As expected, the Academy Awards offered an array of entertainment, excitement and a bit of drama. Would we want it any other way? The Oscars have always been a fanfare of acknowledgement, celebrity sightings, new movies and comedy, and this year was no different.
Let’s revisit the winners, including the coveted Best Picture category, the moments, the reunions and other movies to watch from here.
And the Winner Is…
For the larger categories and beyond, there were the expected nods – we’re looking at you, Encanto, as well as some surprises and firsts, including a well-deserved award for beloved drummer of The Roots, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson for Summer of Love.
Best Picture – CODA
Best Actor – Will Smith, King Richard
Best Actress – Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Best Original Song – No Time to Die, Billie Eilish, Finneas
Best Animated Feature – Encanto
Best Director – Jane Campion
International Feature Film – Drive My Car
Best Supporting Actress – Ariana DeBose, West Side Story
Best Supporting Actor – Troy Kotsur, CODA
Best Original Screenplay – Belfast
Best Adapted Screenplay – CODA
Best Documentary Feature – Summer of Soul
On the Red Carpet
DirecTV partnered with Variety to capture some red carpet style, clever quips and quick insights from stars like Ariana DeBose, Andrew Garfield, Nicole Kidman and more.
Of course, one of the highlights of the 94th Annual Academy Awards was the infamous, slap felt around the world. Just ahead of accepting his Best Actor award, Will Smith walked on stage and slapped Chris Rock after he made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair – or lack thereof – which she recently disclosed is caused by alopecia. But this event wasn’t the only noteworthy moment of the evening.
Aligning with tradition, time was spent to pay homage to films of the past. Throughout the night, mini reunions took place to acknowledge the movies of yesteryear. Uma Thurman, John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson came together to present Best Actor and celebrate 28 years since Pulp Fiction. To commemorate 30 years since White Men Can’t Jump, Wesley Snipes, Rosie Perez and Woody Harrelson presented Best Cinematography together. Jennifer Garner, Elliot Page and J.K. Simmons presented Best Original Screenplay, which their film, Juno won back in 2008. And to acknowledge 50 years since the classic film aired, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino had a makeshift, The Godfather reunion.
A Night of Firsts
Making its grand return to a hosted event, this year’s Oscars event was hosted by Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Regina Hall. But that wasn’t the only first of the evening. Questlove won his first Oscar for his directorial debut on Summer of Soul and Ariana DeBose became the first Afro-Latina, and the first openly queer woman of color, to win an acting Oscar for her role in West Side Story.
The Oscars may be over for the year, but there are still plenty of other reasons to watch good movies all year long.
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