On Sunday, March 27, the 94th Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
The 94th Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 27. The coming-of-age comedy-drama CODA (which, incidentally, is an acronym for Child of Deaf Adults) and Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic Dune were the big winners. Amy Schumer, Regina Hall, and Wanda Sykes hosted the event. Writing With Fire, an Indian documentary, was nominated for Best Documentary but did not win.
Dune took home six awards, all in technical categories, while CODA made Academy Award history by winning all three categories in which it was nominated. It was also the first film from a major streaming platform — Apple TV — to win Best Picture, marking the Academy’s first official acknowledgement of the tectonic shift occurring in the entertainment industry as a result of the rise of OTT platforms in the COVID-19 era.
Jane Campion beat out competition from the likes of Steven Spielberg and Kenneth Branagh to win the Best Director award for her critically acclaimed film The Power of the Dog. This is her first Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She was also the first woman to be nominated twice for Best Director, and only the third woman overall, following Chloe Zhao’s win for Nomadland last year and Kathryn Bigelow’s win for Hurt Locker in 2010. The Power of the Dog is a character study of toxic masculinity and repressed sexuality set in the director’s native New Zealand.
Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, and Best Sound were all awarded to Dune at the Academy Awards. Best Supporting Actor (Troy Kotsur), Best Adapted Screenplay (Sian Heder), and Best Picture went to CODA.
Will Smith’s performance in King Richard earned him the award for Best Lead Actor. Jessica Chastain won Best Lead Actress and Best Makeup and Hairstyling for her performance in the biographical drama The Eyes of Tammy Faye. The broadcast from Dolby Theater also paid tribute to the history of filmmaking by bringing back the casts of classics such as The Godfather and Pulp Fiction, as well as commemorating James Bond’s 60th anniversary with a presentation featuring skateboarder Tony Hawk, surfer Kelly Slater, and snowboarder Shaun White.
For her performance in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, Ariana DeBose won the award for Best Supporting Actress. After winning all of the major precursor awards in the best supporting actress category, including a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, and a BAFTA, DeBose was a clear favourite to win. DeBose, a queer Afro-Latina, played Anita, a San Juan Hill seamstress and Maria’s older sister (Rachel Zegler) in the film. Disney’s Encanto won the award for Best Animated Feature Film. Drive My Car, a popular film on the international awards circuit, won the award for Best International Film.
Jenny Beavan won Best Costume Design for Cruella, a film she almost refused to work on at first. Kenneth Branagh took home the award for Best Original Screenplay for his work on Belfast, a coming-of-age drama.
Summer of Soul (Best Documentary Feature); ‘No Time To Die’ (Best Original Song) for Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell’s title track; The Queen of Basketball (Best Documentary Short Subject); The Windshield Wiper (Best Animated Short Film); and The Long Goodbye (Best Animated Short Film) were among the other winners (Best Live Action Short Film).
The Complete List of Winners and Nominations for The 94th Academy Awards can be Found Below
Best picture: CODA
Nominations: Belfast, Don’t Look Up, Drive My Car, Dune, King Richard, Licorice Pizza, Nightmare Alley, The Power of the Dog, and West Side Story.
Best actress: Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Nominations: Olivia Colman – The Lost Daughter, Penelope Cruz – Parallel Mothers, Nicole Kidman – Being the Ricardos, and Kristen Stewart – Spencer.
Best actor: Will Smith – King Richard
Nominations: Javier Bardem – Being the Ricardos, Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog, Andrew Garfield – Tick, Tick…Boom!, and Denzel Washington – The Tragedy of Macbeth.
Best director: The Power of the Dog – Jane Campion
Nominations: Belfast – Kenneth Branagh , Drive My Car – Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Licorice Pizza – Paul Thomas Anderson, and West Side Story – Steven Spielberg
Best original song: ‘No Time to Die’; Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell
Nominations: ‘Be Alive’ – King Richard; Music and Lyric by DIXSON and Beyoncé, Knowles-Carter, ‘Dos Oruguitas’– Encanto; Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda, ‘Down To Joy’ – Belfast; Music and Lyric by Van Morrison, and ‘Somehow You Do’ – Four Good Days; Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
Best documentary feature: Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution could not be televised)
Nominations: Ascension, Attica, Flee, and Writing With Fire
Best adapted screenplay: CODA – Screenplay by Siân Heder
Nominations: Drive My Car – Screenplay by Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe; Dune – Screenplay by Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, and Eric Roth; The Lost Daughter – Written by Maggie Gyllenhaal; and The Power of the Dog – Written by Jane Campion
Best original screenplay: Belfast – Written by Kenneth Branagh
Nominations: Don’t Look Up – Screenplay by Adam McKay; Story by Adam McKay & David Sirota; King Richard – Written by Zach Baylin; Licorice Pizza – Written by Paul Thomas Anderson; and The Worst Person in the World – Written by Eskil Vogt, and Joachim Trier.
