“Coda,” Sian Heder’s drama about a deaf family that had just three nominations, won best picture and gave Apple TV+ the first-ever Oscar for a streaming service less than three years after its release .
It also won Best Adapted Screenplay for Heder, its director, and Troy Kotsur for Best Supporting Actor, as was widely expected.
With a cast that includes deaf actors Kotsur, Marlee Matlin and Daniel Durant, “CODA” follows a family whose only hearing daughter, played by Emilia Jones, is torn between staying and helping them or pursuing her dreams of going to college. music encouraged by a teacher played by Eugenio Derbez.
It is the first film with a majority-deaf cast to win best picture, and the first with fewer than four nominations to do so since 1932’s “Grand Hotel.”
“The Power of the Dog”, which came in with 12 nominations and was shaping up as a possible top prize winner, only took one, for best direction, for its director Jane Campion.
As anticipated, the best actor award went to Will Smith for “King Richard,” which he received shortly after a surprising altercation with host Chris Rock over a joke he made about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. And the best actress for Jessica Chastain for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” (“The eyes of Tammy Faye”).
Ariana DeBose won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her fiery performance as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” and went down in history as the first Afro-Latina and openly gay actress to win the award. .
“To anyone who has ever questioned their identity,” DeBose said, “I promise you there is a place for us.”
Her victory came exactly 60 years after the role earned Rita Moreno the same recognition, whom she thanked in her speech.
And “Encanto,” Disney’s animated film set in Colombia about a teenager frustrated with being the only member of her extended family without magical powers, won the award for best animated film.
The film, with a voice cast led by Argentine-American actress Stephanie Beatriz including Diane Guerrero, John Leguizamo, Wilmer Valderrama and Angie Cepeda, is the first Walt Disney Animation Studios film to be co-directed by a Latina, Charise Castro Smith. , and earned the first Oscar for a Latina in the category, producer Yvett Merino.
The victory came just after Sebastián Yatra offered a sublime interpretation of the nominated song “Dos oruguitas” by Lin-Manuel Miranda, accompanied by an orchestra and a couple of dancers in typical Colombian costumes on a stage with decorations alluding to the film. which included yellow butterflies.
The winning song, however, was “No Time to Die” from the James Bond film of the same name, written by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell.
The 94th Academy Awards kicked off with Beyoncé, eight awards handed out off-camera and an hosting trio of Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Regina Hall.
“Alright, we’re here at the Oscars,” Hall said. To which Sykes replied, “Where movie lovers come together and watch TV.”
The three actresses gleefully joked about relevant Hollywood issues like pay equity—they said hiring three women as hosts was “cheaper than one man”—the Lady Gaga drama Sykes called “House of Random Accents.” ), Golden Globe status (for the in memoriam package), and Leonardo DiCaprio’s girlfriends. Their most political comment came at the end of their opening routine, in which they promised a great night.
“And for you guys in Florida,” Skykes said, “we’re going to have a gay night.”
The sci-fi epic “Dune,” directed by Denis Villeneuve, garnered six awards, mostly in technical categories, including cinematography, original music, by Hans Zimmer; visual effects, editing, production design and sound.
The awards show began for the first time an hour before the televised gala with the presentation of eight awards that included best makeup and hair, for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” (“The eyes of Tammy Faye”), as well as the honors to short film, animated short film and documentary short film.
The award for best animated short film went to “The Windshield Wiper” by Spaniards Alberto Mielgo (director) and Leo Sánchez (producer), about a middle-aged man who asks himself and the audience what it is love.
“The Long Goodbye” won best documentary and “The Queen of Basketball” won best documentary short.
With a large Latino presence spanning multiple categories after barely any last year, the Oscars returned to the Dolby Theater for a ceremony with a difference.
Producers were seeking to reverse years of poor ratings — capped by their worst last year, when the celebration was moved to Union Station for a scaled-down event due to the pandemic — with a sweeping list of changes that also included the hiring of three female hosts after there was no master of ceremonies in several years and musical numbers that went beyond the nominated songs: the success of “Encanto” “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” in the most colorful number with part of the voice cast of the tape and the participation of Luis Fonsi, Becky G and Megan Thee Stallion.
After last year’s anticlimactic finale, when the event ended with the award for best actor and the winner Anthony Hopkins was not present to receive it, the producers returned to the tradition of closing the gala with the highest honor of the night, best film, which was presented by Lady Gaga and Liza Minelli