The Wows and Whoas of The 94th Academy Awards

Julia | 03 - 30 - 2022
Top 10 Oscar 2022 facts

The 94th Academy Awards was a full-blown celebration for Hollywood with stunning wins and countless memorable moments. The prestigious award ceremony returned after a year to its traditional residence – The Dolby Theater, Hollywood after the COVID pandemic. The ceremony started with a glorious Red Carpet Event and concluded with the announcement for the Best Picture. We all know how The Academy Awards are full of shocks and surprises.! Let’s check out the oscar 2022 facts and most surprising and memorable moments.

Top 10 Oscar 2022 Facts

Wow: CODA Wins Three Oscars!

Nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay, CODA made history as the first movie produced by a Streaming Service to win an Academy for Best Picture. CODA has also won in all the categories it was nominated in!

Which Movie Won the Best Picture?
  • A. CODA
  • B. Power of the Dog
  • C. Dune
  • D. Belfast

Whoa: The Eight Missed Out Categories

Viewers were unable to witness eight major categories as ABC cut the live-broadcast. The eight categories out of which four were won by Dune unfortunately had little audience while making history.

Wow: Dune Won the Most Oscars This Year

Joining the Oscar race with a remarkable 10 nominations, Dune claimed the throne at the Academy for most wins this year. Dennis Villeneuve’s epic sci-fi bagged six Oscars namely, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Production Design and Best Visual Effects. Dune is also the first ever box-office blockbuster to win these many Oscars!

Whoa: Will Smith Whacks Chris Rock

This incident would go down as one of the most shocking moments in Oscars history. Chris Rock was on stage to present the Best Documentary when he playfully joked about Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair. In seconds, Will Smith walked to the stage and slapped Rock, hard. Smith, who received the Academy for Best Actor later apologized to the crowd for his reaction. 

Wow: Jane Campion triumphs at the Oscars

Jane Campion, the Academy winner for Best Director made history as the third female director to win an Oscar. The Power of the Dog director was preceded by Kathryn Bigelow, the first woman to win an Oscar for direction for The Hurt Locker in 2010 and Chloé Zhao for Nomadland in 2021.

Whoa: The Whole Fan-Favorite Oscar Stunt

The Academy introduced a new category this year – Fan-Favorite which was announced to be decided through voting on Twitter. Though it hyped up some fans, some said it was a desperate attempt by the Academy to draw more viewers. The category seemed totally unnecessary when the fan-favorite movie received no applause from the crowd on its announcement.

Wow: Zack Snyder Rules Fans’ Hearts

Yes, the fan-favorite movie and Oscars Cheer Moment were not appreciated by many, but these moments showed the true power of Zack Snyder. The director’s Army of the Dead won the fan-favorite Oscar, beating Marvel’s biggest hit Spider-Man: No Way Home. Also, the moment where Barry Allen uses ‘Speed Force’ in Zack Snyder’s Justice League claimed the Oscars Cheer Moment, surpassing Marvel’s iconic Avengers Assemble and the three Spider-man line-up moments.    

Wow: It’s the family Madrigal’s night!

It’s nice to see more wows than whoas here! The Best Animated Feature Film was pretty difficult to predict as it had tough contenders like ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ and ‘Luca’, but couldn’t stand against the power of family. Disney’s ‘Encanto’ won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature film, making it the fourth win for Walt Disney Animation Studios. The Studios has combined with Pixar and won several Academy Awards earlier.

Wow: There’s just ‘No Time To Die’ for Bond

The Bond official song ‘No Time To Die’ made history by winning the Academy for Best Original Song – the same year in which the widely praised James Bond franchise celebrated its 60th anniversary on the same stage. The song, by the same title, performed by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell gave the first Academy win for the sibling duo.

Wow: The Best Supporting Actor and Actress wins

CODA had the privilege of giving Troy Kotsur the platform to win the Best Supporting Actor in the 94th Academy Awards – making him the first deaf actor to win an Oscar. The moment will always stay in our hearts as the presenter, Youn Yuh-jung communicated his name in American Sign Language before announcing the winner. The actor was also welcomed to the stage with silent applause and a standing ovation from the crowd.

‘West Side Story’ brought the talented Ariana DeBose to light, with her role Anita bagging the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Surprisingly, Ariana DeBose’s win comes 60 years after Rita Moreno won an Oscar for the same role.

Wow: The Hosts Did a Pretty Great Job!

For the first time in 35 years, the Academy had three hosts for the star-studded event. Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Sykes graced the stage after three years of host-less Oscars. And we had to say, they compensated for all the lost fun and entertainment!

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