Oscars 2022 LIVE UPDATES: Sian Heder’s ‘CODA’ created history by becoming the first movie from a major streaming service to win an Oscar for best picture at the 94th Academy Awards, which was overshadowed by a bizarre unscripted moment when Will Smith came on stage and apparently punched presenter Chris Rock in the face. It’s become by far the most talked-about and tweeted-about moment of this year’s Read More
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Ariana DeBose created history by becoming the first queer woman of colour to bag this prestigious award. She received the award for the film West Side Story. She also became the second actress to win this award for Anita’s role. Take a look at her posing gracefully with her well-earned award.
Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker raised temperatures with their photoshoot at Vanity Fair Oscars portrait studio. Take a look:
American rapper Megan Thee Stallion’s red carpet look for the 94th Academy Awards was designed by Indian couturier Gaurav Gupta. The 27-year-old artist was spotted in the Silver-Blue fantasy biomorphic gown by the designer. The ethereal slate-blue strapless gown embellished with stripes of sequins. The cosmic-themed gown featured a side cutout at the torso, a leg-baring slit, and a skirt that flowed out in structured waves. Megan completed the look with matching blue sandals and diamond and sapphire jewellery, and wore her hair styled in a low bun.
Following the controversial incident, angry fans reached out to ‘Will Smith’ on Twitter, whose account is verified, and expressed their disappointment over his reaction. Several fans tagged ‘Will Smith’ and said that he should apologise to Chris for his actions. However, little that they know, the Will they were tagging wasn’t the actor but a podcaster and video game creator.
Journalist Derek Blasberg shared a picture from a Vanity Fair Oscar dinner, which features some of the biggest names sitting at the round table busy googling their phones. What are they googling? The journalist had it answered in the caption, he wrote: “Meanwhile, this is everybody at my table at the Vanity Fair Oscar dinner manically googling wtf Will Smith just said to Chris Rock.”
Kangana Ranaut was the latest Bollywood celebrity to come out in support of Will Smith. She dropped a picture of Smith slapping Rock from the mega show on her Instagram stories and wrote, “If some idiot used my mom or sister’s illness to make bunch of fools laugh I would slap him like @willsmith did…bass ass move…hope he comes to my #LockUpp (sic).” Lock Upp is a show she is hosting.
Will Smith who also won the Best Actor award joined the after party where he was spotted along with his wife Jada, daughter Willow, and sons Trey and Jaden. He also joined the dance floor and took the centre stage. When Smith’s 1997 summer anthem ‘Gettin Jiggy Wit It’ was played, a circle formed around the actor to see him dance. He held his Oscar in his hand as he grooved to the song.
Before the ceremony and the infamous slap incident, Will Smith had taken to Instagram to share a video with his wife Jada. He captioned it, “Me ‘n @jadapinkettsmith got all dressed up to choose chaos.” That did not age well!
While netizens are divided on Will Smith’s controversial slap, they can’t help but notice Nicole Kidman’s reaction. Needless to say, it has become a fan favourite and another addition to the meme templates.
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Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and celebrated actor Dilip Kumar were not mentioned in the ‘In Memoriam’ segment of the 94th Academy Awards. The late personalities were honoured at the British Academy Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) earlier this month.
ARMYs at first were taken by surprise when they saw BTS members RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook talk about their favourite musical moments at the Oscars 2022 in a pre-recorded message. While fans were still wrapping their heads around the sweet surprise they were treated to, Jonas Brothers singer Joe Jonas surprised ARMYs by wearing an outfit previously worn by J-Hope.
Several celebrities have responded to this incident. Some have taken his side, while others have called Will Smith out for violence. Bollywood actress Neetu Kapoor took to her Instagram Story section to write, “And they say women can never control their emotions.”
Ariana DeBose, the star of Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, made history by becoming the first openly queer woman of colour to win an Oscar and the first openly queer performer to win an acting Oscar. While CODA star Troy Kotsur was the second deaf actor to win an acting Oscar (his co-star in the film, Marlee Matlin, won the first for 1986’s Children of a Lesser God), the film also became the first Best Picture winner for a streaming service.
CODA won a landmark best picture prize at the Oscars on Sunday, in a ceremony overshadowed by best-actor winner Will Smith’s hitting of presenter Chris Rock after he cracked a joke about the actor’s wife. In other awards, Jane Campion became just the third woman in the 94-year history of the Oscars to win the best director, for her “Power of the Dog.” Jessica Chastain bagged the best actress award for playing TV evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.”
At the 94th Academy Awards, Will Smith got upset with presenter Chris Rock as he cracked a joke about the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. “Javier Bardem and his wife are both nominated. Now, if she loses, he can’t win,” Rock started his piece, adding, “He is praying that Will Smith wins, like, please, lord. Jada, I love you. ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it, all right?” While Will seemed to be laughing in the beginning, Jada was seen rolling her eyes. Soon after, Will shocked the audience by storming the stage and hitting Chris in the face. “Wow,” said Rock afterward. “Will Smith just smacked the s**t out of me.” Smith’s comments were bleeped when he returned to his seat, but it was apparent that he told Rock, “Keep my wife’s name out your f***king mouth.”
