The 94th Academy Awards: Hosts Shout “Gay Gay Gay,” Drama, Politics and the Stage -The 94th Academy Awards: Will Smith Smacks Chris Rock and wins Best Actor


    Host-less for good, the 3 hour ABC program featured not one , but three left-wing stars, actress-comedians: Amy Shumer, Wanda Sykes, and Nine Perfect Strangers star Regina Hall. As with all Oscars in the past decade, it was mired in controversy. Cutting eight awards and accepting speeches, such as makeup and hairstyling, from the live broadcast set off a furore and more than 70 Oscar winners including James Cameron, Kathleen Kennedy, and Guillermo del Toro, warned that the move could turn certain nominees into “second-class citizens.”

    The broadcasts began at 7 p.m. They cut to a live broadcast that the producer Will Packer promised would be three hours of tightness.

    There was a report that presenter Amy Schumer lobbied to land an appearance of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy. It's not clear if this will be the case, but the actor Sean Penn called for a boycott of the broadcast if Zelenskyy failed to appear. Producer Will Packer has said the conflict within Ukraine will be acknowledged with respect during the show.

    There's a difference: Hollywood celebrities will not be wearing masks on Sunday. But preschoolers from the Los Angeles Unified School District are still being required to wear masks when they are inside.

    As one of the most anticipated winners, Netflix's The Power of the Dog, Jane Campion's gothic western, has an impressive 12 nominations and has a decent chance of winning the most coveted award. However, all the attention is on Sian Heder's deaf-blind family drama CODA, and even though it has only three nominations, is considered to be the most popular. If it wins, it would be an accomplishment to Apple TV+, which bought the film from the Sundance Film Festival last year and has been spending a significant amount of time marketing the film for academy membership.

    However, the biggest of the awards will be given to  Dune, Denis Villeneuve's epic science-fiction epic. It's the most likely choice to win in the technical categories.

    One of the most important questions is how the event will garner the attention of the world on the night of Hollywood self-congratulation, two years after the onset of a deadly pandemic, and as the war in Russia ravages Ukraine. The show — as with other awards shows — has seen its audience drop off of a steep cliff. In the past, it was a time when nearly 40 million viewers tuned in. Recently the show that is famous for its sappy speeches, that are awash in self-pity, has ramped up the political preaching and positive signals from the awards stage. The show last year drew less than 10 million viewers, an astonishing drop from the nearly 23 million who viewed it one year prior.

    Producers are making every effort. An array of Instagram influencers are on hand to encourage younger viewers to tune in for the live broadcast on ABC. Producers have also arranged for an impressive group of stars such as Billie Eilish and Beyonce to sing nominated songs, and the Encanto cast will perform Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit song “We Don't Talk About Bruno.”

    Another “Hail Mary” is the inclusion of a newly created “fan favorite” prize voted for by the general public; it was introduced following blockbusters like Spider Man: No Way Home and Bond film No Time To Die. 

    What will happen? It's time to find out.

    11.45 p.m. -That's everything.

    11:34 p.m. -The Oscar for Best Picture goes to Coda

    11.23 p.m. -The Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role is awarded to Jessica Chastain.

    11.21 p.m. -The Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling goes to The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

    11.10 p.m. -The Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role is given to Will Smith.

    11:15 p.m. -The Oscar for Best Director is awarded to Jane Campion.

    10:00 p.m. -The award for Best Original Song goes to Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell.

    10:30 p.m. – Chris Rock took the stage and joked that he cannot wait to see Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, on GI Jane 2. The crowd chuckled and the camera pans towards Will Smith, who walked through the crowd, turned around and slapped Chris Rock.

    “Keep my wife's name out of your f*** mouth!” Smith demanded.

    “Okay. I will.” a stunned Rock said.

    10.12. p.m.-The Oscar for Best Original Score goes to Hans Zimmer.

    10.04. p.m. -The Oscar in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay goes to Sian Heder.

