Will Smith Taps Chris Rock Mars CODA Best Picture Oscar

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CHICAGO – Usually these Oscar summaries are ordinary. But in a shocking event at the 94th Academy Awards, eventual Best Actor winner Will Smith slapped presenter Chris Rock after Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Oh, and by the way, CODA wins Best Picture in a historic honor.

Chris Rock’s joke referenced Jada’s hairline…apparently he didn’t know she was diagnosed with alopecia, which includes hair loss. He asked, referring to her bare scalp, if she should star in GI JOAN 2 (Editor’s note: I thought she had been a young recruit in GI JOAN the original). Will Smith objected to the remark, took the stage and slapped Rock. the ABCTV the stream beeped, but the international streams caught Rock reacting, saying, “Will Smith just kicked the shit out of me.” Smith, not finished, shouted from his seat “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.” Rock finally said, “I’ll do it.” He then gave the Oscar for BETTER DOCUMENTARY (“Summer of Soul (…Or when the revolution couldn’t be televised)”).

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The slap seen around the world
Photo credit: ABCTV

Besides the BETTER PICTURE win for CODA – a feel-good film featuring hearing and deaf actors – and BETTER ACTOR Will Smith for “King Richard”, Jessica Chastain brought home BETTER ACTRESS for “The eyes of Tammy Faye”. Jane Campion received the third Oscar in history for female filmmakers, winning BETTER DIRECTOR for “The Power of the Dog”.

Ariana DeBose proved her triple threat credibility and won BETTER PROOF ACTRESS for “West Side Story” (a repeat of Rita Moreno’s win for the same role/category 60 years earlier). And in arguably the most moving speech of the night, Troy Kotsur won BETTER PROOF ACTOR playing a deaf dad in “CODA(he is hard of hearing in real life). His sign language speech included an elegy to his father and acknowledgment that the award was dedicated to the disability community. “Dune” won six awards, for BETTER ORIGINAL SCORE, EDITING, VISUAL EFFECTS, PRODUCTION PATTERN, CINEMATOGRAPHY and HIS.

But it will be The Slap that will be remembered the most.

Full list of winners…

BETTER PICTURE
CODA



BETTER ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain THE THE EYES OF TAMMY faye



BETTER ACTOR
Will Smith KING RICHARD



BETTER PROOF ACTRESS
Ariana DeBose WEST SIDE NARRATIVE



BETTER PROOF ACTOR
Troy Kotsur CODA

BETTER DIRECTOR
Jeanne Campion THE POWER OF THE DOG


CODA is the best picture at the 94th Academy Awards
Photo credit: Apple TV+

ADAPTED SCRIPT
CODA screenplay by Siân Heder

ORIGINAL SCRIPT
BELFAST by Kenneth Branagh

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
ENCANTO

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
SUMMER OF SOUL (… OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD DO NOT BE TELEVISED)”, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM
CONDUCT MY SELF (Japan)

ORIGINAL SONG
“No Time to Die” from NOPE WEATHER FOR TO DIE music/lyrics by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell

ORIGINAL SCORE
DUNE Hans Zimmer

ANIMATED SHORT
THE WINDSHIELD WIPER Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez

INHABIT STOCK SHORT
THE LONG GOODBYE Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed



DOCUMENTARY SHORT
THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL Ben Proudfoot

FILM EDITING
DUNE Joe Walker

HIS
DUNE



PRODUCTION PATTERN
DUNE



VISUAL EFFECTS
DUNE



BETTER CINEMATOGRAPHY
DUNE Greig Fraser



RECONCILE AND HAIR STYLING
THE THE EYES OF TAMMY faye

SUIT PATTERN
CRUEL Jenny Beavan

© 2022 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com
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