As anticipated by the most recent predictions, it is CODAof Sian Heder, who on Sunday won the Oscar for best film under the beard of the power of the dog, by Jane Campion, one of my favorites for a long time. “Redo” feel good » French success the aries family, CODA recounts the tribulations of a young woman who is the only hearing person in her family. This is the first time the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has honored a production featuring a majority deaf cast in this way. Another page of history: the first director to be nominated twice in this category, Jane Campion won the Oscar for best direction. Dune, by Denis Villeneuve, walked away with the most Oscars, six. What we’ll probably remember from this 94th ceremony, though, is Will Smith taking the stage to punch Chris Rock in the face.
During his presentation, the latter joked at the expense of some celebrities sitting on the floor, including Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith’s wife, who wore a magnificent shaved head (the actress revealed in 2021 that she suffers from alopecia). “I can’t wait to see you in gi-jane 2Jada,” Chris Rock said. Which literally made Will Smith jump. After beating him, Will Smith insulted a visibly stunned Chris Rock from his seat. Moved to tears, Will Smith later won the Academy Award for Best Actor for king richardwhere he plays the father of Venus and Serena Williams.
Will Smith’s gesture on video:
Will Smith slapped Chris Rock in the middle of the Oscars last night?
Chris Rock has made fun of Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss, who suffers from alopecia. “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth,” the actor yelled. pic.twitter.com/DyRA3I0Gjr
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However, the evening had started well enough, with a fabulous musical performance by Beyoncé. Co-hosts Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes provided an opening number with sometimes funny, sometimes laborious banter. The “gay, gay, gay!!! served in chorus to the Governor of Florida galvanized the room. Then a second (!) opening number saw Amy Schumer serve up a very well-made comedienne to the audience, joking that she hadn’t seen any of the competing films: a satirical echo of a sad reality. A genuine moment of hilarity, shortly after, when Regina Hall came to parody health protocols by offering to try out some gorgeous cast actors behind the scenes.
Overall, the three hosts did a great job, striking the right balance between the humorous, the political, and the social.
Following the tradition
The ceremony was rich in emotional moments, such as Ariana DeBose’s vibrant speech when she received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for West Side Story. With emotion, he evoked his belonging to the Latino and LGBTQ community, and how such an award shows that there is a place, the cinema, where all people from different margins can feel in their place. The LGBTQ issue came up often, especially when Jessica Chastain, Oscar winner for best actress for Tammy Faye’s eyesIn turn, he denounced politicians fond of homophobic laws “who seek to divide us.”
Impossible, furthermore, not to have the emotion when Troy Kotsur went to collect the Oscar for best supporting actor for CODA. One of the original voices from the animated film. CharmFor his part, actor and comedian John Leguizamo recalled the Mexican origins of Oscar, the golden statuette, which would once have been modeled in the image of Emilio Fernández, a young actor who later became a director and producer.
Another highlight: this sober minute of silence for Ukraine accompanied by a message inviting donations for the besieged population. Having fortunately ruled out the idea of involving the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, the Academy made the right decision. Flanked by Robert De Niro and Al Pacino to celebrate 50 years of his masterpiece The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola launched “Long live Ukraine! “.
Otherwise, the format of the ceremony has remained more or less in the august tradition, with its mismatched suit presentations, its long intermittent restlessness, its musical numbers that we like or could do without. …
For those who appreciate long-standing ceremony, including the vices and virtues, it gave off an almost comforting “old-fashioned” side. Even Will Smith’s gimmick came to provide that extra scandal that we’ll remember for a long time.