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2022 Oscars for Dummies

By: Sarah Sparks and Reily Brazier

MTN Lifestyle and Entertainment Reporters

Are you confused about what happened Sunday night at the 94th annual Academy Awards? We are too! To help catch you up to speed, we are here to explain the top 5 crucial moments that happened at the Oscars.

  • Will Smith slaps Chris Rock on live tv:

The slap heard around the world. Chris Rock decided to make a G.I. Jane joke about Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith did not care for that comment that much. Will Smith jumped up on stage and took a swing at Chris Rock and the crowd went wild.

  • Beyonce does Beyonce things:

Queen B opened the Oscars with a performance of “Be Alive,” which was nominated for best original song. Paying homage to Venus and Serana Williams’ upbringing, the entire production took place at the Tragniew Park Tennis Courts in Compton, CA.

  • Coda wins best picture:

Opening doors for deaf actors across the world, Coda becomes the first film with a predominately Deaf cast to win Best Picture. While Coda takes home a big win, Troy Kotsur played a big part in raising awareness for fellow Deaf actors. Kotsur became the first Deaf performer to win an acting Oscar in the Acadamy's 93 year history.

  • Arianna Debose Makes History:

Actor Arianna Debose from West Side Story is the first Afro-Latina and first openly queer woman-of-color to win an Oscar. 60 years after winning best supporting actress for the same role, Rita Moreno was there to offer her congratulations. Debose closed out her speech by saying, “Even in this weary world that we live in, dreams do come true.”

  • Dune scores BIG:

Dune won an astounding 6 Oscars last night, the most of all winners. Here is a list of all of Dune’s wins: cinematography, editing, score, visual effects, production design, and sound.


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