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the Oscars moments that weren’t Will Smith’s slap

The wins

Ariana DeBose became the first queer woman of color to ever win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. She was honored for her magnetic, film-stealing turn as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s 2021 vivid West Side Story remake – a role which won Rita Moreno a statuette 60 years ago, in 1962.

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Beating out performances by Kirsten Dunst, Jessie Buckley, Aunjanue Ellis, and even Dame Judi Dench herself, DeBose accepted her award in billowing red trousers, as she described herself as an “openly queer woman of color, an Afro Latina who found her strength in life through art.”

Streaming cemented its heavyweight status as Apple TV+’s CODA took Best Picture – the first-ever film distributed by a streaming service to win the biggest Oscar of the night. The gong was presented by Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli.

An independent film made on a budget of $10 million, and bought by Apple at the Sundance Film Festival where it premiered, it is only the third film made by a woman to receive the award (writer and director Sian Heder also won Best Adapted Screenplay for the film).

CODA – which takes its name from the term for the “children of deaf adults” – stars Emilia Jones (daughter of singer and TV presenter Aled) as Ruby Rossi, an aspiring singer and the only hearing member of a deaf family.

Troy Kotsur accepts the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for CODA (PhotoRobyn Beck/AFP via Getty)

It also took one of the night’s major acting awards: Best Supporting Actor went to Troy Kotsur, who plays Ruby’s father Frank. This was another groundbreaking win: Kotsur is only the second deaf actor (and the first deaf male actor) to win an Academy Award. The first was his CODA co-star Marlee Matlin, who won Best Actress in 1986 for her performance in Children of a Lesser God.

Speaking in sign language on stage, with his words voiced by an interpreter for the audience, Kotsur thanked the “wonderful deaf theatre stages” where he was given the chance to develop his craft.

New Zealand’s Jane Campion became only the third ever woman to win Best Director for The Power of the Dog, her slow-burn psychological drama set in the American West. Campion won her first Oscar – a Best Adapted Screenplay award for The Piano – in 1994.

This time around some had wondered whether her gaffe at the Critics Choice Awards might ruin her chances – in her winner’s speech at that ceremony, she bizarrely commented that the Williams sisters “do not have to play against the guys as I do”, though she later apologized – it seems that the Oscar voters were still on the side.

Her win in the director category is the second in as many years for a woman, following 2021’s Chloe Zhao.

The performances

A certain slap aside, the night wasn’t short of spectacle elsewhere, as stars like Billie Eilish (who won Best Original Song for her Bond theme “No Time to Die”) and Megan Thee Stallion took to the stage to perform between awards.

Most notably of all however was a rare Beyoncé appearance: she opened the show with a rendition of her nominated song “Be Alive,” written for the soundtrack of King Richard (the film about the Williams tennis family for which Will Smith won his Best Actor award).

The performance poignantly took place at a Compton tennis court where Venus and Serena would practice their sport as children, and featured dancers and a live orchestra, in a set-up reminiscent of the singer’s world-stopping Coachella headlining slots in 2018.

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The fashion

On the red carpet, the fashion was a little more casual than usual, as Kristen Stewart opted for a Chanel shorts look (she also changed into flat shoes as soon as she’d had her photo taken), Zendaya wore a glittery skirt teamed with a white collared shirt, and Timothée Chalamet opted for no shirt at all under his Louis Vuitton suit.

It felt like a bit of a deviation from the usual buttoned-up Oscars glam – all tuxes, painful-looking high heels, and diamonds – but not an unwelcome one: there are only so many floor-length gowns you can “ooh” and “aah” at before getting bored, after all.


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