‘CODA’ triumphs, but Onstage Slap takes center stage at the Oscars
Notably, the Russian invasion of Ukraine was not mentioned during the opening of the lighthearted show, which included a DJ, a second stand-up routine from Schumer and a skit from Hall that found a chestless Chalamet. nude and other male stars on stage. Three sports stars – Tony Hawk, Kelly Slater and Shaun White – have arrived to present a montage celebrating 60 years of the James Bond franchise. (The academy finally acknowledged the war in Ukraine with a moment of silence after Reba McEntire performed a nominated song, “Somehow You Do,” and flashed the hashtag #StandWithUkraine on the screen.)
In a surprising break from academy custom, the telecast was used as overt promotion for some upcoming films. Chris Evans introduces an advertisement for “Lightyear,” an upcoming prequel to Pixar’s “Toy Story” that will arrive exclusively in theaters in June. A long pre-recorded promo for the Academy’s new museum in Los Angeles featured visiting Sykes.
Last year, Oscars TV viewership dropped so precipitously (down 60% from 2020, already an all-time high) that organizers decided to rework the live broadcast. The presentation of the Oscars in eight categories – the least starred – has been moved to a non-televised part, with the academy saying it will tape the acceptance speeches and incorporate edited material into the main broadcast. Cue howls of dismay, both from moviegoers and sidelined performers.
But the academy held firm. “Dune,” which was nominated in a total of 10 categories, won Oscars for Best Sound, Score, Production Design and Editing during what the academy called “the hour of gold” in an attempt to soothe bruised egos. Hans Zimmer, who wrote the score for “Dune”, was not on hand to accept the Oscar, the second of his career after “The Lion King” (1989), a presenter explaining that he was on tour.
The team behind Chastain’s transformation into the tarantula-lashed televangelist in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” won the Oscar for makeup and hair. Chastain embraced the group from his front row seat. (The celebrity quotient during the non-televised portion of the ceremony rose as the hour progressed, with high-rotation seat fills.)
The short film winners were “The Windshield Wiper,” the animated story of a man contemplating love in a cafe while smoking a pack of cigarettes; “The Long Goodbye,” a violent live-action short starring and co-written by Riz Ahmed set near a wedding; and “Queen of Basketball,” a 22-minute New York Times documentary about Lusia Harris, the first and only woman officially drafted into the NBA.