First of all, a big congrats to producers Stephanie Allain and Lynette Howell Taylor and director Glenn Weiss for a very economical and better paced Academy Awards. Hosted by Regina Hall, Wanda Sykes, and Amy Schumer, even the set and table arrangements at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles were economical and minimalist. But of course, it’s the Oscars and we will always have the best and weirdest moments such as: 

  • Will Smith slapping Chris Rock after the latter made fun of Jada Pinkett Smith. Apparently, Smith said “keep my wife’s name out of your fu&*ing mouth!” 
  • Troy Kotsur of “Coda” becomes the first deaf man to win an acting Oscar. 
  • Venus and Serena joined forces with Beyonce to kick off the Oscar for the “King Richard” theme song, “Be Alive.” 
  • Amy Schumer’s stand-up speech roasting Hollywood. 
  • Also, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes are game! 
  • I also love Woody Harrelson and Jason Momoa, the casual presenters. 

A big congrats to the winners! And Jane Campion, my heart will always go on for “The Power of the Dog!” I love “CODA” but I’m in awe of Campion’s masterpiece. 

Here are the winners and nominees of the 94th Academy Awards…the Oscars! 

Best Picture 

“Don’t Look Up”
“Drive My Car”
“King Richard”
“Licorice Pizza”
“Nightmare Alley”
“The Power of the Dog” 

“West “Side Story” 

Best Director 

Kenneth Branagh, “Belfast”
Ryusuke Hamaguchi, “Drive My Car”
Paul Thomas Anderson, “Licorice Pizza”
Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog” – WINNER 

Steven Spielberg, “West Side Story” 

Best Actor 

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” 

Best Actress 

Jessica Chastain, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” – WINNER
Olivia Colman, “The Lost Daughter”
Penelope Cruz, “Parallel Mothers”
Nicole Kidman, “Being the Ricardos”
Kristen Stewart, “Spencer”  

Best Supporting Actor 

Ciarán Hinds, “Belfast”
Troy Kotsur, “CODA” – WINNER
Jesse Plemons, “The Power of the Dog”
JK Simmons, “Being the Ricardos”
Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog” 

Best Supporting Actress 

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” 

Best Adapted Screenplay 

“CODA,” Sian Heder – WINNER
“Drive My Car,” Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe
“Dune,” Jon Spaihts and Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth
“The Lost Daughter,” Maggie Gyllenhaal
“The Power of the Dog,” Jane Campion  

Best Original Screenplay 

“Belfast,” Kenneth Branagh – WINNER
“Don’t Look Up,” Adam McKay, Story by McKay and David Sirota
“King Richard,” Zack Baylin
“Licorice Pizza,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Worst Person in the World,” Eskil Vogt and Joachim Trier 

Best Animated Feature 

“Encanto” – WINNER
“The Mitchells vs. the Machines”
“Raya and the Last Dragon” 

Best Animated Short 

“Affairs of the Art”
“Robin Robin”
“The Windshield Wiper” — WINNER 

Best Live Action Short 

“Ala Kachuu- Take and Run”
“The Dress”
“The Long Goodbye” – WINNER
“On My Mind”
“Please Hold” – 

Best Cinematography 

“Dune” – WINNER 

“Nightmare Alley”
“The Power of the Dog”
“The Tragedy of Macbeth”
“West Side Story” 

Best Costume Design 

“Cruella” – WINNER
“Nightmare Alley”
“West Side Story” 

Best Documentary Feature 


“Summer of Soul” – WINNER
“Writing with Fire” 

Best Documentary Short Subject 

“Lead Me Home”
“The Queen of Basketball” — WINNER 

“Three Songs for Benazir”
“When We Were Bullies” 

Best Editing 

“Don’t Look Up”
“Dune” – WINNER
“King Richard”
“The Power of the Dog”
“Tick, Tick, Boom” 

Best International Feature Film 

“Drive My Car” – WINNER
“The Hand of God”
“Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom”
“The Worst Person in the World” 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling 

“Coming 2 America”
“The Eyes of Tammy Faye” — WINNER
“House of Gucci” 

Best Production Design 

“Dune” – WINNER
“Nightmare Alley”
“The Power of the Dog”
“The Tragedy of Macbeth”
“West Side Story” 

Best Original Score 

“Don’t Look Up”
“Dune” – WINNER
“Parallel Mothers”
“The Power of the Dog” 

Best Original Song 

“Be Alive” from “King Richard”
“Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto”
“Down to Joy” from “Belfast”
“No Time to Die” from “No Time to Die” – WINNER
“Somehow You Do” from “Four Good Days” 

Best Sound 

“Dune” – WINNER
“No Time to Die”
“The Power of the Dog”
“West Side Story” 

Best Visual Effects 

“Dune” – WINNER
“Free Guy”
“No Time to Die”
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”
“Spider-Man: No Way Home”