“Love will make you do crazy things.” Will Smith dropped that line during his Best Actor acceptance speech at the 2022 Oscars as a veiled reference to the ceremony’s biggest drama. After the 94th annual Oscars ceremony, the actor got up from his seat and slap presenter Chris Rock in the face for a joke Rock made about Jada Pinkett Smith, Smith’s wife.
That moment rocked social media, as audiences tried to decide if the interaction was a bit of a script with a fake slap, and slowly realized that it wasn’t. uncensored version of the attack started appearing on social networks. (In the US, ABC muted the broadcast, so viewers didn’t hear Rock’s immediate reaction – “Oh, Will Smith just smashed the fuck out of me” – or Smith kept shouting at Rock. , “Get my wife’s name out of your ass” mouth!”)
Smith’s tearful speech, apologizing to the Academy and justifying the slap as a push to protect his family, sparked further outrage online. In a year where the Academy once again struggled to find new ways to grow viewership after so many years steady decline in audienceit’s a guarantee that while audiences may debate whether the award or ceremony is appropriate for a general audience, people will certainly discuss this year’s ceremony, not because the reasons the Academy had hoped for.
Format tests for the 2022 ceremony include a return to reality hosts for the first time in four years, with Regina Hall, Wanda Sykes and Amy Schumer overseeing the presentations. (“This year, the Oscars hired three women to host, because it was cheaper than hiring a man,” Schumer jokes during the show’s opening scene.) Instant controversial decision to showcase eight of the awards – short film awards and several craft categories – separately before the ceremony and include only select clips from those presentations during the live show.
While that decision sparked immediate outrage – especially among those eligible to win those awards, who lamented that their profession was being respected – it was not. must be the worst adjustment to the formality of the ceremony. It effectively eliminated some of the slower parts of the show: Instead of watching the actual winners as their names were just called, regrouped, hugged their loved ones, and stepped onto the stage, the audience Only quick view insert clippings of their acceptance speeches. But the Academy’s decision to publish the names of the winners as they are announced means that the main ceremony includes eight awards that audiences may already know who have won, which adds to the nod. atmosphere for those presentations.
And efforts to speed up and tighten up the ceremony have mostly left room for some to fill in question, like a clumsy comedy where Sykes dresses up as Will Smith. King Richard character, tennis coach Richard Williams; Hall dressed up as Tammy Faye Bakker as in Tammy Faye’s eyes; and Schumer descended from the ceiling on a rope, dressed as Spider-Man.
Even leaving the Will Smith TV series aside, it’s been a strange year for the show. The traditional montage of “In Memoriam,” which is usually a sober love affair in which the names of Hollywood figures who have passed away in the past year appear solemnly on screen through a sentimental song, is a Optimistic, amazing numbers this year, with a choir dancing and singing songs like “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum. The speeches were largely non-political, but the three organizers made a variety of jokes related to current politics, including sarcasm about Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill and other political jokes. Texas’ voter suppression efforts. Some of the presenters are actors of movies like Juno and Pulp Fictioncame the big anniversaries – and those movies have clips inserted during the ceremony, in which most of the actual nominees and winners don’t.
The ceremony moved with incredible speed and a strange cavalier that lacked regard for tonal change. Some of the attempts are clearly to appeal to Gen-Z audiences that almost certainly aren’t following: At one point, South Korean pop group BTS appeared in a segment less than a minute long, where they praise in a nutshell… Well, movie, basically. And then there are the much-vaunted popular voting categories, where fans are encouraged to vote online for “The Funniest Movie Moment Ever” and Best Picture of 2021.
In either case, Zack Snyder’s film wins – the moment in Snyder’s Alliance justice where “Flash Enters the Speed Force” comes as a moment of joy, while Netflix movie Snyder Army of the Dead won the fan favorite. In both cases, however, the build of the top five contenders flashed by with so little setup, explanation, or fanfare that it was hard for viewers to even make sense of what they were seeing.
And some of the night’s bigger surprises were a bit lost among all the cuts and quick transitions between staging, montage, and musical performances. CODA Won the best photo award stood out as a surprising moment, and social media reacted particularly favorably when CODATroy Kotsur’s becomes the first Deaf in history to win an Oscar for acting. MinariYoun Yuh-jung Best Supporting Actress Award Winner give him the award, then gently removed his award statuette from his hand so he could sign his acceptance speech. It was a triumphant, emotional moment that was momentarily extinguished as it rushed to reach more comedy stars and guests. And the speed at which it all happened, despite the show’s nearly four-hour run time, is a reminder that while a lot happens at the annual Oscars, much of it makes sense to the audience. to celebrated creators rather than to tried-and-true audiences. to put it all in.
