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A blow from Will Smith and the victory of Apple TV +: how the Oscars went

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The Oscar ceremony ended in Los Angeles: the best film was a family drama about deaf / hard of hearing people “CODA: Child of Deaf Parents” from Apple TV + streaming, and the best director was Jane Campion

The 94th Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theater: this year, the academics decided to return to the traditional format of celebration, leaving in the past a pandemic experiment with the organization of the red carpet at Union Station.

The stage of the Dolby Theater was decorated by Emmy Award winner David Corins, who conceived it as a “magic portal to the future.” Apple TV + managed to enter it – for the first time in the category of “Best Picture” “Oscar” received a streaming picture. CODA: The Child of Deaf Parents also won Best Supporting Actor (Troy Kotsur is the first deaf actor to win an Oscar) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Shan Heider).

“The Power of the Dog” – a viscous drama by Jane Campion, author of “Piano” and winner of the screenplay “Oscar” for it – claimed 12 awards, but took only one, but significant. The academy awarded Campion a statuette for best director, making her the third woman director to win the award. Prior to the Champion, Chloe Zhao (Land of the Nomads, 2021) and Catherine Bigelow (Lord of the Storm, 2010) were awarded the Oscar.

Asian cinema has re-established itself in Hollywood: the measured drama “Sit behind the wheel of my car” by Japanese Ryusuke Hamaguchi won the award as the best foreign language film.

Jane Campion

Jane Campion

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Actors Jessica Chastain and Will Smith have won their first Academy Awards. Chastain co-starred with Andrew Garfield in the biographical drama Eyes of Tammy Faye about TV evangelists Tammy Faye Becker and Jim Becker and won an Actors Guild Award, after which bookmakers bet on her Oscar predictions and did not lose.

Ariana DeBoc, Troy Kotsur and Jessica Chastain

Ariana DeBoc, Troy Kotsur and Jessica Chastain

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But the victory of Will Smith, who played Serena and Venus Williams in the biopic King Richard, surprised many. First, his competitors were strong: he had to “compete” with Benedict Cumberbatch, whose performance in The Power of the Dog was nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA (no awards); Javier Bardem, who played American television superstar Daisy Arnaza, husband and business partner Lucille Ball; Andrew Garfield from the musical drama “Tick-tock BOOM!”, Which featured an outstanding play; and finally, Denzel Washington of the Macbeth Tragedy, who tragically performed in Joel Cohen’s black-and-white experiment.

Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta with the Marcellas Wallace Suitcase declare Will Smith the best actor

Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta with the Marcellas Wallace Suitcase declare Will Smith the best actor

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Each role and picture is remarkable in its own way, united, however, by a post-pandemic destiny: streaming “rental”. It would be criminal not to mention that this year “streaming cinema” won the “big movie” with screenings in cinemas. Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza and Guillermo Del Toro’s Alley of Nightmares were left without awards. Although Denis Villeneuve’s large-scale fiction “Dune” took six statuettes, but not acting, but technical – for sound, soundtrack (the second “Oscar” in the career of Hans Zimmer), cinematography, editing, visual effects and the work of the artist-director.

In addition, the results of the audience’s “Oscar”, first held with a vote on Twitter, showed another triumph of streaming: zombie action movie “Army of the Dead” Zach Snyder, shown on Netflix, was recognized as the best film (despite all three Peter Parker from the box office Spider-Man: There is no way home “).

Al Pacino, Francis Ford Coppola and Robert De Niro

Al Pacino, Francis Ford Coppola and Robert De Niro

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But let’s go back to Will Smith and his award, because without him, the 94th ceremony would not have been any remarkable. Not only the competition was surprising, but also the incident that took place during the ceremony. The actor slapped comedian Chris Rock, who performed on stage. So Smith interceded for his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith, outraged by a joke about her that she should star in the second part of “Soldier Jane” (Jada was present at the ceremony with a shaved head because of alopecia, which the actress decided to put up with).

Smith’s antics did not disrupt the ceremony – on the contrary, he was given the planned “Oscar”, taking which actor cried and talked about his hero Richard Williams, an ardent defender of his family.

Chris Rock did not report to the police, but the “fatal” slap brought this “Oscar” to the top of discussions on social media and in the press. But the triumph of “CODA” about eternal family values ​​and the representation of the deaf community lost the opportunity to paint the finale of the ceremony in radically positive tones: Will Smith took all the attention.

Oscar 2022 winners

The best movie

• “CODA: The Child of Deaf Parents”

The best actor

• Will Smith, “King Richard”

The best actress

• Jessica Chastain, “Eyes of Tammy Faye”

The best director

• Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog

Best supporting actress

• Ariana DeBoss, West Side Story

Best supporting actor

• Troy Kotsur, “CODA: The Child of Deaf Parents”

The best adapted script

• Shan Heather, CODA: The Child of Deaf Parents

The best original script

• Kenneth Branagh, Belfast

Best foreign film

• “Get behind the wheel of my car” (Japan)

Best animated film

• Encanto

Best Documentary

• “Summer Soul”

The best operator

• Greg Fraser, Dune

The best visual effects

• Dune

The best song

• “No Time To Die” from “No Time To Die”, music and lyrics by Billy Isle and Finneas O’Connell

The best costumes

• Cruella

The best installation

• Dune

The best sound

• Dune

The best original soundtrack

• Dune

The best work of a production designer

• Dune

Best Animated Short Film

• “Wiper”

Best Short Film

• “Long farewell”

Best Short Documentary

• “Queen of Basketball”

The best makeup and hairstyles

• “Eyes of Tammy Faye”

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