2022 Academy Awards

The 2022 Academy Awards winners were revealed on March 27.

Dune took six Oscars, including the Original Score by Hans Zimmer.

Encanto won the Oscar for Animated Feature Film.

The complete list of winners follows the jump.


  • CODA


  • Will Smith, King Richard 


  • Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye


  • Encanto 


  • Dune, Greig Fraser 


  • Jane Campion,  The Power of the Dog


  • Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) 


  • The Queen of Basketball


  • Drive My Car (Japan) 


  • “No Time To Die” from No Time to Die, music and lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell 


  • Dune, Production Design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Zsuzsanna Sipos


  • Dune, Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer 


  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh 


  • Dune, Joe Walker


  • Troy Kotsur, CODA


  • Ariana DeBose, West Side Story


  • The Long Goodbye


  • The Windshield Wiper 


  • Belfast (Kenneth Branagh) 


  • Siân Heder, CODA 


  • Dune, Hans Zimmer 


  • Dune, Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett


  • Cruella, Jenny Beavan

27 thoughts on “2022 Academy Awards

  1. My 2022 ESPN Oscar Pool Results:16 Wins 7 Losses.
    No Points for Will Smith’s TKO of Chris Rock…

    Seriously though, I have this to say to both combatants…

    To Chris Rock: The late George Carlin said it best; in comedy, you don’t know when you’ve gone OVER THE LINE until you’ve already crossed it. You did, BIG TIME. You DON’T make fun of a friend’s spouse’s illness in front of tens of millions of people. Just…NO!!!!!!

    To Will Smith: Yes, violence is an answer. But, MORE often than not, it’s the WRONG answer…

  2. The joke was in poor taste regardless, but if he didn’t know about her alopecia, it wouldn’t be an intentional dig at her illness.

    I saw Will Smith’s acceptance speech live without knowing what he did earlier and thought, “damn — he gets emotional about tennis.”

  3. Maybe it’s just me getting old, but I’m surprised at how few of the winners (or nominees) I’d like to see.

  4. bill: I’m way behind in my movie viewing, however, now that I have learned more about CODA it’s one I will have to see. Both for its own sake, and for the interesting coincidence that it’s about people from Gloucester who fish for a living — which is the also the home port of the boat in Captains Courageous. Interesting to discover that’s still a thing, and still generating stories.

  5. I’ve seen about half the nominees for best picture and like them very much, particularly Belfast, Coda and Dune. King Richard is very good, and particularly well acted. Licorice Pizza looks like fun and Drive My Car, not to be missed. I’m even willing to give The Eyes of Tammy Faye a whirl. And Summer of Soul is a terrific documentary, with marvelous music and thoughtful commentary.
    A good year for movies, weirdly enough.

  6. When you disrespect a man’s wife on live, international television, you get bitch slapped. There we are, Chris Rock.

  7. When you disrespect a man’s wife on live, international television, you get bitch slapped. There we are, Chris Rock.

    Or you could act like a grown-up, and realize that wasn”t the time or place to act like an idiot.

  8. When you disrespect a man’s wife on live, international television, you get bitch slapped.

    Will Smith’s attack was cretinous and so is this defense.

    David Gerrold is currently holding an impromptu When Assault is OK telethon on his Facebook page (his primary take: “As much as I deplore violence — it can be argued that there are moments that require a slap in the face”).

    I find this ironic given that Gerrold once used the Hugo Award stage for an edgy bit of prop comedy that looked like he was calling some nominees assholes. Enough of those people got upset that he wrote later, “There were people who arrived at the Hugo reception and the award ceremony with the intention of being offended, no matter what happened. These were the people who decided that the asterisks were intended as an insult. I suppose I should be sorry about inadvertently hurting people’s feelings … if they took it the wrong way.”

    So Gerrold expected to be given the comedic license to pull that stunt — and to put all the fault of being offended on the targets of his humor — but he thinks a joke comparing Jada Pinkett Smith to an attractive actress because of their close-cropped haircuts is enough to justify disrupting an ceremony and violently assaulting a presenter.

  9. After “We don’t talk about Pluto” appeared here, I went and chased down Encanto. I thought it was pretty good, with in particular excellent songwriting and a fantastic house. I hadn’t seen any of the other animation nominees, so I shouldn’t comment on whether it deserved to win.

  10. rcade: I was going to ask you for a link, then I finally found where the quote came from. He’s applying the event to another context — Trump. He has several more posts of various types where people are discussing the actual Oscars bust-up.

  11. My take is that Gerrold applied the rationale to Trump solely to add further fuel to his premise that Rock’s the bigger offender and Smith’s violence can be hand-waved away. Gerrold keeps playing a “the slap was wrong, but …” game on his Facebook wall, sharing multiple viewpoints from people who have Very Good Reasons to rationalize violence against a comedian on live television before an audience of millions, as if Smith didn’t have a dozen better ways to express his distress over the joke.

  12. rcade: I suppose it was your drawing the Worldcon into the discussion that prompted me to remember that when I facilitated the gripe session at the 1988 Worldcon, NolaCon II, a fellow in the audience began ranting a complaint at the con chair about how the fellow’s wife had been overworked (and other grievances) and as he got louder and gathered a head of steam I promptly started to visualize the angle I would need to take to tackle the guy if he charged the con chair. Fortunately he got a handle on himself and sat down.

    Nobody running the Oscars seems to have had a similar thought that they might need to do something.

  13. People tend to have low life conditions these days, reacting from instinct or worse, so it behooves those capable of thinking to take this into account.
    My 2 cents on general principles.

