After record rates during last year’s Oscars, this year producers went to one of the world’s biggest stars, Beyoncé, to kick off the show. She performed her nominated song “Be Alive”, part of “King Richard”, in a pre-recorded opening sequence.
The awards ceremony featured dance numbers and vocals, and several older films, including “The Godfather” and “Pulp Fiction” were welcomed.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded Academy Awards every year since 1929. This year, the show has been led by comedians and actors Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, and Regina Hall.
“CODA” became the best movie
“CODA” took home the most generous Academy Award of the night and took home the award for Best Picture.
“CODA” also won Best Adapted Screenplay, and Troy Kotsur won Best Supporting Actor for his efforts in the film.
He became the second deaf actor to win an Oscar. His film partner, Marley Matlin, was the first deaf actor to win an Academy Award in 1986.
Despite the fact that the film was among those with the fewest nominations before tonight’s distribution, it managed to win in all the major categories in which it was nominated.
Many of the awards presented can be classified as groundbreaking – Ariana Debus became the first openly gay woman and the first Latin American woman to win Best Supporting Actress.
She won for the role of Anita in West Side Story, a role for which Rita Moreno also won an Academy Award for Sixty Years.
Jane Campion won Best Director for “The Power of a Dog.” She is the third woman to win this award, and she is also the first woman ever to be nominated twice.
No price for the Norwegians
The Norwegian Oscar “The Worst Man in the World”, which was nominated in the categories of Best International Film and Best Original Screenplay, did not end with any awards.
Oscar’s hopeful “alternative” Norwegian film “Escape” and the Indian documentary “Writing with Fire,” both of which have Norwegian co-producers, did not end up with any awards.
But Norway had already put together a statuette of the Oscar this year ahead of the awards ceremony, the historic honorary Oscar bestowed on it by Leif Ullmann on Friday. She was also present during the Monday night distribution and was greeted during the broadcast.
Audiences at Dolby Theater were surprised when comedian Chris Rock presented the award for Best Documentary Feature. When he joked about Jada Pinkett Smith that he’d like to see a sequel to “GI Jane,” Smith’s husband, Will Smith, appears to have been offended.
He just got on the stage and slapped Rock in the face. After sitting down again he shouted “Don’t talk about my wife!” for the rock.
The session between Rock and Smith brought the Internet to a boil, and many questioned whether it was all planned.
Later in the broadcast, Will Smith won Best Male Actor. This was the actor’s first Oscar figurine, which was brought to tears.
In his word of thanks, he said, “At this time in my life, at this moment, I am overwhelmed by what God calls me to do and to be in this world.”
Smith also made a clear reference to what happened between him and Rock minutes earlier.
– I hope the Academy will invite me again, he said.
The show’s host, Amy Schumer, also fiddled with the incident when she took to the stage after Smith.
– am I missing something? She said there is a different atmosphere here.
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