Best costume design: Jenny Beavan – Cruella
Nominations: Massimo Cantini Parrini and Jacqueline Durran – Cyrano, Jacqueline West and Robert Morgan – Dune. Luis Sequeira – Nightmare Alley, and Paul Tazewell – West Side Story
Best international feature: Drive My Car (Japan)
Nominations: Flee (Denmark), The Hand of God (Italy), Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Bhutan), and The Worst Person in the World (Norway)
Best supporting actress: Ariana DeBose – West Side Story
Nominations: Jessie Buckley – The Lost Daughter, Judi Dench – Belfast, Kirsten Dunst – The Power of the Dog, and Aunjanue Ellis – King Richard.
Best supporting actor: Troy Kotsur – CODA
Nominations: Ciaran Hinds – Belfast, Jesse Plemons – The Power of the Dog, JK Simmons – Being the Ricardos, and Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Power of the Dog.
Best animated feature: Encanto
Nominations: Flee, Luca, The Mitchells vs The Machines, Raya, and The Last Dragon.
Best original score: Hans Zimmer – Dune
Nominations: Nicholas Britell – Don’t Look Up, Germaine Franco – Encanto, Alberto Iglesias – Parallel Mothers, and Jonny Greenwood – The Power of the Dog.
Best cinematography: Greig Fraser – Dune
Nominations: Dan Laustsen – Nightmare Alley, Ari Wegner – The Power of the Dog, Bruno Delbonnel – The Tragedy of Macbeth, and Janusz Kaminski – West Side Story.
Best visual effects: Dune – Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer
Nominations: Free Guy – Swen Gillberg, Bryan Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis and Dan Sudick; No Time To Die – Charlie Noble, Joel Green, Jonathan Fawkner and Chris Corbould;Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – Christopher Townsend, Joe Farrell, Sean Noel Walker and Dan Oliver; and Spider-man: No Way Home – Kelly Port, Chris Waegner, Scott Edelstein and Dan Sudick
Best film editing: Joe Walker – Dune
Nominations: Hank Corwin – Don’t Look Up, Pamela Martin – King Richard, Peter Sciberras – The Power of the Dog, and Myron Kerstein and Andrew Weisblum – Tick, Tick…Boom!
Best sound: Dune – Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett
Nominations: Belfast – Denise Yarde, Simon Chase, James Mather and Niv Adiri; No Time To Die – Simon Hayes, Oliver Tarney, James Harrison, Paul Massey and Mark Taylor; The Power of the Dog – Richard Flynn, Robert Mackenzie and Tara Webb; and West Side Story – Tod A. Maitland, Gary Rydstrom, Brian Chumney, Andy Nelson and Shawn Murphy
Best production design: Dune – Production Design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Zsuzsanna Sipos
Nominations: Nightmare Alley – Production Design: Tamara Deverell; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau, The Power of the Dog – Production Design: Grant Major, Set Decoration: Amber Richards, The Tragedy of Macbeth – Production Design: Stefan Dechant; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh, and West Side Story – Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo.
Best make-up and hairstyling: The Eyes of Tammy Faye – Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh
Nominations: Coming 2 America – Mike Marino, Stacey Morris and Carla Farmer; Cruella – Nadia Stacey, Naomi Donne and Julia Vernon; Dune – Donald Mowat, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr; and House of Gucci – Göran Lundström, Anna Carin Lock and Frederic Aspiras.
Best live action short: The Long Goodbye
Nominations: Ala Kachuu – Take and Run, The Dress, On My Mind, and Please Hold.
Best animated short: The Windshield Piper
Nominations: Affairs of the Art, Bestia, Boxballet, and Robin Robin.
Best documentary short: The Queen of Basketball
Nominations: Audible, Lead Me Home, Three Songs for Benazir, and When we were Bullies.