Will Smith received the Oscar for best actor on Sunday for his role in “The Williams Method”, where he plays the coaching father of tennis champions Serena and Venus Williams. Shortly after, it was actress Jessica Chastain who won the Oscar for her role as a televangelist in “In the eyes of Tammy Faye”.
The popular Will Smith received the Oscar with a lot of emotion and tears, and wanted to apologize “to the Academy” of the Oscars. He had indeed caused a little earlier a moment of amazement in the room after going on stage, apparently furious, to slap the comedian Chris Rock who had just made a joke on the shaved head of his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, alopecia, severe hair loss. “Love Makes You Do Crazy Things”said Will Smith after receiving his trophy.
American Jessica Chastain won the Oscar for Best Actress on Sunday. The actress, just 45 years old, had already been an unsuccessful candidate for an Oscar twice, first for “The Color of Feelings” then for “Zero Dark Thirty”. She finally prevailed on Sunday in a close competition against four other very popular stars: Penelope Cruz (“Madres Paralelas”), Kristen Stewart (“Spencer”), Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”) and Olivia Colman ( “The Lost Daughter”).
Here are the main awards given Sunday in Hollywood at the 94th Academy Awards, supreme recognition of American cinema.
- Best Film: “CODA”
- Best Director: Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog”
- Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, “In the Eyes of Tammy Faye”
- Best Actor: Will Smith, “The Williams Method”
- Best Supporting Actor: Troy Kotsur, “CODA”
- Best Supporting Actress: Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story”
- Best International Film: “Drive my car” (Japan)
- Best Animated Film: “Encanto”
- Best Documentary: “Summer of Soul”
- Best Original Screenplay: “Belfast”
- Best Adapted Screenplay: “CODA”
The Disney magic once again operated on Sunday evening at the Oscars where “Encanto, the fantastic Madrigal family”, a celebration of Colombia, its culture and its traditions, won the prize for best animated film.
“Encanto” tells the adventures of an ordinary teenager, Mirabel, born into a family in which each member is endowed with magical powers, in the heart of the Colombian mountains.
“Encanto” also stands out from the great Disney classics by its concern to represent diversity and to allow spectators to identify with its gallery of characters. “On TikTok, I was impressed to see how much people found themselves in the film”said Jared Bush, co-director.
Sober appeal for help for Ukraine
This was one of the questions facing the organizers: how not to ignore the drama of the war in Ukraine? Amy Schumer had proposed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speak during the evening. But obviously, it had been decided not to do too much. In the middle of the ceremony, a sober minute of silence was called, while messages were broadcast calling on viewers to participate in humanitarian aid.
“President Biden, Bring Home Brittney Griner”the American basketball star who has been detained for more than a month in Russia, also launched producer Ben Proudfoot by receiving the Oscar for best short documentary for “The Queen of Basketball”.
The evening had little to do with politics, despite a few lines of irony on the place of women in cinema launched by Amy Schumer at the opening. “This year, the Academy has hired three women to present the evening, because it’s always cheaper than a man,” she joked, surrounded by her two playmates, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes.
An evening of music, concluded by Liza Minnelli
Quite a symbol: it was the sisters and American tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams, at the heart of the film “The Williams Method”, who introduced Beyoncé to launch the evening. Then, the mega star performed “Be alive”, the song from the film, in a 100% apple green setting, from tennis courts in Compton, a suburb of Los Angeles, the city where the Williams sisters trained young.
A week before the Grammy Awards, the evening gave pride of place to music, between Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, but also Megan Thee Stallion, who ignited the room with Encanto’s viral hit, “We don’t talk about Bruno”.
And it was another legendary voice, that of actress and singer Liza Minnelli, who concluded the evening with Lady Gaga to present the Oscar for best film, the supreme award, to CODA. A moving sequence: diminished and in a wheelchair, Minnelli, 76, appeared all smiles: “I’m so happy to be here”.
A second statuette for “Anita” from “West Side Story”
Sixty years ago, the legendary Rita Moreno won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her incarnation of the explosive Anita in the musical film “West Side Story”. Rare thing Sunday evening, Ariana DeBose received the Oscar in the same category for the same role, in the remake of Steven Spielberg.
The 31-year-old actress, who hails from Puerto Rico like Rita Moreno, paid tribute to her predecessor, 90, who applauded her in the room. “Your Anita paved the way for thousands of Anitas like me,” she said, referring to the Puerto Rican immigrant character they both played.
James Bond is 60, “The Godfather” 50
The ceremony was an opportunity to blow out the candles of some cinema monuments. First the 60th anniversary of the very first James Bond, “Dr No”, released in 1962. And what better gift than an Oscar? It was Billie Eilish who took charge of it, winning the statuette for the best song for a film, “No time to die”. Black hair, black dress, far from the green streaks of her debut or the platinum blonde Marylin Monroe sported more recently, Billie Eilish had just performed the title on the Hollywood stage.
A little younger, at fifty, the Godfather, the first volume of the legendary trilogy on the Italian-American mafia, was also celebrated, as was “White people can’t jump”, just thirty years old.