Oscars 2022 Recap: Will Smith Makes Tearful Apology After Chris Rock Smack

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  • CODA was the big winner of the night, winning all three awards it was nominated for: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Troy Kotsur, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
  • Dune picked up the most awards of the evening, winning six of the 10 it was nominated for.
  • Perhaps the most memorable moment of the night was when Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on the stage after Rock made a joke about Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
  • Get all the latest, breaking reaction and fallout from the night here.
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'CODA' Wins Best Picture, Will Smith and Jessica Chastain Round Out Top Prizes

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CODA producers Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi and Patrick Wachsberger accepts the award for Best Picture for "CODA" onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022. ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

CODA won Best Picture. The film, about a young hearing girl from a deaf family, was a dark horse candidate to win most of the awards season, but in recent weeks picked up momentum.

The film won all three of the awards it was nominated for tonight: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Troy Kotsur, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Sian Heder, who also directed the film.

The other top prizes of the evening were spread out among a number of films.

Jessica Chastain was named Best Actress for her performance in The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

Will Smith was named Best Actor for his performance in King Richard.

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Ariana DeBose was named Best Supporting Actress for her performance in West Side Story.

Troy Kotsur was named Best Supporting Actor for his performance in CODA.

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And Jane Campion was named Best Director for the film The Power of the Dog.

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Jane Campion accepts the Directing award for ‘The Power of the Dog’ onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Jessica Chastain Wins Best Actress for 'The Eyes of Tammy Faye'

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US actress Jessica Chastain accepts the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022. ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

Jessica Chastain won the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance in The Eyes of Tammy Faye. This is Chastain's third nomination and first win. She was previously nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The Help in 2011 and for Best Actress for Zero Dark Thirty in 2012.

"At a time when the government wouldn't even say AIDS and communities were dying, here's this woman in this world run by white men," she told Newsweek back in September 2021 about playing Tammy Faye Messner (formerly Bakker). "She's saying Christians are supposed to love everyone and yet, we're so afraid of an AIDS patient? She was really out there and radical and cool and actually speaking what faith is supposed to be."

Will Smith Wins Best Actor for 'King Richard,' Apologizes to the Academy

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US actor Will Smith accepts the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for "King Richard" onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022. ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

Will Smith won the Best Actor Academy Award for his performance in King Richard. This is the fourth nomination and first win for Smith. He has been previously nominated for Best Actor for Ali in 2001 and The Pursuit of Happyness in 2006, he was also nominated as a producer tonight for Best Picture for King Richard.

Only five Black men have won Oscars for Best Actor: Sidney Poitier for Lilies of the Field (1963), Denzel Washington for Training Day (2001), Jamie Foxx for Ray (2004), Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland (2006), and now Will Smith.

He did not directly address his confrontation with Chris Rock where Smith appeared to slap Rock, however, he did apologize to the Academy and said that tonight was a case of "art intimidating life," referring to his role in King Richard, ending his speech with," I hope the Academy invites me back."

Jane Campion Wins Best Director for 'The Power of the Dog'

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Jane Campion accepts the Directing award for ‘The Power of the Dog’ onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Jane Campion won the Academy Award for Best Director for The Power of the Dog. Her win is third time a woman has won an Oscar for Best Director, after Kathryn Bigelow in 2010 for The Hurt Locker and Chloe Zhao last year for Nomadland.

She is also the first woman to receive two nominations for Best Director. She was first nominated in 1993 for The Piano.

Campion's win was largely expected considering she had won most every major award leading up to Oscar night, including the Director's Guild Award for Best Director, which is often seen as the main indicator for who will take home the Oscar for directing.

Billie Eilish Wins Best Original Song for James Bond Track 'No Time To Die'

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US singer-songwriter Finneas O'Connell (L) and US singer-songwriter Billie Eilish accept the award for Best Music (Original Song) for "No Time to Die" onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022. ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

Billie Eilish and her co-writer and brother, Finneas O'Connell, won the Oscar for Best Original Song for "No Time To Die" from the James Bond film No Time To Die. This is their first Oscar.

At 20, Eilish became the second youngest Oscar winner for Best Original Song. The youngest winner is Marketa Irglova, who was 19 when she won for co-writing 'Falling Away' from the film Once in 2008.

Will Smith Confronts Chris Rock on Oscar Stage Over Joke

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US actor Will Smith (R) slaps US actor Chris Rock onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022. ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

Chris Rock, poking fun at the need for Will Smith to win Best Actor, pointed to Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and referenced the film G.I. Jane.

Will Smith then confronted Chris Rock on stage in what appeared to be jovial, but then the audio cut and the camera panned to Smith, who appeared to mouth for Rock to keep Pinkett Smith's name out of his presentation.

