Oscars: milestone for the streaming industry

Deaf actor Troy Kotsur with his first Oscar.

Deaf actor Troy Kotsur with his first Oscar. Image: Getty Images North America/Handout

The deaf drama “Coda” won the Oscar for best film of the year – and thus brought in the most important film award in the world for the first time in the history of a streaming platform. Airing on Apple TV+, the film also picked up the Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor on Sunday night. Hollywood star Will Smith caused a scandal when he slapped comedian Chris Rock hard on stage after a joke about his wife.

“Coda” prevailed against nine other films

The heartwarming drama “Coda” by US director Siân Heder had recently won a number of awards and thus rose from underdog to secret Oscar favorite. In the remake of the French film “Do you understand the Béliers?” from 2014 is about the teenager Ruby, who is the only one in her family who can hear. She finds herself torn between her passion for singing and her role as an interpreter for her deaf family.

“Coda” beat out nine other nominated films in the race for the Oscar for best picture, including the critically acclaimed western “The Power of the Dog”, the Northern Ireland drama “Belfast”, the sci-fi epic “Dune ” and the musical remake “West Side Story”. Director Heder also won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and deaf actor Troy Kotsur won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the father of a family.

Milestone for the streaming industry

The film’s triumph is also a success for tech and entertainment giant Apple: Apple TV+ is now the first streaming platform in history to win an Oscar for best picture.

For a long time it seemed as if industry leader Netflix could celebrate this premiere with “The Power of the Dog”. The dark western by New Zealand director Jane Campion was a big favorite with twelve nominations at this year’s Oscars, but ultimately only came up with a gold statue: Campion was only the third woman in history to win the Oscar for best director after Kathryn Bigelow and Chloé Zhao .

Best Actress and Other Awards

Actress Jessica Chastain won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as a televangelist in The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Ariana DeBose won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story. The Japanese drama “Drive My Car” won the Oscar for best international film. A German film did not make it into the final selection.

Six Oscars for “Dune”

The German film composer Hans Zimmer won his second Oscar for the film music of “Dune”. The sci-fi epic won a total of six Oscars, more than any other film, but mostly in technical categories. The German Gerd Nefzer won the Oscar for the best special effects together with others.

The Oscar for the best film song went to Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell for “No Time to Die”, the theme song of the last James Bond film of the same name, which the siblings also performed at the Oscar gala.

Will Smith’s stage scandal

Music played a major role at this year’s Oscar gala – but what will be remembered above all is the acting star’s stage performance Will Smith: The 53-year-old slapped comedian Chris Rock hard in the middle of the stage after he made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, who is suffering from hair loss.

Shortly thereafter, Smith won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as the father of tennis players Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard. The actor delivered his acceptance speech in tears, apologizing to the Academy and the other nominees – but not to Chris Rock.

“Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family,” Smith said of the Williams sisters’ father. “Art imitates life.”