Oscars 2022 Highlights: CODA wins Best Picture; Will Smith & Chris Rock get into an altercation
In a "pleasantly surprise" win of the night, CODA took home the coveted Oscar for Best Picture, as a heartfelt acceptance speech followed thereafter. And that's all folks from Hollywood's biggest night; Oscars 2022!
Jessica Chastain is officially an Oscar winner as she took home her first Academy Award for playing Tammy Faye in The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Jessica shed light on suicide prevention and several causes during her uplifting acceptance speech and even gave a shoutout to Tammy and the other Best Actress nominees.
Receiving his first Oscar along with a deserved standing ovation, Will Smith was left teary-eyed as his emotional acceptance speech was all about loving your family.
Jane Campion wins her second Oscar ever, as she deservedly takes home the Academy Award for Best Direction for The Power of the Dog. Jane couldn't help herself from calling Kevin Costner's tribute to directors in general, "very dramatic."
The Godfather franchise and Pulp Fiction, along with the James Bond franchise, received befitting tributes at Oscars 2022. Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Francis Ford Coppola received a standing ovation as the Oscar-winning director spoke fondly of his iconic movie. On the other hand, John Travolta and Uma Thurman had their dancing shoes on alongside Samuel L. Jackson, who also received a standing ovation, as they took a hilarious trip down memory lane when it came to their pop culture influential movie. Moreover, Dune won its sixth Oscar for Best Production Design while The Eyes of Tammy Faye took home the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
During the In Memoriam segment at Oscars 2022, tributes were paid in a choir performance to those departed, including Sidney Poitier, Betty White and Ivan Reitman, who received heartfelt tributes from Tyler Perry, Jamie Lee Curtis (with the cutest puppy!) and Bill Murray.
Grammy-winning sister-brother duo Billie Eilish and Finneas can now add the feather of "Oscar winners" to their heavy hat as the siblings took home the Academy Award (their first!) for Best Original Song for No Time To Die from No Time To Die. Moreover, Billie delivered a soulful rendition of the Billboard Hot 100 number.
As Chris Rock cracked a "G.I. Jane 2" joke at Jada Pinkett Smith's expense, Will Smith walked on stage and punched Chris in the face. While it may have seemed like a stunt, Will's anger proved way too real as he yelled at Chris to "keep my wife's name out of your f*****g mouth."
Dune is on an epic roller coaster ride as the Denis Villeneuve directorial won its fifth Oscar with Joe Walker's Academy Award win for Film Editing. On the other hand, Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) took home the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature as Questlove humbly accepted the Oscar, tearfully thanking his parents.
Kenneth Branagh and Siân Heder took home their first Oscar each for Best Original Screenplay for Belfast and Best Adapted Screenplay for CODA. Moreover, Hans Zimmer won Dune another Oscar (fourth!) for Best Original Score. Hans Zimmer is currently in Amsterdam in a bathrobe as he hilariously tweeted, "It's 2am in Amsterdam, and my daughter Zoë woke me up to go to the hotel bar. Wow!! #Oscars"
Grammy-nominated band BTS - RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook - had a surprise spot at Oscars 2022 as the septet revealed their favourite musical movies. ChimChim enthusiastically said Coco while Namjoon praised that the animated film was "a real masterpiece," having watched it three times and, crying a lot, as Jimin quipped he didn't cry. While Taehyung believed Pixar to be "truly unbelievable," Hobi shared, "Overall, I like Disney movies." Jin added, "Disney movies stimulate emotions well." J-Hope further disclosed that he "really liked Aladdin" as RM concluded, "Shout out to Will Smith, Aladdin!"
As Mila Kunis spoke in solidarity with Ukraine and Oscars 2022 showed their support to the country as well, Reba McEntire performed Four Good Day's Oscar-nominated track Somehow You Do. On the other hand, Becky G, Luis Fonsi and Encanto's cast absolutely killed it with a vibrant performance of Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 song We Don't Talk About Bruno. As a surprise package, Megan Thee Stallion joined the cast with an epic rap verse, including a Zendaya name-drop!
Drive My Car, Japan's Oscars 2022 entry, took home the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film, as Ryusuke Hamaguchi accepted the award. Ryusuke Hamaguchi's speech was interrupted twice with the closing bell, but he nevertheless and humbly went on to thank the entire Drive My Car team, including the talented cast.
Youn Yuh Jung, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Minari last year, took to the stage and bestowed Troy Kotsur with the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his soul-stirring performance in CODA as Frank Rossi. Before verbally announcing the winner, Youn Yuh Jung won hearts by signing Troy Kotsur as the winner. Troy signed an emotional acceptance speech, which left everyone in tears.
Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead shockingly beat Spider-Man: No Way Home in Oscar's new category - Fan Favorite Movie. The Windshield Wiper takes home an Oscar for Best Short Film (Animated).