This Academy Awards made noise this year not because of the golden trophies or the charming stars on the red carpet. It was Will Smith who became the talk of the town after punching Chris Rock on the stage during the live ceremony. However, there’s a lot more that happened. Here’s your recap of Oscars 2022:
1. Some of the biggest names of Hollywood showed on the red carpet. Simu Liu rocked this red tuxedo which he paired with gold accessory accents and black patent loafers:
2. Love was all in the air as some absolutely gorgeous couples showed up in coordinating outfits. Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz looked stunning in their matching black ensembles:
3. Beyoncé commenced the award night with a performance of her nominated track, “Be Alive,” from the movie King Richard.
4. Then showed up DJ Khaled who enthusiastically introduced the host for the night: Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and Regina Hall.
5. The trio took aim at the Academy and started right away with their puns on all the nominated films and the actors present there.
6. While several awards handed weren’t aired on TV, the first award of the night on the show was ‘Best Supporting Actress’ which Ariana DeBose bagged for her performance in West Side Story.
7. The biggest winner of the night was Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi film Dune. It won a total of SIX awards throughout the night, including Best Sound, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, and Best Production Design.
8. Amy Schumer took some jabs at Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio when she performed her solo set
9. Encanto, which won the award for Best Animated Feature was presented by three of the four live-action Disney Princesses and we think that’s beautiful.
10. Regina Hall exhibited her flirting skills when she shared the stage with four dapper men of Hollywood (Simu Liu, Bradley Cooper, Tyler Perry, and Timothée Chalamet).
11. Troy Kotsur bagged the award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in CODA. He made history by becoming the second deaf actor to win in an acting category and the first-ever deaf male actor to win in an acting category.
12. When Director/cowriter Ryusuke Hamaguchi came up on the stage to receive the award for his film Drive My Car which won Best International Feature, he expertly told the play-off music to wait for a second:
13. Wanda Sykes gave us a quick and silly tour inside the incredibly esteemed $482 million Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
14. Riz Ahmed made history as he became the first Muslim and the first person of Asian descent to take home an Oscar for Best Live Action Short for The Long Goodbye.
15. We were regaled with a performance of the hottest movie track “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from Encanto, which included a surprise remix verse by Megan Thee Stallion.
16. Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall returned to the crowd and gave away some very literal “consolation prizes” with their chucklesome jokes.
17. We saw persistence as James Bond movie songs took home the gold another time this year. Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell were awarded the Oscar for Best Original Song for 007 titular tune “No Time to Die.”