After things seemed to calm down, Rock said to the audience, "That was the greatest night in the history of television." He then went on to present the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature to the film Summer of Soul.

'Belfast' and 'CODA' Win the Screenplay Academy Awards

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British filmmaker Kenneth Branagh accepts the award for Best Original Screenplay for "Belfast" onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022. ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

Kenneth Branagh won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Belfast and Sian Heder won the Best Adapted Screenplay for CODA.

Branagh holds the record for receiving more nominations over multiple categories than any other person in Oscar history. He's been nominated eight times over seven different categories. His win for Belfast is his first Oscar win.

Heder's win is the second for CODA tonight and Heder's first Oscar win. The last category the film is nominated in is the top prize, Best Picture.

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Sian Heder (R) accepts the Writing (Adapted Screenplay) award for ‘CODA’ onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Japan's 'Drive My Car' Wins Best International Feature

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Ryusuke Hamaguchi (R) accepts the International Feature Film award for ‘Drive My Car’ onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Drive My Car took home the Best International Feature Oscar. The film is also nominated for Best Director (Ryûsuke Hamaguchi), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture.

A surprise awards season hit, many expected Drive My Car to pick up the Best International Feature nomination, but the Best Picture nomination took many by surprise.

CODA's Troy Kotsur Wins Best Supporting Actor

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(L-R) Troy Kotsur accepts the Actor in a Supporting Role award for ‘CODA’ from Youn Yuh-jung onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Troy Kotsur won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for CODA. This is his first nomination and win.

Kotsur's win is a first for a deaf actor and only the second deaf performer ever to receive an acting Oscar (Marlee Matlin, Kotsur's co-star in CODA, was the first deaf actress and first deaf performer to win an Oscar when she was named Best Actress in 1986 for Children of a Lesser God).

Kotsur received a standing ovation from the audience, with many waving the sign for "applause" in recognition of his historic win.

Disney's 'Encanto' Wins Best Animated Feature Academy Award

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(L-R) Jared Bush, Clark Spencer, Yvett Merino and Byron Howard accept the Animated Feature Film award for 'Encanto' onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Disney's Encanto won the Best Animated Feature Oscar. This is the third year in a row that Disney has taken home the Best Animated Feature Oscar.

Encanto producers Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino and Clark Spencer are the recipients of the award.

The film's win followed a performance by Sebastián Yatra of the Oscar-nominated song "Dos Oruguitas."

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Sebastián Yatra performs onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

'Dune' Leads in Academy Awards Handed Out Thus Far

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Australian cinematographer Greig Fraser accepts the award for Best Cinematography for "Dune" onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022. ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

Dune is currently leading in Oscar wins for the evening. The sci-fi flick has won six awards so far, winning four of them in the pre-show ceremony before the telecast. The film received a total of 10 nominations.

Dune, this year's winner for Best Film Editing, could also be an indicator for the Best Picture prize. Historically the winner of Best Picture either wins Best Film Editing or is at least nominated for Best Film Editing. While CODA and The Power of the Dog are the frontrunners to win the Best Picture prize, Dune's impressive haul thus far bodes well for the film.

The total prizes won by Dune thus far are...
Best Original Score
Best Production Design
Best Sound
Best Cinematography
Best Visual Effects
Best Film Editing

Ariana DeBose Wins Best Supporting Actress for 'West Side Story'

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Ariana DeBose accepts the Actress in a Supporting Role award for ‘West Side Story’ onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Ariana DeBose won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for West Side Story. This is her first nomination and win.

DeBose's win represents the first time an openly queer person of color has won an acting Oscar and is only the second time a Latina has been awarded an acting Oscar.

In DeBose's speech, she mentioned being a queer woman of color, and what her win means not just for her, but for people watching at home. "I promise you there is indeed a place for us," DeBose said, closing out her emotional speech.

Ceremony Starts with Hosts Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes

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(L-R) Co-hosts Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and Regina Hall speak onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

After Beyoncé's performance, the hosts of the 94th Academy Awards, Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes, started things off with a hilarious monologue. This is the first time three women have hosted an Oscar ceremony and the first time since 2011 where the ceremony featured multiple hosts.

Beyoncé Starts the Academy Awards with a Performance From Compton, CA

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US singer-songwriter Beyonce performs during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022. ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

Introduced by Serena and Venus Williams, Beyoncé kicked things off at the 94th Academy Awards with an emotional performance of her nominated song "Be Alive" from King Richard. She performed from Compton, CA, the community where the Williams sisters grew up and is depicted so prominently in the film King Richard.

