“Dune” by Denis Villeneuve wins six Oscars

Dunes by Denis Villeneuve with Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya collected six statuettes during the 94and edition of the Oscars held yesterday in Los Angeles, a ceremony overshadowed by Will Smith’s brilliance.

Dunes by Denis Villeneuve obtained six of the prestigious statuettes, including that of the best artistic direction given to Patrice Vermette, named twice previously for Victoria: The Young Years of a Queen by Jean-Marc Vallée and The arrival by Denis Villeneuve. Hans Zimmer received, with the soundtrack of the feature film, the second Oscar of his career.

Dunes, up for ten awards, also won Academy acclaim in the categories of Greig Fraser’s Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects thus dominating the technical categories. The costumes and the adapted scenario escaped him, the members of the Academy preferring him cruella and CODA.

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Denis Villeneuve and Tanya Lapointe on the Oscars red carpet.

The violence of Will Smith

The evening escalated when Chris Rock, who took the stage to present an award, began joking about the shaved head of Jada Pinkett-Smith, wife of Will Smith, who suffers from alopecia, nicknamed her G.I. Jane. Obviously, the actress didn’t appreciate it, nor did Will Smith who got up, went on stage and hit Chris Rock. He then allegedly told her, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth” twice. The verbal exchange was censored when it was broadcast on television.

The Dolby Theater went entirely silent, with Chris Rock concluding with a “this was the greatest night in television history” before Sean Combs took over the presentations and the replay gave way to commercials.

Will Smith was in tears after the incident between him and Chris Rock.

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Will Smith was in tears after the incident between him and Chris Rock.

According to witnesses in the room who spoke to the magazine variety, Denzel Washington went to talk to Will Smith during the commercial break, explaining to him that “the devil comes when you are at your highest. Be careful”. Oscars producer Will Packer also reportedly went to chat with the actor.

Will Smith, who won the Best Actor statuette for his role in King Richard arrived on stage in tears, visibly still shaken by the incident. During his speech, which was particularly emotional and disjointed, he took the opportunity to apologize to the Academy and to the public, also indicating that “Richard Williams was a staunch defender of his family”.

Disappointments and surprises

The power of the dog, co-produced by Roger Frappier and directed by Jane Campion, was the big favorite of the evening with its 12 nominations. The filmmaker won the Oscar for best director and, to everyone’s surprise, it was CODAadapted from The Aries family which was crowned best film.

Without surprise, Encanto from Disney studios walked away with the trophy for best animated film while drive my chariot by Ryusuke Hamaguchi won Best International Film. Kenneth Branagh received the Oscar for best original screenplay for his magnificent Belfast.

Hosted for the first time in its history by three women, Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes, the evening was led with a bang during the first hour. It kicked off with Venus and Serena Williams who featured Beyoncé singing be alive from the movie King Richard on a stage set up in the Compton tennis courts where the champions trained. The technical Oscars were thus given in advance, their attribution being revealed by means of montages presented during the awards ceremony.

In an effort to energize and rejuvenate the event, a new unofficial category, the “Oscars Fan Favourite” — the favorite film of fans — has been inaugurated via the social network Twitter, moviegoers can vote online for their favorite heart of the year which was Army of the Dead by Zack Snyder. Billie Eilish also took to the Dolby Theater stage to perform the eponymous song by Dying can wait who won the trophy.

Many stars sported a blue ribbon, the color of the UN Refugee Agency, in solidarity with Ukrainians fleeing their country, and the Academy held a moment of silence in support of Ukraine .

The winners of the 2022 Oscars

  • Best film
  • Best Achievement
    Jane Campion (The power of the dog)
  • Best actor
    Will Smith (KingRichard)
  • Best Actress
    Jessica Chastain (In the eyes of Tammy Faye)
  • Best Supporting Actor
    Troy Kotsur (CODA)
  • Best Supporting Actress
    Ariana DeBose (West Side Story)
  • Best International Film
    drive my chariot
  • Best Animated Film
  • Best Soundtrack
  • Best Original Song
    Dying can wait
  • Best Animated Short
    The Windshield Wiper
  • Best Documentary Film
    summer of soul
  • Best Short Fiction Film
    The Long Goodbye
  • Best Art Direction
    Patrice Vermette (Dune)
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Best Direction of Photography
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Editing


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“Dune” by Denis Villeneuve wins six Oscars