2022 Oscars Recap

Hannah Logullo

This past Sunday, at the Dolby Theatre, the 94th Academy Awards, more commonly known as the Oscars, took place. Despite the 15.4 million people tuned in to watch the awards, this year’s show was the “second least viewed of all time.” Although there was a decrease in viewership, the Oscars was still an eventful night. 

The night started off with several eye-catching looks from celebrities and TikToker’s, alike, on the red-carpet. For example, Zoë Kravitz wore Saint Laurent, Kristen Stewart wore Channel, Timothee Chalemet wore Louis Vitton, Zendaya wore Valentino and so many more. This year the awards were hosted by Regina Hall, Amy Schumer  and Wanda Sykes. The hosts made it a night all about celebration, by honoring 50 years of the movie The Godfather film franchise and 60 years of the James Bond film franchise. Before ending the opening dialogue portion of the show, Skyes promised to “have a gay night,” making a direct statement about the newly passed “Don’t Say Gay” bill in the Florida Legislature. 

The cast of the animated feature film winner, Encanto, performed “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.” There were also performances from Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, FINNEAS, and Megan Thee Stallion. The movie Dune won six awards, including one for Best Cinematography. The movie Coda, won 4 awards in total including Best Picture. Coda was also the first movie from a streaming service to win Best Picture. Billie Eilish and her brother FINNEAS won Best Original Song for their song No Time To Die from the newest James Bond film. Ariana Debose made history as the first openly-queer Afro-Latina woman to win Best Supporting Actress in Stephen Spielberg’s West Side Story

Finally this article would be remiss if the drama with Chris Rock’s joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia was not mentioned, which caused Will Smith to rush on stage and slap Rock. However, Smith later apologized for what he did in his acceptance speech, for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his movie King Richard.  

The 2022 Oscars was an eventful night, not only for the drama, but for the red-carpet looks, the music, the comedic scenes and most importantly the awards.