'CODA' Wins Best Picture, But Will Smith Steals the Show

‘CODA’ Wins Best Picture, But Will Smith Steals the Show

(CNN) — ‘CODA’ wins Best Picturebut this historic breakthrough for the Apple TV+ streaming service in the Oscar was overshadowed by a spontaneous act, when Will Smith starred in a viral moment that will be remembered and talked about for years.

The Will Smith Controversy

The most memorable exchange from the movie industry’s biggest night was not the kind anyone expected or wanted. Before winning his Oscar for “King Richard”, Smith seemed upset over a joke Chris Rock told about his wifeJada Pinkett Smith then took the stage and appeared to punch him in the face. Rock looked genuinely stunned, as Smith returned to his seat, shouting words at Rock that were silenced on the broadcast.

Wiping away tears, Will Smith, during his acceptance speech, mentioned that the character he portrayed, Richard Williams, was protecting his family, then said, without specifically mentioning Rock or what happened, “I want to apologize to the Academy. I want to apologize.” with all my fellow nominees.” And he added, “Love will make you do crazy things.”

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Duel for the best film

The duel for the best picture prize between two nominees from streaming services perceived as favorites lasted all night. Sian Heder won Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘CODA’, but Jane Campion, director of ‘The Power of the Dog’, the first woman to be nominated for Best Director twice, later became the third woman to win it. price. (Heder was passed over in this vote.)

“CODA” won Best Picture.

Based on the results of other awards leading up to the Oscars, this year was already seen as a pivotal year for streaming services which, led by Netflix, have consistently undermined the industry’s resistance to viewing them as outright competitors to great studio releases. .

For all their hard work, however, Netflix didn’t catch the group, as voters opted for Apple’s most uplifting story, about the hearing son of deaf parents. Including this year’s contenders “The Power of the Dog” and “Don’t Look Up,” seven Netflix films have been nominated for best picture, but none have won so far.

The global pandemic, which forced the entire entertainment industry into streaming for a while, helped accelerate streaming adoption, and last year’s winner “Nomadland” came from a rival platform, Hulu.

actor awards

In addition to Will Smith, Jessica Chastain won her first Oscar for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” playing Tammy Faye Bakker. The film also gained recognition for her makeup and hairstyle.

Jessica Chastain won her first Oscar for ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’.

In his speech, Chastain spoke about the “discriminatory and intolerant legislation sweeping our country” against the LGBTQ+ community, citing Bakker’s compassion for these groups, which is shown in the film.

Dado que un tercio de los Oscar se entregó antes de que comenzara officially la transmission en vivo, la Academia de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas apostó a que la gente miraría la 94 entrega anual de los Premios de la Academia tanto para entretenerse como para saber quién ganó What.

In search of cutting short the Oscars ceremony

The Academy, which presents the awards, implemented a controversial plan to award awards in eight categories before the main broadcast and then edit those selections on the show. Despite this decision, the show still lasted more than three and a half hours.

The other big winner of the night was the sci-fi epic “Dune.” Dominating the technical categories, the film from Warner Bros. won six Academy Awards for Sound, Film Editing, Production Design, Cinematography, Visual Effects, and Hans Zimmer’s Musical Score. It was the prolific songwriter’s second win out of a dozen nominations, the first for “The Lion King” in 1995. (CNN and Warner Bros. are part of WarnerMedia).

The TV show stressed the importance of bringing more entertainment to the show, which opened with Beyoncé performing the nominated song “King Richard” outside the event venue, before inaugurating hosts Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes, who made jokes at the expense of some of the nominees (“House of Gucci” was called “House of Random Accents” or House of random accents) and against the bill known as Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay”, promising, “We’re going to have a gay night.” Sykes then pranked Texas about its voter registration laws.

Triumph of the “Charm”

Disney’s “Charm” won Best Animated Feature. Although the film did reasonably well in theaters, it (and its music) seemed to get some serious attention after debuting on the studio’s streaming service, Disney+, a symbol of a year considered the celebration of streaming price release.


The actress and supporting actor were perhaps the night’s least suspenseful selections, but were among the most emotional, with Ariana DeBose and Troy Kotsur winning for the remake of “West Side Story” and “CODA ” by Steven Spielberg, respectively. Kotsur becomes the second deaf actor to be honored, following his co-star Marlee Matlin, who won recognition for “Children of a Lesser God” in 1987.

After thanking Spielberg and his co-star Rita Moreno (who originally played the role), DeBose opened up about being a queer Afro-Latin woman, quoting from the film and telling those who might be wondering how to fit in : “Actually, there is a place for us. “.

Steven Spielberg, Rita Moreno and Ariana DeBose arrive at the Oscars.

Questlove tearfully accepted an Oscar for its documentary “Summer of Soul” and Japan’s “Drive My Car” won Best International Film. This three-hour drama was also nominated for Best Picture.

Kenneth Branagh, eight times nominated in various categories, received his first Oscar for the screenplay of “Belfast”, a deeply personal look at his native country which he also directed and produced.

So was the ceremony

Although the Grammy Awards and Tony Awards use a similar format for some awards, many Academy members have complained about the light perception towards these nominees. However, there was a heightened sense of urgency to streamline the presentation after the Oscars slumped to record audience levels last year, as many major awards shows have done.

The change only saved a little time, which was used for lavish musical numbers, including a colorful rendition of the song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from “Encanto”, comedy bits like throwing Schumer out of the rafters dressed as Spider-Man, and showing “fan favorites” that were voted on unscientifically via Twitter.

The broadcast also incorporated its share of nostalgia, including a 60th anniversary tribute to James Bond films, cast reunions for “White Men Can’t Jump,” “Juno” and “Pulp Fiction,” and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of “The Godfather”, which served to ovation the director Francis Ford Coppola, as well as the actors Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.

The latest Bond film ‘No Time to Die’ won Best Song for Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell, one of the few awards given to a blockbuster, as the industry becomes increasingly divided between the popular and the prestigious.

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