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2022 Academy Award Winners

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2022 3:33 PM

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The Oscars award ceremony was held Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood, and was televised live on ABC.

The nominations for the 94th annual Academy Awards were announced Tuesday, February 8, 2022 by actor-comedian Leslie Jordan and actor-producer Tracee Ellis Ross. It was live-streamed on Oscar.com and YouTube and broadcast on ABC during the Good Morning America television show.

This year's ceremony was hosted by Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes. While they did a serviceable job of it, I'm not sure that they bolstered the case for continuing to have hosts at all. Ceremony producer was quoted in a press release announcing the hosts as saying "This year’s show is all about uniting movie lovers. It's apropos that we’ve lined up three of the most dynamic, hilarious women with very different comedic styles." Comedy is subjective, however, so there's that.

"The Slap"

It's difficult to mention this year's ceremony without mentioning "the slap." Actor Will Smith took exception to comedian Chris Rock's stage bit when he made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith. He approached Rock on-stage and slapped him, and retook his seat while continuing to make remarks that were bleeped by the broadcaster.

Much has been written about it since, and interested readers may find how it all plays out elsewhere. However, I will say that the incident overshadowed Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) winning for Best Documentary (the category that Chris Rock was presenting), Smith's win for Best Actor, and basically everything else having to do with the Oscars.

When it happened, it was difficult to tell at first whether or not it was part of the sketch. Cynics are theorizing that it was scripted. Plenty of people are chiming in as to whether Smith was justified, whether his actions helped his wife in any way, and whether Rock deserved it.

I will only say that violence seldom solves things to the degree the one inflicting it desires. In the words of Benedict Cumberbatch's character Alan Turing in the Oscar-winning The Imitation Game:

Do you know why people like violence? It is because it feels good. Humans find violence deeply satisfying. But remove the satisfaction, and the act becomes... hollow.

Smith could have taken a cue from the movie for which he was nominated, King Richard, when his character's wife walks across the street to have a word with a nosy neighbor. She issues a pleasant, but unmistakable, threat to the neighbor, "Don't make me come over here again." Smith could have gone up to Chris Rock, whispered anything to him so that no one else heard. It would have gotten his point across, he would have maintained his dignity and that of his wife, and everyone watching would have filled in the blanks with whatever they would have said or wanted to say in that situation.

But he didn't, so now Will Smith will have this follow him around, others in his sphere of influence and conflation will have to deal with it, and the 94th Oscars will forever be about "the slap."

This is unfortunate, because many wonderful things happened that night.

History was made when a deaf actor won Best Supporting Actor, a woman won Best Director for the second year in a row, and an openly queer woman of color and Afro Latina won for acting. For an organization that has suffered from diversity issues, these were notable.

Additionally, the exchange between Lady Gaga and Liza Minelli during the presentation of Best Picture was very sweet.

Perhaps, in time, we will remember those things more than one man's ill-conceived emotional actions.

In Memoriam, as a Song and Dance Number

The "In Memoriam" segment was always a favorite of mine. It is a chance to reflect on the past year and the significant figures in movie history that are no longer with us. At one time, it was a poignant slideshow with appropriate music and reminders via photos and/or clips to show what that person achieved and was known for.

Each year, the Academy seems determined to destroy my affinity for this segment. This year, they had a photo slideshow playing behind a song and dance group (seriously). They did pause in order to provide special recognition of Sidney Poitier, Ivan Reitman, and Betty White, but that couldn't erase the poor taste shown by having a dance troupe singing "Spirit in the Sky." Please Academy, never turn this segment into a song and dance number again.

How to Watch the Winners and Nominees

Some of these movies are playing in theaters, while many have already made it to home video. Being nominated usually causes some of them to make a return appearance in theaters, and winning usually causes a return engagement for at least the top-line award winners. Head over to the Academy Award® Winners and Nominees page to see where and when they're playing!

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Academy Award Winners - By Category

Performance by an actress in a leading role

The Eyes of Tammy FayeJessica Chastain in The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

West Side StoryAriana DeBose in West Side Story

Performance by an actor in a leading role

King RichardWill Smith in King Richard

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

CODATroy Kotsur in CODA

Best animated feature film of the year

EncantoEncanto Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino and Clark Spencer

Achievement in cinematography

DuneDune Greig Fraser

Achievement in costume design

CruellaCruella Jenny Beavan

Achievement in directing

The Power of the DogThe Power of the Dog Jane Campion

Best documentary feature

Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)"Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)" Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein

Achievement in film editing

DuneDune Joe Walker

Best international feature film of the year

Drive My CarDrive My Car

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

The Eyes of Tammy FayeThe Eyes of Tammy Faye
Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

DuneDune Hans Zimmer

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

No Time to Die"No Time To Die" from No Time to Die
Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell

Best motion picture of the year

Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi and Patrick Wachsberger, Producers

Achievement in production design

Production Design: Patrice Vermette
Set Decoration: Zsuzsanna Sipos

Achievement in sound

Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett

Achievement in visual effects

Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer

Adapted screenplay

Screenplay by Siân Heder

Original screenplay

Written by Kenneth Branagh

Best documentary short subject

The Queen of Basketball
Ben Proudfoot

Best animated short film

The Windshield Wiper
Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez

Best live action short film

The Long Goodbye
Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed



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