While last night’s (27 March) 94th Academy Awards will be remembered for Will Smith hitting comedian Chris Rock after the comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, there were plenty of Oscar winners to celebrate.
Smith himself was one of them, later taking home the gong for Best Actor with a teary and apologetic acceptance speech.
But who else picked up a prestigious award on the night, including the coveted Best Picture award?
Here is everything you need to know.
Jane Campion became only the third woman in history to win the Best Director Oscar, as the Academy celebrated a female filmmaker two years in a row for the first time; Campion’s triumph follows that of Nomadland director Chloe Zhao last year.
The New Zealand-born director took home the prize for her western The Power Of The Dog, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Campion is the first woman to be nominated twice for the directing prize, after also landing a nod for her 1993 film The Piano.
Will Smith’s altercation with Chris Rock earlier in the night cast a cloud over his acceptance speech for his first ever Oscar, after he was named Best Actor for his portrayal of Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, in King Richard.
Smith apologised to both the Academy and his fellow nominees, but not to Rock, as he collected his gong, joking that “art imitates life.”
He continued: “I look like the crazy father, just like they said about Richard Williams, but love will make you do crazy things.”
Jessica Chastain appeared to address the so-called Don’t Say Gay bill in Florida as she accepted her Best Actress Oscar for The Eyes Of Tammy Faye.
She said: “Right now we are coming out of some difficult times that have been filled with trauma and isolation... faced with discriminatory and bigoted legislation that is sweeping our country with the only goal of further dividing us.”
She added: “For any of you out there who do feel hopeless or alone I want you to know you are unconditionally loved for the uniqueness that is you.”
Ariana DeBose said her Best Supporting Actress win for her turn as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story was proof that “dreams do come true”.
In her acceptance speech, she said: “Now you see why Anita says I want to be in America because even in this weary world that we live in dreams do come true and that’s a heartening thing right now.”
How did British nominees fare?
Though British talent may have missed out on the biggest awards, UK nominees did enjoy a strong showing in the technical categories.
Sir Kenneth Branagh and Riz Ahmed were perhaps the most high-profile winners on the night.
Sir Kenneth has notched up eight Oscar nominations across seven different categories, but until this year had always come away empty-handed.
His win for Best Original Screenplay, for the film Belfast, comes 40 years after he made his screen acting debut on BBC television in 1982.
Meanwhile, the Oscar for Best Short Film went to The Long Goodbye, an 11-minute feature that was released alongside the album of the same name by British actor and musician, Riz Ahmed.
Ahmed stars in the film and also co-wrote the script, which is set in the near-future and depicts a south Asian family in London being terrorised by an all-white militia force.
British talent failed to pick up any of the “big four” acting awards this year, but scored a number of wins in the technical categories.
Joe Walker won the Oscar for Best Editing for the sci-fi epic Dune, while composer and music producer Theo Green was among the winners for Best Sound, again for Dune.
Jenny Beavan picked up the Oscar for Best Costume Design, for the film Cruella, the third time she has won this award in her career.
Dune won again in the Best Visual Effects category, with Brits Paul Lambert and Tristan Myles among the team to collect the award.
Which film took home Best Picture?
Coda, which features a predominantly deaf cast, was named Best Picture.
The pioneering family drama has gone from a low budget festival film to Best Picture at the Oscars, marking a milestone as AppleTV+ becomes the first-ever streamer to win the award.
Oscar watchers had long tipped Jane Campion’s western The Power Of The Dog as the likely winner of the Best Picture prize, but it became apparent that Coda could provide a spoiler when the Producers Guild named it Best Picture earlier this month.
The film, directed and adapted by Sian Heder as an English-language remake of the 2014 French-language film La Famille Belier, also won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar.
The heart-warming movie first triumphed at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, where it won top prize and became the biggest acquisition in the festival’s history after Apple TV+ picked it up for $25 million (£19 million).
The film stars 20-year-old Welsh actress (and the daughter of singer Aled Jones) as Ruby, the only hearing member of her family, as she struggles to balance high-school and assisting with the family fishing business.
Deaf performers Troy Kotsur, Marlee Matlin and Daniel Durant star as her fisherman family; Kotsur added another historical milestone as he became the first deaf male actor to win an Oscar at the ceremony.
He dedicated his win to “the deaf community, the Coda community and the disabled community”, adding: “This is our moment”.
The actor appeared overwhelmed as he made his way to the stage accompanied by his interpreter, who has been a regular fixture throughout his awards season journey, where he has picked up a string of gongs.
The full list of winners:
- Best Picture - CODA
- Best Actress: Jessica Chastain - The Eyes of Tammy Faye
- Best Actor - Will Smith, King Richard
- Best Director - Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
- Best Original Song - No Time to Die
- Best Documentary Feature - Summer of Soul
- Best Adapted Screenplay - CODA
- Best Original Screenplay - Belfast
- Best Costume Design - Cruella
- Best International Feature - Drive My Car
- Best Supporting Actor - Troy Kotsur, CODA
- Best Animated Feature - Encanto
- Best Visual Effects - Dune
- Best Cinematography - Dune
- Best Supporting Actress - Ariana DeBose, West Side Story
- Best Film Editing - Dune
- Best Score - Dune
- Best Sound - Dune
- Best Production Design - Dune
- Best Makeup and Hairstyling - The Eyes of Tammy Faye
- Best: Documentary (Short Subject) - The Queen of Basketball
- Best Short (Animated) - The Windshield Wiper
- Best Short Film (Live Action) - The Long Goodbye
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