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2022 Oscars winners: History is made on night of few surprises - and one wild altercation

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Rebecca Lewis
Rebecca LewisReporterLos Angeles
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The 2022 Oscars made history on Sunday after Ariana Debose became the first openly queer actor to win one of the major four acting awards, a streaming service picked up Best Picture, and for the first time in the Academy's 94-year history, a women won Best Director for the second year in a row.

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But the night was sullied when Will Smith appeared to attack Chris Rock live on stage after a comment about Will's wife Jada; he apologized during a tearful acceptance speech as he won his first acting Oscar just moments later.

WATCH: Will Smith apologizes to Academy after Chris Rock altercartion

Ariana, the star of West Side Story, was the first winner of the night and she spoke of her identity as a queer Puerto Rican women. "Now you see why Anita sings 'I want to be in America,' because even in this world we live in, dreams do come true and that is a heartening thing right now,' she said. 

"You see an openly queer woman of color who found her stregth in life through art," she concluded.

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Jane Campion picked up Best Director for The Power of the Dog, making her the third female winner ever and making 2022 the first year women have won back-to-back.

Troy Kotsur was considered a sure thing to become the second deaf actor ever to win an Academy Award for his performance in CODA - his co-star Marlee Matlin was the first deaf winner at the Oscars for 1986's Children of a Lesser God - and he gave a moving speech, thamking his father. 

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Ariana Debose became the first openly queer actor to win one of the major four awards

Apple TV+ distributed the film, making it the first time a streaming service has conquered Hollywood's most coveted film prize.

Elsewhere, Kenneth Branagh broke the record for being the first individual nominated in seven different categories throughout his career, and he finally took home a statue, winning Best Original Screenplay for Belfast.


CODA wins Best Picture

Oscar winners 2022:

Best Picture



Don’t Look Up

Drive My Car


King Richard

Licorice Pizza

Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

West Side Story

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Steven Spielberg's West Side Story remake was up for Best Picture

Best Director

Kenneth Branagh (Belfast)

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car)

Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza)

Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog) - WINNER

Steven Spielberg (West Side Story)

Actor in a Leading Role

Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos)

Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog)

Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick...BOOM!)

Will Smith (King Richard) - WINNER

Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth)

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Will Smith won for his performance in King Richard

Actress in a Leading Role

Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye) - WINNER

Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter)

Penélope Cruz (Parallel Mothers)

Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos)

Kristen Stewart (Spencer)

Actor in a Supporting Role

Ciarán Hinds (Belfast)

Troy Kotsur (CODA) - WINNER

Jesse Plemons (The Power of the Dog)

J.K Simmons (Being the Ricardos)

Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power of the Dog)

Actress in a Supporting Role

Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter)

Ariana DeBose (West Side Story) - WINNER

Judi Dench (Belfast)

Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog)

Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard)

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West Side Story's Ariana DeBose also won for Best Supporting Actress

International Feature Film

Drive My Car - WINNER


The Hand of God

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

The Worst Person in the World

Animated Feature Film

Encanto - WINNER



The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Raya and the Last Dragon


Encanto won Best Animinated Feature

Original Screenplay

Belfast - WINNER

Don’t Look Up

The Worst Person in the World

King Richard

Licorice Pizza

Adapted Screenplay


Drive My Car


The Lost Daughter

The Power of the Dog

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The Lost Daughter was up for Best Adapted Screenplay but lost to CODA

Costume Design

Cruella - WINNER



Nightmare Alley

West Side Story

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Cruella received a nod - and won - for Best Costume Design

Original Score

Don’t Look Up



Parallel Mothers

The Power of the Dog

Film Editing

Don’t Look Up


King Richard

The Power of the Dog

Tick, Tick…BOOM!

Makeup and Hairstyling

Coming 2 America



The Eyes of Tammy Faye - WINNER

House of Gucci

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House of Gucci missed out on any major categories but was nominated for Makeup and Hairstyling


Dune -  WINNER

Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

The Tragedy of Macbeth

West Side Story

Documentary Feature




Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) -  WINNER

Writing with Fire

Best Documentary Short Subject


Lead Me Home

The Queen of Basketball - WINNER

Three Songs for Benazir

When We Were Bullies

Visual Effects


Free Guy

No Time To Die

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Spider-Man: No Way Home


Dune picked up almost every technical win possible

Production Design


Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

The Tragedy of Macbeth

West Side Story




No Time To Die

The Power of the Dog

West Side Story

Original Song

Be Alive by DIXSON and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (King Richard)

No Time To Die by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell (No Time To Die) WINNER

Dos Oruguitas by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Encanto)

Down to Joy by Van Morrison (Belfast)

Somehow You Do by Diane Warren (Four Good Days)

Animated Short Film

Affairs of the Art



Robin Robin

The Windshield Wiper - WINNER

Live Action Short Film

Ala Kachuu - Take and Run

The Dress

The Long Goodbye - WINNER

On My Mind

Please Hold

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