Oscars 2022: Will Smith, Jessica Chastain and CODA wins top honors
The 94th Academy Awards concluded with Will Smith, Jessica Chastain, and team CODA taking home the top honors. The biggest night in Hollywood, the 94th Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
The show saw a few more pages added to the history books with Ariana DeBose becoming the first Afro-Latina and openly LGBTQ actor to win in the category. "To anybody who has ever questioned your identity,” she said, “I promise you there is a place for us," she said.
The moving family drama 'CODA' beat out the Oscar favourite 'The Power Of the Dog' to win Best Picture. Also tasting Oscar success was supporting actor Troy Kotsur, who became the first deaf male actor to win an Oscar.
Will Smith also took home his first Best Actor Oscar for portraying Venus and Serena Williams' father Richard in the tennis biopic "King Richard." He took the trophy minutes after he went viral for slapping presenter Chris Rock onstage.
Multiple Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain also won her first Best Lead Actress Academy Award for her mascara-laden title role as the on-air preaching partner and wife of Christian televangelist Jim Bakker in "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," chronicling the couple's rise and fall.
She was previously nominated for an Oscar for 2012 portrayal of a CIA analyst on the hunt of Osama Bin Laden in "Zero Dark Thirty" and her 2011 supporting role as a Southern socialite in the 1960s racial drama "The Help."
Jane Campion has won the best director Oscar for “The Power of the Dog”, the unconventional Western starring Benedict Cumberbatch that was shot in her native New Zealand. It’s her first best director Oscar. She won a best original screenplay Oscar in 1994 for her film “The Piano,” which also earned her a directing nomination.
Denis Villeneuve's science-fiction epic 'Dune', got the night off to a winning start sweeping away top honours in the technical categories, including Best Sound and Best Visual Effects.
Singer Billie Eilish also made history as one of the youngest singers to win the Oscar for Best Song for 'No Time To Die' from the James Bond film.
The hit animated musical 'Encanto', beat out stiff competition to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.
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