Until view statistics are available, it remains to be seen whether the changes to the ceremony have the desired effect on boosting its profile. More likely, as with explosive moments before the OscarsThose who skipped the ceremony would watch related clips online.
Here are all the winners of the 94th Annual Academy Awards.
Other nominations: Don’t Look Up, Dunes, Belfast, West Side Story, Licorice Pizza, King Richard, Nightmare Alley, Drive My Car
BEST WOMAN ACTIVE
Winner: Jessica Chastain, Tammy Faye’s Eyes
Other nominations: Olivia Colman, Daughter is gone; Nicole Kidman, Are Ricardians; Penelope Cruz, Parallel Mothers; Kristen Stewart, Spencer
Winner: Will Smith – King Richard
Other nominations: Benedict Cumberbatch, The power of the dog; Andrew Garfield, Clap, clack… Boom!; A famous American actor, Macbeth’s Tragedy; Javier Bardem, Being a Ricardian
Winner: Jane Campion, The power of the dog
Other nominations: Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza; Steven Spielberg, West story; Kenneth Branagh, Belfast; Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Drive my car
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Winner: Billie Eilish and Finneas, “No Time to Die”, in There’s no time to die“
Other nominations: “Dos Oruguitas,” Encanto; “Be alive,” King Richard; “Down to joy,” Belfast; “Somehow you do it,” Four good days
BEST TEXT CHARACTERISTICS
Winner: Summer of the soul
Other nominations: Fleeing, Ascension, Attica, Writing in Fire
BEST ADVERTISED SCREEN
Other nominations: The Power of the Dog, The Lost Daughter, The Sand Dunes, My Driving
BEST ORIGINAL SCREEN
Other nominations: Licorice Pizza, Don’t Look Up, King Richard, World’s Ugliest Man
BEST APPARATUS DESIGN
Other nominations: Sand Dunes, Nightmare Alley, Cyrano, Tales of the West
BEST INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS FILM
Winner: Drive my car
Other nominations: The World’s Ugliest Man, Runaway, Hand of God, Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom
ACTOR BEST SUPPORT
Winner: Troy Kotsur, CODA
Other nominations: Kodi Smit-Mcphee, The power of the dog; Ciaran Hinds, Belfast; JK Simmons, Being a Ricardian; Jesse Plemons, The power of the dog
Other nominations: Luca, The Mitchells vs. the Machines, Flee, Raya and Last Dragon
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Winner: Sand dunes
Other nominations: Spider-Man: No Way Home, Free Guy, No Time To Die, Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings
Winner: Sand dunes
Other nominations: Dog Power, Macbeth’s Tragedy, Nightmare Alley, West Side Story
Winner: Ariana DeBose, West story
Other nominations: Kirsten Dunst, The power of the dog; Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard; Jessie Buckley, The Lost Daughter; Judi Dench, Belfast
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Winner: Sand dunes
Other nominations: Dune, Nightmare Alley, Dog Power, Macbeth’s Tragedy, West Side Story
BEST MOVIE EDITION
Winner: Sand dunes
Other nominations: The Power of the Dog, Don’t Look Up, Mark, Mark… Boom!, King Richard
BEST ORIGINAL PRICE
Winner: Sand dunes
Other nominations: Dog Power, Parallel Mothers, Don’t Look Up, Encanto
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
Winner: Long goodbye
Other nominations: The Dress, On My Mind, Please Hold, Ala Kachuu – Take and Run
BEST SHORT MOVIE
Winner: Windshield wiper
Other nominations: Robin Robin, Boxballet, Art Department, Bestia
BEST DOCUMENTARY SUMMARY
Winner: Basketball Queen
Other nominations: Audible, Take Me Home, Three Songs for Benazir, When We Were Bullies
BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR
Winner: Tammy Faye’s Eyes
Other nominations: To 2 Americas, Cruella, Sand Dunes, Gucci House
Winner: Sand dunes
Other nominations: Belfast, No Time to Die, The Power of the Dog, West Side Story