CODA wins best film, Will Smith beats Chris Rock

The film CODA has become the big surprise at the presentation of the Oscars. The coming-of-age film about a teenage girl in a family that also consists of deaf people won the prizes for best film, best screenplay and best supporting actor. Actor Troy Kotsur, who plays the father in the film, is the first deaf male actor to win an Oscar. CODA is also the first film from a streaming service to take home the top prize at the Oscars.

Most of the awards went to the sci-fi movie Dune, which won six frames. However, it was all about technical categories. Dune received the statuettes for best music, sound, editing, camera work, special effects and production design. The film tells of a brilliant young man who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to secure the future of his family and people.

The film that received the most nominations, The Power of the Dog, received only one Oscar. Jane Campion won the award for best director. She is the third woman in history to receive this honor.

Fucking mouth

However, the awards ceremony was overshadowed by an incident between Chris Rock and Will Smith. Rock joked about the hair of Jada Pinkett Smith, Will’s wife who suffers from alopecia. Smith stormed onto the stage and punched Rock hard in the jaw. “Don’t put my wife’s name in your fucking mouth anymore!” shouted Smith. The incident created a strange atmosphere in the room. Many in attendance did not seem to know how to respond.

Smith came back to the incident when he later won the Best Actor statuette. He received the award for his role as Richard Williams, the father of the tennis sisters Serena and Venus Williams. Tears rolled down his cheeks during Smith’s acceptance speech. He apologized to the Academy for an incident earlier in the evening. Smith made no apologies to Rock.

“Art imitates life, I now look like a crazy father too, just as it was said of Richard Williams,” said the actor. “Love makes you do crazy things. I am deeply overwhelmed at this time in my life. And by the things God wants me to do in the world right now. I am called to love and protect people. “


Jessica Chastain was voted best film actress of the past year. She won for her role in the biopic The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Tammy Faye was the wife of a televangelist, with whom she set up a hugely lucrative Christian television channel. Her husband Jim Bakkum, who was secretly gay, was eventually convicted of large-scale fraud. In her speech, Chastain drew attention to the LGBTI community and people who struggle with suicidal thoughts.

During the opening monologue, the three presenters also lashed out at Florida, where the Don’t Say Gay law, which prohibits lessons about sexual diversity, has caused a lot of commotion. “To everyone in Florida, we’re going to have a gay night tonight,” Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes assured viewers. Then they repeated the word gay several times in succession. The controversial law led to many protests within the Walt Disney group because the top boss did not speak out against the law for weeks.

Rita Moreno

Ariana DeBose, who won the Supporting Actress award, also spoke up for the LGBTI community. She won the statuette for her portrayal of Anita in the remake of the West Side Story. What is special is that Rita Moreno, the actress who played the role of Anita in the original version of the West Side Story, also won an Oscar there in 1962.

DeBose also thanked Moreno in her speech “because you paved the way for so many other Anitas like me”. The actress emphasized the opportunities she has been given as a queer actress of color in Hollywood. “There’s a place for us,” she concluded, a reference to one of the most famous songs from the West Side Story. The 31-year-old is the first openly gay woman of color to ever win an Oscar.

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