    9:00 p.m. -The Oscar for the Best Original Screenplay goes to Kenneth Kenneth Branagh.

    9:45 p.m. -The Oscar for Best Costume Design goes to Jenny Beavan.

    9:43 p.m. -The Oscar for Live Action Short Film goes to The Long Goodbye.

    9.31 p.m.- The Oscar for Best International Feature Film goes to Drive My Car.

    9.21 p.m. -The Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role is awarded to Troy Kotsur (CODA).

    9.03 p.m. -The Oscar for Best Animated Feature goes to Encanto.

    8.48 p.m. -The Oscar for Best Visual Effects goes to Dune.

    8:45 p.m. -The Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject goes to The Queen of Basketball.

    8.38 p.m. -The Oscar for Best Cinematography goes to Greig Fraser.

    8.34 p.m. The Oscar for Best Sound goes to Dune.

    8.23 p.m. The Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role is awarded to Ariana DeBose.

    8.13 p.m. -It only took a couple of minutes before the political bombs were removed from the Oscars stage.

    “We're going to have a great night tonight. And for you people in Florida, we're going to have a gay night.” declared Wanda Sykes, as Schumer and Hall began for a rousing “Gay! Gay! Gay! Gay!”

    “Damn that Mitch McConnell” said Wanda Sykes after Regina Hall responded in response to Regina Hall saying “This year we saw a frightening display of how toxic masculinity turned into cruelty toward women and children.”

    8.09 p.m. -“This year, the Academy employed 3 women for the role of hosting the event because it's less expensive than hiring a single male.” Amy Schumer tells in a parody of the wage gap between females and males.

    The pop star Beyonce opened the 94th Academy Awards with a live performance of her Oscar-nominated song “Be Alive” from the Williams sisters' film King Richard. The Grammy winner sang in a room surrounded by dancing dancers and a live band performing on Venus as well as Serena Williams' hometown tennis courts in Compton, California.

    8:30 p.m. — Showtime

    7:58 p.m. -Celebrities are streaming onto the Dolby Theater just moments before the show starts.

    7:36 – The Oscar in the category of Best Makeup and Hairstyling goes to The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

    7:35 p.m. -The Oscar for Best Production Design goes to Dune.

    7:29 p.m. -7:29 p.m.The Oscar for Best Film Editing goes to Dune.

    7:28 p.m. -The Oscar in the category of Best Original Score goes to Dune.

    7:24 p.m. -The Oscar for Short Film (Live Action) is given to The Long Goodbye.

    7:24 p.m. -The Oscar for Best Short (Animated) goes to The Windshield Wiper.

    7:24 p.m. -The Oscar for Documentary (Short Subject) is awarded to The Queen of Basketball.

    7:22 p.m. -The Oscar for Best Sound goes to Dune.

    7.07 p.m. – King Richard star Will Smith and his wife actress Jada Pinkett Smith were met by a roar when they walked onto the red carpet. Will Smith is the strong favorite for best actor for the role of father to tennis players Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard.

    6:30 p.m. -Host Wanda Sykes to expect some “love taps” during her hosting segment.

    6.21 p.m.- Halloween‘s biggest Star Jamie Lee Curtis hit the red carpet earlier in the evening wearing blue ribbons, which she says is a way to show solidarity with refugees fleeing from the conflict in Ukraine.

    The first red carpet guests are the 94th year Academy Awards were producer Will Packer, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos, and director Jane Campion, whose Netflix drama The Power of the Dog has twelve nominations in the top spot. The cast of Best Picture favorite CODA, Dune star Timothee Chalamet, and Jessica Chastain, a nominee for The Eyes of Tammy Faye also arrived. 

    4:30p.m. -With the majority of COVID-19 restrictions lifted, The Academy Awards are rolling out the red carpet at Los Angeles' Dolby Theater for the first time since the beginning of 2019.



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