Oscars 2022 Winners
Coda and Campion triumph but Dune is the big winner at the 94th Academy Awards.
The legendary La La Land vs Moonlight debacle was spectacularly upstaged at a truly unforgettable Oscars night. Amid all of the controversy was a celebration of fantastic films, many movie anniversaries, and a wonderful year of cinema.
Coda, the crowd-pleasing underdog featuring a predominantly deaf cast, stood out among a highly-competitive pack to claim Best Picture. Triumphing over the likes of The Power Of The Dog, Belfast, and West Side Story, the Sundance darling that follows a hearing daughter of a deaf family balancing her key role at home and her own ambitions to become a singer received a total of three awards on the night. Siân Heder won for Adapted Screenplay and BAFTA-winner Troy Kotsur continued to make history as his Actor In A Supporting Role Oscar was also the first Academy Award for a deaf male actor.
It strangely, but unsurprisingly, won’t be what makes headlines, but Will Smith secured his debut Actor In A Leading Role Oscar for his leading role as Richard Williams in King Richard. Jessica Chastain also won her first Oscar as her transformative performance in The Eyes Of Tammy Faye was awarded the Academy Award for Actress In A Leading Role. It was debut Oscar win across the acting categories as West Side Story’s Ariana DeBose followed up her BAFTA success by claiming the Oscar for Actress In A Supporting Role, too.
The Power Of The Dog was the frontrunner for Best Picture and the film with the most nominations, but missed out on all but one category as its solitary win was for director Jane Campion who became the second female director in as many years to win the Academy Award for Directing.
Dune was the night’s biggest winner with a total of six wins as it dominated the technical categories just as it had with BAFTA. There were also wins for Encanto, Kenneth Branagh, and as well as for Billie Eilish and Finneas for their theme song for No Time To Die.
There were also wins for Encanto and Belfast, for Kenneth Branagh’s semiautobiographical Original Screenplay, as well as for Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell for their theme for No Time To Die.