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 the coup de brilliance of Will Smith.
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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.
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 “this was the greatest night in television history” before Sean Combs took over the presentations and the replay gave way to commercials.
According to witnesses in the room who spoke to the magazine variety, Denzel Washington went to speak 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 – Beyond the Game 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 – Beyond the Game 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 .
A Quebec Oscar
The third time will have been good for the artistic director Patrice Vermette. Having been nominated twice in the past (in 2010 for The Young Victoria and in 2017 for The arrival), the Quebecer won the Oscar for best artistic direction for his work in the science fiction film Dunes, by Denis Villeneuve. Going to pick up his statuette on stage, Vermette obviously thanked Villeneuve for “allowing us to dream”. But he also had a thought for the late filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée, with whom he worked on several occasions in the past. “Thank you, Jean-Marc Vallée, my friend,” he said, looking up at the sky.
Historic moment: American Troy Kotsur became the first deaf actor to win an Oscar for his role in CODAHollywood remake of the French film The Aries family. After being treated to applause from the room in sign language, the 53-year-old comedian delivered a moving speech, dedicating his award to the entire deaf community. Remember that Marlee Matlin, her acting partner in CODAalso made history in 1987, becoming the first deaf actress to win an Oscar.
– Maxime Demers, The Montreal Journal
At 87, the great British actress Judi Dench seemed in a good position to win the second Oscar of her career for her role in Belfast, Kenneth Branagh’s biographical drama. But the members of the Academy finally preferred the actress and singer Ariana DeBose, one of the great revelations of the West Side Story by Steven Spielberg. Judi Dench was receiving her eighth Oscar nomination. She won Best Supporting Actress of 1999 for Shakespeare in Love.
The power of the dog
Disappointing night for drama The power of the dog, who had to settle for a single prize (best achievement) while he was in the running for 12 prizes. Jane Campion’s drama was notably beaten by CODA in the categories of Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Another big loser: satirical comedy Don’t Look Up: Cosmic Denialwhich has not collected any awards despite four nominations.
– Maxime Demers, The Montreal Journal
THE 2022 Oscar WINNERS
- 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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Six Oscars for “Dune”