Every Academy Award Winner From the Pre-Show Ceremony

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British actor Riz Ahmed accepts the award for Best Live Action Short Film for "The Long Goodbye" onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022. ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

In a controversial decision, the Academy decided to hand out Oscars for certain categories before the official telecast. However, the Academy stated winners in these categories will be recognized during the main broadcast.

Below are all the winners from the categories awarded before the main telecast.

Best Animated Short Film: The Windshield Wiper
Best Documentary Short Subject: The Queen of Basketball
Best Film Editing: Dune
Best Live Action Short Film: The Long Goodbye
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Best Original Score: Dune
Best Production Design: Dune
Best Sound: Dune

Red Carpet Looks From the 94th Academy Awards

Stars are still arriving at the 94th annual Academy Awards before the big show starts at 8pm ET on ABC. Below are just a few of the looks thus far.

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(L-R) Ariana DeBose and Nicole Kidman attend the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Red is standing out as a big color tonight, with nominees like Kirsten Dunst and Ariana DeBose wearing bold red looks. There's also a return to fantasy with magnetic looks from Lupita Nyong'o, Nicole Kidman and Encanto's Diane Guerrero. Kristen Stewart surprised everyone by showing up in a modern suit jacket and shorts by Chanel.

Vanessa Hudgens, Terrence J and Brandon Maxwell Host the Official Oscars Red Carpet Show

The official Oscars Red Carpet Show has started on ABC with hosts Vanessa Hudgens, Terrence J and Brandon Maxwell. They will speak with nominees and performers as they make their way into the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood before the 94th annual Academy Awards start on ABC at 8pm ET.

Below are just a couple of the early red carpet looks so far.

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Jessica Chastain attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images
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Kodi Smit-McPhee attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images
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Lupita Nyong'o attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images
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(L-R) Alex Sykes and Wanda Sykes attend the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images
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Ariana DeBose attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Mike Coppola/Getty Images
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Marlee Matlin attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Mike Coppola/Getty Images
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(L-R) Director Steven Spielberg, Rita Moreno and Ariana DeBose attend the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic
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US-Australian actress Nicole Kidman attends the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022. ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images

What to Expect From the 94th Academy Awards

As the red carpet is in full swing, let's put on our psychic hats and consider all the records that could potentially be broken tonight.

  • If CODA takes home the Best Picture prize, it would be the first time in Oscar history a film won the top prize without nominations for Best Director or Film Editing.
  • If Netflix's The Power of the Dog or Apple TV+'s CODA wins Best Picture, it will be the first time a film released on a streaming service takes the top prize.
  • Jane Campion's nominations for The Power of the Dog could break a few records tonight. If she wins Best Adapted Screenplay, she'll be the first woman to win in both writing categories (she previously took home the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for 1993's The Piano). Campion is already the only woman to receive two nominations for Best Director (she was previously nominated for The Piano) and could become the third woman to take home the prize (after Kathryn Bigelow in 2010 for The Hurt Locker and Chloe Zhao last year for Nomadland). If she wins all of her nominations, she'll be the first woman to take home the prizes for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.
  • Similar to Campion, West Side Story's Ariana DeBose could also break a number of records tonight. If she wins for Best Supporting Actress, she'll be the first openly queer woman of color to win an acting Oscar, the second Latina to win an acting Oscar (after Rita Moreno's win in 1961 for the original West Side Story) and will be the third person to win an Oscar for playing a character another actor created and won an Oscar for (Rita Moreno originated the role of Anita in West Side Story in 1961). The other two actors to have won Oscars for playing the same character are Marlon Brando and Robert DeNiro for playing Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, and then Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix for playing the Joker in The Dark Knight and Joker.
  • Billie Eilish could become the second youngest winner of the Best Original Song Oscar for the latest James Bond flick's title song "No Time to Die." The youngest winner is Marketa Irglova, who was 19 when she won for co-writing 'Falling Away' from the film Once in 2008.
  • CODA's Troy Kostur could become the first deaf actor to win an Oscar and only the second in Oscar history (after his CODA co-star Marlee Matlin, who won the Best Actress Oscar in 1986 for Children of the Lesser God).
  • The Power of the Dog's Ari Wegner could become the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Cinematography.
  • With King Richard, Will Smith could become the first actor to win Best Actor and Best Picture (Smith also produced the film). The first actress to do this was Frances McDormand last year with her win's for Best Actress and Best Picture for Nomadland.
  • Denzel Washington is already the most decorated Black actor with two Oscar wins under his belt (he won the Best Supporting Actor for Glory in 1989 and Best Actor for Training Day in 2001). He'll add to his record tonight if he wins the Best Actor Oscar for The Tragedy of Macbeth. The win would also make him the first Black actor to win two leading Oscars.