Oscars 2022 highlights, winners, surprises and more

The 94th edition of the Oscars, also known as Academy Awards, took place on Sunday, 27 March 2022, at the Dolby Theatre, Ovation Hollywood. It aired live on ABC network in more than 200 territories worldwide. American Actress Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Skyes hosted this year’s award ceremony.

Oscars 2022: Surprises and Highlights

The biggest surprise and the highlight of the 2022 ceremony has to be when American Comedian Chris Rock, who was a presenter, made a joke about actress Jada Pinkett. The GI Jane joke triggered her husband, Will Smith, which led to a physical confrontation between the two ending with Will slapping Chris Rock across the face as shown in the photo above.

After the conflict, he was announced the winner of Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in the movie King Richard. It was also his first-ever Oscar award win in his 36+ acting career.

Will Smith slaps Chris Rock at 2022 Oscars over GI Jane joke directed at Jada Pinkett
Will Smith slaps Chris Rock at 2022 Oscars over GI Jane joke directed at Jada Pinkett

Another first-time winner at this year’s ceremony is Jessica Chastain for her role in the biographical drama The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Meanwhile, Ariana DeBose also became the first Afro-Latina and the first openly queer woman of color to win an acting Oscar as she snatched Best Supporting Actress for her role in West Side Story.

Another surprise at this year’s ceremony was when American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish snagged her first-ever Oscar award alongside American singer-songwriter Finneas for Best Original Song “No Time To Die“, which serves as a soundtrack to the 25th James Bond film of the same name. Apart from winning the award in the category, the duo also delivered a breathtaking song performance.

Beyonce had opened the award ceremony with a colorful pre-recorded performance of the nominated King Richard soundtrack “Be Alive,” which was also nominated in the Best Original Song category.

More surprises and highlights include American rapper Megan Thee Stallion becoming the first female rapper to perform at the Oscars. She joins American singer Becky G and Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi alongside the cast of the critically-acclaimed animated Disney Movie Encanto to perform a new version of the hit song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.”

Megan Thee Stallion, Becky G, Luis Fonsi, and others performing "We Don't Talk About Bruno" at the 2022 Oscars.
Megan Thee Stallion, Becky G, Luis Fonsi, and others performing “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” at the 2022 Oscars.

This year’s ceremony drew 13.73 million viewers, representing a 32% increase from 2021’s ceremony.

Apple TV Plus became the first streaming service to win Best Picture for its movie CODA (or Child of deaf adults), which staved off heavy competition from Dune, King Richard, The Power of the Dog, , and others.

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Complete list of winners at the 2022 Oscars

Best Picture

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  • Belfast [Focus Features]
  • WinnerCODA [Apple Original Films]
  • Don’t Look Up [Netflix]
  • Drive My Car [Sideshow and Janus Films]
  • Dune [Warner Bros.]
  • King Richard [Warner Bros.]
  • Licorice Pizza [Metro Goldwyn Mayer/ United Artists Releasing]
  • Nightmare Alley [Searchlight]
  • The Power of the Dog [Netflix]
  • West Side Story [Walt Disney]

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Javier Bardem in “Being the Ricardos”
  • Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Power of the Dog”
  • Andrew Garfield in “tick, tick…BOOM”
  • Winner- Will Smith in  “King Richard”
  • Denzel Washington in “The Tragedy of Macbeth”

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Ciaran Hinds in “Belfast”
  • Winner- Troy Kotsur in “CODA”
  • Jesse Plemons in “The Power of the Dog”
  • J.K Simmons in “Being the Ricardos”
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee in “The Power of the Dog”

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Winner- Jessica Chastain in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”
  • Olivia Colman in “The Lost Daughter”
  • Penelope Cruz in “Parallel Mothers”
  • Nicole Kidman in “Being the Ricardos”
  • Kristen Stewart in “Spencer”

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Jessie Buckley in “The Lost Daughter”
  • Winner- Ariana DeBose in “West Side Story”
  • Judi Dench in “Belfast”
  • Kirsten Dunst in “The Power of the Dog”
  • Aunjanue Ellis in “King Richard”

Animated Feature Film

  • Winner- Encanto
  • Flee
  • Luca
  • The Mitchells vs. the Machines
  • Raya and the Last Dragon

Cinematography

  • Winner- Dune [Greig Fraser]
  • Nightmare Alley- Dan Laustsen
  • The Power of the Dog- Ari Wegner
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth- Bruno Delbonnel
  • West Side Story- Janusz Kaminski

Costume Design

  • Winner- Cruella [Jenny Beavan]
  • Cyrano- Massimo Cantinii Parrini and Jacqueline Durran
  • Dune- Jacqueline West and Robert Morgan
  • Nightmare Alley- Luis Sequeira
  • West Side Story- Paul Tazewell

Directing

  • Belfast – Kenneth Branagh
  • Drive My Car- Ryusuke Hamaguchi
  • Licorice Pizza- Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Winner- The Power of the Dog- Jane Campion
  • West Side Story- Steven Spielberg

