Oscars 2022: The Highlights

Oscars 2022

The 94th Academy Awards ceremony (2022) was  aired and watched by movie fans all over the world. Regardless of the ups and downs the Academy Awards have had in recent years, or the criticism it has received, the truth remains that it is still the most prestigious event in all of cinema, and that is unlikely to change anytime soon.

So, if you, like us, can't get enough of this year's Oscars ceremony, you've come to the perfect spot since we've compiled a special list of Oscar winners who surprised or even outraged the public during the prestigious Overall, things went pretty much as planned, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure.

Take a look at the following

Best Picture: CODA

This Sian Heder written/directed movie made history by becoming the first streaming platform-produced film to win an award and become part of an otherwise highly elite and closed group of movies. If you have followed the Oscars closely over the years, you must have realised how there has been a continuous debate over whether streaming platforms should be included in this highly prestigious race. 

The Apple TV+ movie also made history by being the first Oscar winning movie to feature a cast that consisted mainly of deaf actors.

Best Actor: Will Smith For King Richard


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Will Smith had already created buzz worthy news with his on stage antics earlier. The actor made headlines again, after winning the Best Actor for his performance as Richard Williams, father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams, in King Richard. This is his first Oscar. He had been nominated twice before for Best Actor, one in 2007 for A Pursuit of Happyness and in 2002 for Ali.

Best Actress: Jessica Chastain for The Eyes of Tammy Faye

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Jessica Chastain won the Best Actress award for her performance as Tammy Faye Bakker, wife of controversial televangelist Jim Bakker, in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, a biopic focussing on the conflicted relationship of the Bakkers. The talented actress had already garnered several accolades for her role in the movie before this, but this one holds a special significance: It was the actress’ first Oscar.

Best Director: Jane Champion for The Power Of The Dog

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Director Jane Campion was awarded the Best Director for her work ‘The Power of the Dog’. She became the third woman, after Chloé Zhao ( Nomadland in 2021) and Katheryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker in 2010), to win the Best Director award. Her film, for which she also wrote the screenplay for, altogether had a total of 12 nominations at the ceremony.


Best Supporting Actor: Tony Kastur for CODA

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In what became one of the most heart-warming moments of the ceremony, overshadowed by the Will Smith-Chris Rock drama, actor Tony Kastur won the Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Frank Rossi in CODA. The actor is the second deaf actor to win this award.

Best Supporting Actress: Ariana DeBose for West Side Story

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Following her predecessor, Rita Moreno, who won the same award for the same role in the same musical 60 years earlier, Ariana DeBose won the Best Supporting Actress for her role as Anita in the Steven Spielberg directed West Side Story.

Best Original Screenplay: Belfast

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Kenneth Branagh won his first Academy Award, when he received the Best Original Screenplay for his film, Belfast.

Best Adapted Screenplay: CODA


The Power of the Dog,  was once again beaten by CODA.

Best Animated Short Film: The Windshield Wiper


While many expected Robin Robin to win, The Windshield Wiper managed to pull off an upset.

The Queen of Basketball – Best Documentary Short

Until The Queen of Basketball surprised everyone, Three Songs of Benazir was the leader.

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