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It’s important to recognize the unsung achievements of the 2022 Oscar winners. The highly anticipated 94th Academy Awards took place March 27 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. The Oscars, hosted annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, began May 16, 1929. Films this year were considered eligible if released between March 1 and December 31, 2021. The hosts were actress Regina Hall and comedians Wanda Sykes and Amy Schumer. Controversy was at the center of the awards ceremony, distracting attention from the success of films like Coda.
Coda, an Apple TV+ movie, centers on Ruby Rossi (Emilia Jones) who is the hearing child of deaf adults. Coda ended up earning all three nominations: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Troy Kostur received the Best Supporting Actor award for his performance as Frank Rossi. It is a defining moment in the history of cinema as he is the first deaf man to win an Oscar for acting. This film not only made waves by including a mostly Deaf cast, but was also the top and lowest grossing film due to being free on a streaming service. Sian Heder won Best Adapted Screenplay as a screenwriter and director for Coda and also won the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The screenplay was based on the Franco-Belgian initiation film The Aries Family.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Dunes managed to get the most rewards. It had ten nominations and won six awards; Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design and Best Visual Effects. This is composer Hans Zimmer’s second Oscar for Best Original Score (his other being The Lion King In 1994). It’s also editor Joe Walker’s first Oscar after being nominated for Best Film Editing two other times, once with 12 years of slavery in 2013 then again with Arrival in 2016.
by Netflix The power of the dog topped Dune’s nominations, placing in a total of twelve categories, but only managed to win one Academy Award for Best Director. The director, Jane Campion, is the third woman to win this category and the first to receive multiple nominations for it. There are other notable achievements this year, such as Best Live Action Short Film, The long goodbye, written by Riz Ahmed and Aneil Karia. While Aneil directed the short film, Ahmen was the lead, who is the first Muslim and Asian person to win this award.
Although it was announced that Will Smith has now resigned from the Academy, he was also the fifth black man to win the Best Actor award. He starred as Richard Williams, who was the father of successful tennis players Serena and Venus Williams, in the biopic King Richard.
In his speech of thanks for The Long Farewell, Riz Ahmed said: “In these divided times, we believe the role of history is to remind us that there is no ‘us’ and ‘them’. There is only “us”. It really shows what the purpose of the film is – the ability to share stories of representation and connect people from different backgrounds and cultures.