Serena Williams has broken her silence on Will Smith hitting Chris Rock at the Oscars 2022. Taking to Instagram Stories, the tennis pro appears to have been left speechless by the shocking moment that saw Will crash the stage and punch the comedian in the face. Serena was at the Oscars to see Will Smith later win Best Actor for his portrayal of her father in King Richard. After the viral incident, Serena took to Instagram to film her reaction and she was just as shocked as everyone was.
Serena Williams weighs in on her Insta story:#Oscars
— Lukas Weese (@Weesesports) March 28, 2022
Actress Mia Farrow has come out in Chris Rock’s defence after the comedian was hit by Will Smith on the Oscars’ stage. Mia tweeted, “It was just a joke. Jokes are what Chris Rock does. Always has been edgy. This was a mild joke for him. And I love GI Jane.”
It was just a joke. Jokes are what Chris Rock does. Always has been edgy. This was a mild joke for him. And i love GI Jane
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) March 28, 2022
American late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien was among those making light of the Oscars slap situation, writing on Twitter: “Just saw the Will Smith slap. Anyone have a late night show I can borrow just for tomorrow?”
Just saw the Will Smith slap. Anyone have a late night show I can borrow just for tomorrow?
— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) March 28, 2022
The Los Angeles Police Department confirms to Variety that Chris Rock has “declined to file a police report” following an altercation with Will Smith on the Oscars’ stage.
Will Smith stunned everyone after he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars 2022. Following the altercation, there are reports suggesting that Will could find himself fn a legal problem. A few social media users also suggested that Will might have to give back the Oscar award for The Academy has a strict code of conduct policy. The Academy has now reacted to Will Smith and Chris Rock’s slap gate and informed everyone via Twitter that they don’t ‘condone violence’. In a tweet shared after the ceremony ended, The Academy said, “The Academy does not condone violence of any form. Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world.” Read the full story, here.
Chris Rock had come on stage to introduce the best documentary feature when he made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, being in a sequel to ‘G.I. Jane’– seemingly a reference to her shaved head. Pinkett-Smith has been open about having alopecia, which causes hair loss. Following this, Will strode to the stage and hit Chris and then screamed “Keep my wife’s name out of your f****ng mouth”. Since then, Will has been receiving huge backlash on social media for hitting Chris on national television.
Meanwhile, in the acting category, Will Smith won best actor Oscar for playing Richard Williams, ambitious father and coach of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, in ‘King Richard’. The best actress Oscar went to Jessica Chastain for her role as a televangelist in ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’.
Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi powerhouse ‘Dune,’ on the other hand, dominated the Academy Awards in the technical categories by grabbing six out of eight wins for cinematography, production design, editing, original score, sound, and visual effects. For the unversed, India’s Namit Malhotra is the Chairman and CEO of DNEG, the VFX pro behind Dune.
Moreover, apart from the best picture win, CODA got recognised for best supporting actor honour for Troy Kotsur and a best adapted screenplay honour for Sian Heder. Kotsur also made history, becoming just the second deaf actor to win an Oscar. “This is dedicated to the deaf community, the C.O.D.A. community, and the disabled community,” Kotsur said. “This is our moment.”
The Academy also showed support for the people of Ukraine as Reba McEntire performed her nominated song ‘Somehow You Do,’ introduced by Ukraine native Mila Kunis on stage. “While film is an important avenue for us to express our humanity in times of conflict, the reality is millions of families in Ukraine need food, medical care, clean water, and emergency services,” read a message on a black screen.
On the performance front, Beyonce opened the 2022 Academy Awards from a tennis court in Compton in honour of the birthplace of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams, whose upbringing is the subject of King Richard. Billie Eilish delivered a power-packed performance on ‘No Time to Die,’ the title tune for the latest James Bond film, on stage. Eilish and Finneas O’Connell also won the original-song Oscar for the song. It’s the third consecutive Academy Award for music in the long-running spy franchise, following Adele’s win for 2012’s ‘Skyfall’ and Sam Smith’s for ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ from 2015’s ‘Spectre’.
This year, The Power of the Dog led the pack of nominations with an impressive 12 nominations, including a Best Picture nomination. The movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst in the lead. Besides The Power of the Dog, Belfast, Don’t Look Up, Drive My Car, Dune, King Richard, Licorice Pizza, Nightmare Alley, and West Side Story were the top contenders of the Oscars 2022 Best Picture Winner.
Indian film Writing With Fire also won a nomination in the Best Documentary Feature category but lost out to Summer of Soul (…or, When The Revolutions Could Not Be Televised).