Oscars 2022: Apple TV beats Netflix for first streaming Best Picture with CODA. Here are the history-making moments

Oscars 2022: There were a lot of firsts that marked the proceedings in the 94th Academy Awards. Here are all of them.

The 2022 Oscars have concluded. Like every year, this year’s announcements were accompanied by expressions of delight or distress on social media sites, and the ceremony, most have concluded, was a mixed bag. However, the conversation after the 94th Academy Awards was not about the best picture winner Coda, or historic wins for Ariana DeBose or hearing-impaired actor Troy Kotsur, but when the best actor winner, Will Smith, smacked presenter Chris Rock across the face after taking offence at his joke directed at wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
But setting the on-stage shenanigans aside for a minute, here’s looking at the illustrious firsts that the 94th Academy Awards witnessed.
The Power of the Dog led the event going in with 12 nods. It, however, could win only one trophy — Jane Campion for Best Director. The evening (or morning for Indians) really belonged to CODA, which clinched all 3 trophies it was nominated in, including the biggest one (Best Picture), and Dune, which won the most trophies (six).
The ceremony was an upgrade on the 2021’s iteration, which was deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and sheer scarcity of theatrical releases.
Ariana DeBose is the first openly queer woman of colour and first openly queer performer to win an acting Oscar
Ariana DeBose, the star of Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, made history by becoming the first openly queer woman of colour to win an Oscar and the first openly queer performer to win acting Oscar. In her emotional acceptance speech, she underlined the importance of her win, saying, “For anyone who’s ever questioned your identity ever, ever, ever, or find yourself living in the gray spaces, I promise you that there is indeed a place for us.”
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West Side Story character Anita’s second win
DeBose’s win in the Best Supporting Character category was not the first time an actor won an Oscar for the character Anita. That had come with Rita Moreno’s win in the 1962’s original West Side Story. Interestingly, DeBose’s win came exactly 60 years later.