2022 Oscars in Review

Margaux Cruzan, reporter

Did you catch the 2022 Oscars on Sunday? The first Oscars Academy Awards was held nearly a century ago in 1929. 270 people attended the event at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. The award show was not broadcasted on radio or television.

Today, over 3,000 celebrities, filmmakers, and Academy members attend the physical Oscars and nearly 10 million tune in on their televisions to celebrate the talented actors and crew members behind the year’s greatest films.

Undoubtedly the most controversial and spoken about topic of Sunday’s Oscars was Will Smith and Chris Rock’s physical altercation. Chris Rock was onstage announcing when he made a joke referring to Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkette Smith.

Rock made a joke referring to her hair loss and comparing her to G.I. Jane. In response, Smith left his seat and slapped Chris Rock’s face, returned to his seat, and shouted expletives at Rock.

“I think it was very unprofessional on both parties,” said sophomore Kalin Wilson. There is huge controversy whether the altercation was staged or not. Nevertheless, Smith released a public apology on Monday, stating, “My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job…”

As for awards, CODA won Best Picture. CODA is an inspiring movie about the hardships of being a child of deaf adults.

CODA was great,” said sophomore Parker Randall, “there were definitely better picks, though.”

Jessica Chastain also won Best Actress for her performance in The Eyes of Tina Faye and Will Smith for King Richard.

Overall, this Oscars will definitely be one for the books, and not for the awards given. With big award shows like the Oscars, it's important to remember that award shows don’t determine the worth of a piece of art. You shouldn’t let how awarded something is determine what you like. Not to mention that the winners of the awards are determined by the Academy, which is made up of less than 10,000 people.

Student viewing the cast and crew of CODA accept the award for Best Picture. Audience members applauding in American Sign Language in solidarity with the deaf community.

Photo credit: Margaux Cruzan

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