Shocks, a lack of surprises, and a slap! But did your favorite win?
I’m saying nothing about the slap heard around the world. Or the verbal spat that has occurred after it. But sadly, this year’s Academy Awards will undoubtedly be remembered for it. Will it do damage to Will Smith’s career? I seriously doubt it. But what the ceremony should be remembered for is the acceptance finally of diversity. And for awarding someone with disabilities a hugely deserved award. And, of course, for the lack of surprises that the Academy sprung.
If you’d have said that ‘Coda’ would win the Best Picture award around a month ago, you’d have been laughed out of town. But the film had the momentum going for it coming into the ceremony and so, it can’t be considered a real shock.
BEST DIRECTOR-JANE CAMPION
I predicted that Kenneth Branagh would win for ‘Belfast.’ But Jane Campion was a deserved winner for her directing ‘The Power Of The Dog.’
BEST ACTOR-WILL SMITH
To be honest, I think Will Smith should have won an Oscar years ago for ‘Ali.’ But it was his time this year as he scooped the Best Actor Oscar for ‘King Richard.’
BEST ACTRESS-JESSICA CHASTAIN
I’m going to be honest, I’ve yet to see her performance in ‘The Eyes Of Tammy Faye.’ But again, I thought Jessica Chastain should have won the Oscar a few years back. But from what I hear, she is a worthy winner.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR-TROY KOTSUR (CODA)
Now, I have to admit, I cheered when he won the award. Not only for his performance in the film but also for becoming the first deaf male actor to scoop the Oscar.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS-ARIANA DEBOSE (WEST SIDE STORY)
Sixty years after Rita Moreno won the same award for the same role in the 1961 version of the film, Ariana DeBose takes home the award for her performance as Anita in the Steven Spielberg remake.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY-KENNETH BRANAGH (BELFAST)
This one was a shoo-in. The semi-autobiographical film deserved the Oscar hands down.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY-SIAN HEDER (CODA)
A popular win for the American writer and filmmaker. Her inspired adapted screenplay for the remake of the French film ‘La Famille Belier’ was a deserved winner.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM-ENCANTO
It just had to be, didn’t it? The film was always destined to win the Oscar.
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE-HANS ZIMMER (DUNE)
The German composer scooped the Oscar for his haunting music to the Denis Villeneuve science fiction epic.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG-BILLIE EILISH (NO TIME TO DIE)
You could have staked your home on Billie Eilish taking home the Oscar for her brilliant and haunting theme song to the James Bond film. To be honest, there wasn’t another original song that could beat it. And I think it was well deserved.
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS-DUNE
Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini. Theo Green, Doug Hemphill. And Ron Bartlett went home with an Oscar each for their sterling work on the epic movie.
BEST COSTUME DESIGN-JENNY BEAVAN (CRUELLA)
The third Oscar for the English costume designer for her work on the Disney movie.
DUNE IS THE BIG WINNER
Out of all the films that were nominated and which won awards, it was ‘Dune’ that became the big winner. Out of its ten nominations, the film took home six awards. Adding to Hans Zimmer’s win for best score, and the visual effects team win, the film went home with Best Sound. Best Film Editing, Best Production Design. And Best Cinematography. It bodes well for the 2024 awards, thanks to the sequel ‘Dune: Part Two’ being on the horizon. I expect Denis Villeneuve to scoop the Oscar for Best Director for that film. Why? Because in the same vein as ‘The Lord Of The Rings.’ trilogy, the big awards are being held back until the story is complete.
Was it a vintage year? Highly debatable. Did the right people go home with the awards they deserved? Probably. Of course, THAT one moment will define this year’s awards, even though it shouldn’t. But with the finale of this year’s award ceremonies now over, we can sit back and see what will be gaining nominations for next year’s awards. Hollywood’s big night of 2022 will be remembered for the slap heard around the world. And sadly, not for some of the quality, it SHOULD be remembered for.
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Carl Roberts is the News Editor of The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter where he uses the force frequently!