’s Eyes”
Best Scenography: “Dune”
the best song: No Time to Die from No Time to Die
Main image source: PAP / EPA / ETIENNE LAURENT
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