  14. Perhaps I missed it, but in six acceptance speeches I don’t believe I heard the name Frank Herbert mentioned.

  15. Judge Magney: That’s probably true.

    Did anybody mention Ted Chiang when Arrival won Oscars? The authors of the adapted works may get mentioned in coverage of the film, however, they seem to be out-of-sight-out-of-mind on Oscar night.

  16. Rock has a history of dunking on Jada Pinkett Smith, and this “joke” was about the effects of a health condition she has. Not funny. Will Smith’s response was stupid. Apart from two grown men acting like idiots, a wide range of excellent work was celebrated and a lot of people now know 2 ASL expressions. In an evening full of diversity, Kenneth Branagh became the person nominated in the largest number of different categories over time, though I’m so glad he won for original screenplay. All in all, a very nice evening.

  17. Rock has a history of dunking on Jada Pinkett Smith …

    People keep saying this without elaboration. The joke Rock told about her at the 2016 Oscars was in response to her highly publicized boycott of the event due to the lack of diversity:

    Jada got mad, said she’s not coming. I was like, ‘Isn’t she on a TV show?’ Jada’s going to boycott the Oscars? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited!

    Rock’s 2016 riff on the Smiths also included him saying, “It’s not fair that Will was this good and didn’t get nominated. It’s also not fair that Will was paid $20 million for Wild Wild West.”

    That doesn’t seem like a harsh joke worthy of long-term animus between the Smiths and Rock. She was best known at that time for her TV series regular roles on Gotham and Hawthorne. And Will got a shout out at the start of the Oscars for a great performance overlooked for nomination.

  18. @msb

    this “joke” was about the effects of a health condition she has.

    I’ve seen it said (unsourced) several times that Chris Rock was unaware of her alopecia. Don’t know if it’s true or not.

    Regina Hall made a joke about LeBron James’s hairline in the opening monologue, without any controversy that I’ve seen, so where the line is with respect to hair loss is not clear.

  19. LeBron probably didn’t like it either. But looking for a line the far side of which is cultural permission to rush the stage and belt the performer falsely implies the existence of that permission.

  20. I just read that six guys had to physically restrain John Wayne from attacking Sacheen Littlefeather, speaking on behalf of Marlon Brando all those years ago. Maybe Oscar should plan for that kind of thing more.

    Rcade and bill: thanks, I knew both the background and Ms Smith’s health condition. (I wasn’t more specific because it’s not my business.) That’s why “joking” about how people look is dangerous as well as unamusing. debating the acceptable level of harshness in jokes is a waste of time; treating others courteously is far more important.
    Will Smith should use his words, and Chris Rock should (verbally only) punch up and not down. Smith made a good public apology today, so that ends it for me. I’m far more interested in all the good things that happened at the ceremony; see above for an incomplete list.

    Mike Glyer: extremely well said (as usual).

  21. The line I was referring to was not between “jokes that make it okay to rush the stage”/”not okay”. It was between “jokes that go too far”/ “jokes that don’t bother people”.

    I don’t think that there’s any joke that is strong/bad/offensive enough to justify what Will Smith did. If anyone says that the GI Jane joke justifies what Smith did and they don’t also condemn the LeBron joke, they are a hypocrite.

    Chris Rock was doing exactly what he was hired to do. He’s pretty good at it, and I hope the events don’t cause him to dial back his comedy, or cause anyone else to do so. I’ve seen a couple of articles about the possibility of audiences now thinking it’s okay to physically respond to jokes they don’t like:



  22. @Msb

    That’s why “joking” about how people look is dangerous as well as unamusing.

    A world in which topics that offend people are off limits for comedians is far more unamusing.

    Comedians occupy an important role in society, and the world is better for what they do. They have to have the freedom to offend, to satirize, to punch up or down or sideways. George Carlin: “I think it’s the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.”

  23. Will Smith should use his words, and Chris Rock should (verbally only) punch up and not down.

    I don’t think making a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith was punching down. She’s well-known for her own distinguished Hollywood career as well as her famous family. In 2021 she had a major role in the blockbuster Matrix: The Resurrections.

    She looked great in her close-cropped haircut, as did the person she was compared to back in G.I. Jane, Demi Moore. If Rock didn’t know about Smith’s alopecia — which a source is claiming to TMZ — he had no reason to think his joke might be offensive.

    Celebrities famous enough to get a front-row seat at the Oscars ought to be fair game for jokes.

    In an excellent essay, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writes:

    Ok, I can see where the Smiths might not have found that joke funny. But Hollywood awards shows are traditionally a venue where much worse things have been said about celebrities as a means of downplaying the fact that it’s basically a gathering of multimillionaires giving each other awards to boost business so they can make even more money.

  24. After Martin Scorcese derided Marvel movies, Ricky Gervais joked in his Golden Globes monologue, “Martin Scorcese said the Marvel films remind him of theme parks. I don’t know what he’s doing hanging around theme parks — he’s not big enough to go on the rides.”

    Scorcese, sitting close at a table, made the joke funnier by nodding his head and looking like my kids every time they didn’t meet a height requirement at Disney World.

  25. @ bill
    Thanks, I also know what comedians are for. Of course they have the right to say what they choose. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences. Once more, both Rock and Smith were wrong, and both should learn and change from this stupid episode.

    Rock didn’t joke about her career, but her appearance as a result of a health issue she didn’t choose and doesn’t control. It would have been just as “funny” to “joke” about Liza Minelli’s obvious frailty, but Lady Gaga didn’t do that.

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