Streaming drama wins for the first time: “Coda” wins Oscar for best picture

Streaming drama wins for the first time
“Coda” wins Oscar for best picture

The tragic comedy “Coda” by director Siân Heder wins the Oscar for best picture. Jessica Chastain is recognized for her role in The Eyes of Tammy Faye and Will Smith for King Richard.

The tragic comedy “Coda” won the Oscar for best picture. Director Siân Heder tells the story of a girl who grows up in a deaf fisherman’s family. The film won a total of three awards, as announced by the US Film Academy. This is the first time a film from a streaming service has won the Oscar in this category – the film is being shown on Apple TV+.

Most of the awards went to the sci-fi epic Dune. The film was awarded, among other things, for the best film music and the best visual effects. For composer Hans Zimmer and effects expert Gerd Nefzer – two filmmakers who come from Germany – it is the second Oscar each. Actress Jessica Chastain won the Oscar for Best Actress for “The Eyes Of Tammy Faye.” Actor Will Smith won the Oscar for best actor for “King Richard”. Among other things, he said in tears that he wanted to be an ambassador of love.

Jane Campion’s western “The Power of the Dog,” which had entered the race as a favorite with twelve nominations, ultimately won only one award for best director. The “James Bond” theme song by Billie Eilish and the animated film “Encanto” also received awards. The Oscar for Best Foreign Film went to Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s “Drive My Car.”

Smith irritated with slap

The deaf actor Troy Kotsur, who plays the family man in “Coda”, was honored as the best supporting actor. Ariana DeBose won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the musical West Side Story. She told the audience, “You see an openly queer, non-white woman, an Afro-Latina, who has found her strength and life through art.”

The evening was moderated by actresses Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes. Actor Will Smith caused an irritating moment in the middle of the ceremony when he ran onto the stage and slapped his colleague Chris Rock in the face. Afterward, he returned to his seat and shouted loudly twice in Rock’s direction, “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth!” Earlier, comedian Rock reached out to Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and quipped, “GI Jane 2 – I can’t wait to see this” – a nod to the movie GI Jane, in which Demi Moore turns her head as a soldier shaved.

Jada Pinkett Smith has been open about her hair loss in the past. At first Will Smith laughed during the ceremony, then he got up from his seat. It was unclear whether it was an actual outburst of anger or a prearranged scene.

A moment of silence was also called for during the broadcast: “We ask you to support Ukraine in any way you can.” Some guests wore blue ribbons that said “WithRefugees”. Actor Sean Penn had previously called for a boycott of the gala if it took place without Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. He himself would “melt down” his two Oscar statues in protest, Penn said. Selenskyj was not added to the Dolby Theater.