The Power Of Female Filmmaking At Oscars 2022
It wasn't Netflix to triumph with the Best Picture Oscar last night. It was another streaming platform - Apple TV+ - to snatch the award with CODA written and directed by Sian Heder. Actually this film worn all three awards it was nominated for: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Troy Kotsur), and Best Adapted Screenplay.
The favourite of film festivals The Power of the Dog out of its 12 nominations could be satisfied only with one for Directing, although this Oscar makes Jane Campion the best female director who is only the third one to win this award in the 94 years of Academy Awards history. It was Campion's second attempt in this category, as she was also nominated for The Piano in 1994 but went home only with the Oscar for the Best Original Screenplay then. Anyway, she was the first female filmmaker to receive the Palme d’Or at Cannes.
However, the thing everybody is talking about is not the two great female filmmakers topping this year's Oscars but Will Smith who couldn't stay calm after the comedian Chris Rock compared Jada Pinkett Smith who has alopecia to GI Jane because of her bald head. Smith has taken it personally and slapped the comedian on stage, later shouting to Chris Rock to keep his wife name out of his mouth. It all happened just minutes before Will Smith got his Oscar as the Best Actor in a Leading Role for embodying the father of Selena and Venus Williams in King Ricard.
Meanwhile Jessica Chastain has beaten her rivals in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category for being Tammy in the film The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Ariana Debose became the first queer woman of colour to win the Best Supporting Actress for her role in a new Spielberg's adaptation of West Side Story.
Drive My Car directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi has won the Oscar as the Best International Feature Film, Summer of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) - the Best Documentary (Feature), and Encanto - the Best Animated Feature Film.
See the full list of winners and nominees here.