Patrice Vermette won the Oscar for Best Art Direction for Dune.

LOS ANGELES — KODA: Heart to Music won the Oscar for Best Picture at the 94th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Inspired by the French film The Linen Family, Sian Heder’s musical drama tells the story of Ruby, the only hearing person in a deaf family who discovers her passion for singing.

It is the first film with a predominantly deaf cast to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Despite only having three nominations, the film won Oscars in all of those categories, including Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.

While Montrealer Denis Villeneuve’s Dune eluded the Best Picture Oscar, the sci-fi drama still won six awards, including Best Art Direction, awarded by Patrice Vermette.

Longueuil shared his win with Hungarian Artistic Director Zsuzsanna Sipos, already nominated for Young Victoria in 2010 and Arrival in 2017, also directed by Denis Villeneuve.

During the award ceremony, Patrice Vermette looked up at the sky to greet his friend, director Jean-Marc Vallee, who passed away in December. He worked with him on the film “Victoria – the young years of the queen.”

Among other statuettes collected by Dune, the Oscar for best sound went to Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett. Hans Zimmer also won Best Original Score; Joe Walker for Best Editing.

All these prizes were awarded during the pre-gala, which began at 19:00.

After the broadcast began at 8 p.m., Greig Fraser, director of photography for Dune, received the 5 p.m. statuette for the film.

Then Paul Lambert, Tristan Miles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for Dune.

Oscar for Ben Proudfoot

Halifax’s Ben Proudfoot won the Oscar for Best Short Documentary for Queen of the Basketball, about Lucy Harris, the only woman chosen by the NBA.

“It proves that the story of Lucy Harris, after 45 years of ignorance, really matters to America and the world,” said Mr. Proudfoot, who was previously nominated in 2021 for the Concert Is a Talk Award. text at The Canadian Press ceremony.

“From the quiet town of Mississippi to the world stage, Lucy Harris, the queen of basketball, has always belonged and always will belong to the top. This is a record that will never be broken,” he added.

The 22-minute biography was written by players Steph Curry and Shaquille O’Neal.

Dog Power Awarded

Jane Campion won an Oscar for Best Director for her western The Power of the Dog, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, filmed in her native New Zealand.

This is the first Oscar in this category for the 67-year-old director. In 1994, she received an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for The Piano Lesson, which also earned her a directorial nomination.

Jane Campion, the first woman to be nominated twice for Best Director, beat fellow nominees Paul Thomas Anderson, Kenneth Branaud, Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Steven Spielberg.

Among the film’s producers is Roger Frappier from Quebec.

Significant supporting roles

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to Ariana DeBose for West Side Story. She won an Oscar for her performance, singing and dancing as Anita in her breakthrough role in Steven Spielberg’s reimagining of the classic musical.

She becomes the first African-Latino and openly LGBTQ actress to win in this category.

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The 31-year-old North Carolina native, little known in film circles before landing his coveted role, became an Oscar favorite after awards season.

For his part, Troy Kotzur, the first deaf male actor to be nominated for an Oscar, won Best Supporting Actor for KODA: A Heart to Music.

Mr. Kotzur has joined KODA: Heart to Music co-star Marley Matlin as the only deaf Oscar winner. Ms. Matlin remains the youngest winner of the Best Actress Oscar at age 21 for the 1986 drama Children of a Lesser God.

The stellar audience came to the defense of Mr. Kotsur, the perennial favorite, who has already won awards from the British Academy of Film, SAG, Critics Choice and Independent Spirit. Javier Bardem, Jessica Chastain, Nicole Kidman and others raised their hands and waved them – a way of applause in sign language.

Will Smith vs Chris Rock

The Oscars fell into an awkward silence after Will Smith punched Chris Rock on stage after the comedian made a joke about Mr Smith’s wife. Mr Smith cursed Mr Rock when he returned to his seat.

Chris Rock was presenting the award for best documentary when a tense exchange took place. So far, the Oscars have been going smoothly.

Moments later, Will Smith won the Best Actor Oscar for King Richard: Outside.

Will Smith tearfully noted that Richard Williams, the film’s protagonist, was also fiercely protective of his family. He also apologized to the academy and other nominees.

Other prices

Jessica Chastain won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role as televangelist Tammy Faye Baker in The Eyes of Tammy Faye. This is the first “Oscar” for Miss Chastain in three categories. She was previously nominated for “Zero Dark Thirty” in 2013 and “The Help” in 2012.

Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Japanese film “Drive My Car” won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

The Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film went to Disney Studios’ Encanto: The Fantastic Madrigal Family directed by Jared Bush and Byron Howard.

“Summer of the Soul”, in English “Summer of the Soul (… or when the revolution could not be broadcast on television)”, won an Oscar for best documentary.

The Oscar for Best Original Screenplay went to Kenneth Branay for Belfast. Best Adapted Screenplay went to Shian Heder for CODA: Heart to Music, inspired by Eric Lartigo’s La famille Bélier.

In terms of costumes, Jenny Beavan won her third Oscar for her role in Cruella.

Billie Eilish won an Oscar for Best Song for No Time To Die.

At the Pre-Gala, the fictional short film The Long Goodbye, starring Riz Ahmed, won Best Short Film and Best Animated Short Film, The Janitor.

The Oscar for best makeup and hair goes to Tammy Faye.

A moment of silence for Ukraine

There was a moment of silence at the Oscars in support of Ukraine, which has been under unprovoked invasion by Russia for more than a month.

A few words were said by actress of Ukrainian origin Mila Kunis. Later, a call was placed for everyone to do everything possible to send aid to Ukraine.

During a tribute to The Godfather film, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, director Francis Ford Coppola, accompanied by actors Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, concluded his speech with the words “Long live Ukraine.”

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