Oscars 2022 highlights: From historic wins to dramatic moments, here's what happened in this season of Academy Awards!

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Oscars 2022 highlights

Oscars 2022 highlights are here. From Will Smith winning to slapping Chris Rock to Ariana DeBose, Troy Kostur's, and CODA epic historical wins, it was an entertaining event for sure!

The Academy Awards are always the much-awaited awards of the season that always try to bring to light the best of the best from the film industry. Lately, for the past few years, the awards have been lauded for their inclusivity which was missing earlier. But because of the pandemic, they couldn't host the show for a couple of years. Oscars 2022 was back in its usual form and took place in Dolby Theatres on Sunday in LA where Hollywood showed up in its brightest form. While the awards took place out in the open, it was the list of nominations and winners that hinted at bringing a new era to moving images. But it was not just that ended up creating history, there was a lot that happened. Here are the Oscars 2022 highlights for you.

Out of all the films nominated, CODA, an Apple TV+ presentation, winning the Best Picture brings out the fact that OTT platforms have found their place in the ever prestigious Oscars. But the most shocking moment that took place in the award show was Will Smith walking up to Chris Rock presenting and slapped-punched him after he made a joke about Smith's wife Jada Pinkett Smith. Later on, in an emotional speech for winning the Best Actor award for King Richard he explained and apologized for the act. Other than this Ariana DeBose became the first queer woman of color to win an Oscar for West Side Story. Troy Kostur (CODA) became the first man to win an Oscar for being a deaf actor.

All of this and much more happened at the Oscars 2022, check it out!

CODA is the first streaming movie (Apple TV+) that was awarded such a high honor considering it was an indie film with a cast mostly including deaf actors. It took won away Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay- Sian Heder, Best Actor In A Supporting Role – Tony Kotsur.

Will Smith ended up winning Best Actor for his role as Richard Williams in King Richard. But just before that Smith went up on stage to slap-punch Chris Rock, who was presenting as Rock because he made a joke on Jada Pinkett Smith's bald head referring to when she is going to be G.I. Jane 2. Jada's condition is because of an autoimmune disease Alopecia that causes hair loss about which she has been quite vocal since 2018. Though afterward in his speech, Will Smith apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees and championed standing up for his family.

Jane Campion just became the third woman to win Best Director for The Power of the Dog which was the only prize of the night to be won by the film nominated in many categories.

Ariana DeBose went on to become the first queer woman of color to win an academy for the role of Anita in Speilberg's West Side Story. The previous actor, Rita Moreno who played the same role in the 1961 West Side Story won the award as well. DeBose's speech was about identity and still finding a place.

Tory Kotsur became the first male actor to win an academy award for being a deaf actor. Earlier it was won by Marlee Matlin, also Tory's co-star in CODA, in 1987 for her role in Children of a Lesser God. His speech made everyone emotional.

Denis Villeneuve’s feature adaptation, Dune was the only film that ended up taking 6 Oscars home including Best Sound, Best Original Score (Hans Zimmer), Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Visual Effects, Film Editing. Though all of these were in the 8 categories that were awarded before the live telecast began.

Co-hosts Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Sykes delivered a joint opening monologue that took aim at topics such as sexism, Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” legislation and the migration of audiences from movie theaters to sofas.

The Oscars also went on to acknowledge the current war happening in Ukraine with a moment of silence, calling on the audience to #StandWithUkraine

Kenneth Branagh won an Oscar for the original screenplay for Belfast, and Jessica Chastain ended up winning Best Actress for The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Encanto won the Best Animated Feature while Drive My Car won the International Feature Film. Cruella won for Costume Design. Billie Eilish and Finneas won Best Original Song for “No Time to Die,”

Lady Gaga supports a wheel-chair-ridden Liza Minnelli, 50 years of The Godfather with Robert De Niro, Francis Ford Coppola, and Al Pacino, In Memoriam section, and live performances.

Oscars 2022: A Godfather Of A Reunion With Al Pacino, Robert De Niro And  Francis Ford Coppola

These Oscars 2022 highlights cover everything and anything that happened at the Academy Awards on Sunday. Hope you're all caught up!

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