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From celebrating the best in film to Chris Rock getting slapped, it was a wild night - here’s how to catch up

The 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.

Smith appeared to take offence to a gag Rock made on stage about Jada Pinkett Smith’s short haircut, resulting in him marching on stage to confront the comedian.

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Referring to Pinkett Smith’s buzzcut, Rock said: “Jada, can’t wait for GI Jane 2”, prompting the actress to roll her eyes.

However, Smith walked up on stage and appeared to hit Rock before returning to his seat and shouting twice: “Keep my wife’s name out of your f****** mouth.”

But alongside the headline grabbing fracas, 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.

Here is everything you need to know.

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When was the 2022 Oscars?

The 94th Academy Awards took place on the evening of Sunday 27 March 2022.

For the second year in a row, the Oscars had been delayed due to the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the date for the 2022 ceremony pushed back from its usual February slot once again.

A nice upside for producers was that the postponement also handily avoided potential scheduling clashes with the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics, both of which took place in mid-February.

(Photo: Netflix)(Photo: Netflix)
(Photo: Netflix) | Netflix

The Awards were held at their usual Dolby Theatre location in Los Angeles, and largely returned to their pre-pandemic form.

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Who won?

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.

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.

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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, Troy Kotsur and Jessica Chastain pose with their Oscars in the press room at the 94th Annual Academy Awards (Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images )Ariana DeBose, Troy Kotsur and Jessica Chastain pose with their Oscars in the press room at the 94th Annual Academy Awards (Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images )
Ariana DeBose, Troy Kotsur and Jessica Chastain pose with their Oscars in the press room at the 94th Annual Academy Awards (Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images ) | Getty Images

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.”

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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.

The full list of 2022 Oscar winners can be found here.

How can I watch the Oscars?

The 2022 Oscars were available to watch live on Sky Cinema Oscars in the UK.

The usual highlights package show will be broadcast tonight (28 March) at 7pm BST on Sky Cinema.

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You will need a SkyTV subscription to be able to watch, which can be signed up to here.

Alternatively, a NOW TV package can be purchased. A Now Sky Cinema Pass will be required to watch the highlights package. Now TV currently offers a seven-day free trial here.

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