Documentary [Feature]

  • Ascension
  • Attica
  • Flee
  • Winner- Summer of Soul […Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised]
  • Writing with Fire

Documentary [Short Subject]

  • Audible- Matt Ogens and Geoff McLean
  • Lead Me Home- Pedro Kos and Jon Shenk
  • Winner- The Queen of Basketball- Ben Proudfoot
  • Three Songs for Benazir- Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei
  • When We Were Bullies- Jay Rosenblatt

Film Editing

  • Don’t Look Up- Hank Corwin
  • Winner- Dune -Joe Walker
  • King Richard- Pamela Martin
  • The Power of the Dog- Peter Sciberras
  • tick, tick…BOOM- Myron Kerstein and Andrew Weisblum

International Feature Film

  • Winner- Drive My Car [Japan]
  • Flee- Denmark
  • The Hand of God- Italy
  • Lunana; A Yak in the Classroom- Bhutan
  • The Worst Person in the World- Norway

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Coming 2 America-Mike Marino, Stacey Morris, and Carla Farmer
  • Cruella- Nadia Stacey, Naomi Donne, and Julia Vernon
  • Dune- Donald Mowat, Love LARSON and Eva von Bahr
  • Winner-The Eyes of Tammy Faye- Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram, and Justin Raleigh
  • House of Gucci- Goran Lundstrom, Anna Carin Lock, and Frederic Aspiras

Music [Original Score]

  • Don’t Look Up- Nicholas Britell
  • Winner-Dune- Hans Zimmer
  • Encanto- Germaine Franco
  • Parallel Mothers- Alberto Iglesias
  • The Power of the Dog- Jonny Greenwood

Music [Original Song]

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  • “Be Alive” from “King Richard”- Music and Lyric by DIXSON and Beyonce Knowles-Carter
  • “Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto” -Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • “Down To Joy from “Belfast”-Music and Lyric by Van Morrison
  • Winner-“No Time To Die”from “No Time to Die”-Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’ Connell
  • “Somehow You Do” from “Four Good Days”- Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

Production Design

  • Winner-Dune [Production Design]; Patrice Vermette, Set Decoration; Zsuzsanna Sipos
  • Nightmare Alley– [Production Design]; Tamara Deverell, Set Decoration; Shane Vieau
  • The Power of the Dog- [Production Design]; Grant Major, Set Decoration; Amber Richards
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth- [Production Design]; Stefan Dechant, Set Decoration; Nancy Haigh
  • West Side Story-[Production Design]; Adam Stockhausen, Set Decoration; Rena DeAngelo

Short Film [Animated]

  • Affair of the Art- Joanna Quinn and Les Mills
  • Bestia- Hugo Covarrubias and Tevo Diaz
  • Boxballer-Anton Dyakov
  • Robin Robin- Dan Ojari and Mikey Please
  • Winner-The Windshield Wiper- Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez

Short Film [Live Action]

  • Ala Kachuu- Take and Run by Maria Brendle and Nadine Luchinger
  • The Dress- by Tadeusz Lysiak and Maciej
  • Winner-The Long Goodbye by Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed
  • On My Mind- Martin Strange-Hansen and Kim Magnusson
  • Please Hold- K.D Davila and Levin Menekse

Sound

  • Belfast- Denise Yarde, Simon Chase, James Mather, and Niv Adiri
  • Winner-DuneMac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill, and Ron Bartlett
  • No Time to Die- Simon Hayes, Oliver Tarney, James Harrison, Paul Massey, and Mark Taylor
  • The Power of the Dog- Richard Flynn, Robert Mackenzie, and Tara Webb
  • West Side Story- Tod A. Maitland, Gary Rydstrom, Brian Chumney, Andy Nelson, and Shawn Murphy

Visual Effects

  • Winner-Dune, Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor, and Gerd Nefzer
  • Free Guy- Swen Gillberg,Bryan Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis and Dan Sudick
  • No Time to Die- Charlie Noble, Joel Green, Jonathan Fawkner, and Chris Corbould
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings- Christopher Townsend, Joe Farrell, Sean Noel Walker, and Dan Oliver.
  • Spider-Man; No Way Home- Kelly Port, Chris Waegner, Scott Edelstein and Dan Sudick

Writing [Adapted Screenplay]

  • Winner– CODA- Screenplay by Sian Heder
  • Drive My Car- Screenplay by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe
  • Dune- Screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Denis Villeneuve
  • The Lost Daughter- Written by Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • The Power of the Dog-Written by Jane Campion

Writing [Original Screenplay]

  • Winner- Belfast written by Kenneth Branagh
  • Don’t Look Up- Screenplay by Adam Mckay, Story by Adam McKay and David Sirota.
  • King Richard- Written by Zach Baylin
  • Licorice Pizza- Written by Paul Thomas Anderson
  • The Worst Person in the World- Written by Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier

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