Here are 10 things about the 2019 Academy Awards that we liked. Oscars 2022.
Yes, at the 94th Academy Awards, Will Smith slapped Chris Rock and survived to tell the tale. Chris Rock in particular is still reeling from Slapgate, and there were some other fairly significant things that happened at the Oscars. Anita from West Side Story still rocks as hard as she did six decades ago, the In Memoriam tribute was incredibly moving, and Hollywood wore their hearts on their sleeves for Ukraine. A lot of it had to do with CODA. Here are 10 aspects of this year's Academy Awards that we liked.
35 years after Marlee Matlin, CODA's Troy Kotsur became the second actor with a hearing impairment to win an Oscar. He has hearing impairments, making him the first male actor to win. Troy Kotsur was given a standing ovation and signed applause for winning Best Supporting Actor.
The Power Of The Dog received several nominations, but CODA, the first streaming movie to win Best Picture, defeated it to claim the honor. Its ensemble, which includes Troy Kotsur and Marlee Matlin, is primarily deaf.
First-time winners Will Smith, Jessica Chastain (Best Actress), Troy Kotsur, and Ariana DeBose took home all four acting Oscars (Best Supporting Actress). Kenneth Branagh and other first-time winners (Best Original Screenplay for Belfast). No Time To Die, from the Bond movie of the same name, won a joint Oscar for Best Original Song, which thrilled Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell.
Ariana DeBose and Rita Moreno, two women who were born 60 years apart, both won Best Supporting Actress Oscars for their performances as Anita in West Side Story. The musical adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg also features Ms. Moreno.
Everyone was thinking of Ukraine, and celebrities like Jamie Lee Curtis and Mila Kunis wore blue ribbons to show their support. After a speech by Mila, who is of Ukrainian descent, the Oscars went silent for 30 seconds before the screen faded to black.
In addition to the customary montage and music, the In Memoriam tribute had presenters speaking about some of those being honored. Tyler Perry referred to the late and legendary Sidney Poitier with the words "For you sir, with love." Betty White received praise from Jamie Lee Curtis. Ivan Reitman from Ghostbusters was mentioned by Bill Murray.
Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro appeared for The Godfather, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary. John Travolta and Uma Thurman reenacted their famous dance from Pulp Fiction during a reunion, and JK Simmons, Jennifer Garner, and Elliott Page appeared for Juno, which had been released 15 years earlier. Rosie Perez, Wesley Snipes, and Woody Harrelson from White Man Can't Jump also presented together.
With Lady Gaga, 76-year-old wheelchair-bound Liza Minelli presented the final Oscar for Best Picture. Lady Gaga praised the Hollywood icon who won the Best Actress Oscar for the film Cabaret, which is also celebrating 50 years, saying, "The audience, they love you."
The Academy's popular awards this year, "Fan Favorite" and "Cheer Moment," didn't exactly go as they had hoped. Instead of Spider-Man: No Way Home, fans chose two Zack Snyder movies as their favorites: Army of the Dead won "Fan Favorite" and the Speed Force moment from Justice League won "Cheer Moment."
Despite Will Smith, what was your favorite Oscar moment this year?