The 94th Academy Awards were held last evening during what was perhaps one of the most eventful ceremonies in recent memory.
While Will Smith may have stolen the show for all the wrong reasons, this year’s Oscars were determined for some redemption after last year’s abysmal viewership ratings (a plunge of 56%).
Though there were few surprises in the results at this year’s awards, female filmmakers enjoyed a historic number of wins. Among them was Jane Campion’s selection as Best Director for her acclaimed western, The Power of the Dog – becoming the third female to ever secure the award.
Taking home the award for Best Supporting Actress was West Side Story actress Ariana DeBose, becoming the first queer woman of colour to ever win in the category. Jessica Chastain took Best Actress for her performance in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, which also won the award for Makeup and Hairstyling.
Winning the night’s biggest category was CODA, the acclaimed drama focusing on the life of the only hearing member of a deaf family, which took the award for Best Picture. Director Sian Heder also claimed the award for Best Adapted Screenplay, while Troy Kotsur took Best Supporting Actor.
Celebrating his first Oscar win despite the altercation earlier in the evening, Smith claimed the award for Best Actor in King Richard.
Dune became the big winner of the night, taking home six of its ten nominations for Best Visual Effects, Cinematography, Production Design, Editing, Sound and Original Score.
The Queen of Basketball and Summer of Soul won Best Short Documentary and Documentary Feature respectively, while Drive My Car won Best International Feature, The Windshield Wiper took Best Animated Short and The Long Goodbye won Best Live Action Short.