The Best and Worst Moments of the 2022 Academy Awards
There was more than one slap in the face
Possibly the best moment from the night didn't actually take place at the ceremony: Hans Zimmer was absent from the awards show, but he still managed to make his own wholesome entry into a night of many viral moments — specifically, his Amsterdam nightgown stunt, which saw him taking home the Oscar for Best Original Score for Dune.
Zendaya and Andrew Garfield checking their phones during the ceremony is just about the only relatable thing that happened all night.
andrew garfield and zendaya both said who cares about the oscars when you have a phone pic.twitter.com/Bi9rwSJ6wO— Shan 卌♡ (@ShanLFTV) March 28, 2022
Ariana DeBose winning Best Actress in a Supporting Role for West Side Story marked a first for openly queer women of colour. Rita Moreno — who won the same award for the same role in 1961 — watching from the audience was the cherry on top.
Last year's Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Youn Yuh-jung (Minari), presenting Troy Kotsur with Best Actor in a Supporting Role (CODA) saw two of the most humble people to ever grace the Academy Awards stage together at the same time.
It gets better.— Goodable (@Goodable) March 28, 2022
Youn Yuh-jung learnt to sign Troy Kotsur's name so she could sign it to announce his win.
Then, the whole audience signed their applause.
Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli shared a heartwarming moment onstage before presenting the Best Picture award to CODA.
Lupita Nyong'o's reaction to that moment is going to be a meme for years to come.
Which brings us to...
The slap. Was Chris Rock's joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith's alopecia in poor taste? Yes, obviously. Was Will Smith's reaction to the joke completely overblown (not to mention delayed)? Absolutely! No one wins here. Not even Denzel Washington, who apparently gave Smith a comforting chat post-slap and inspired that weird, teary acceptance speech about being a "protector." (For what it's worth, the pair have apparently squashed the beef since.)
The uncensored exchange between Will Smith and Chris Rock— nishanneymessiajith20 (@nishanneymessi) March 28, 2022
EVERYONE THOUGHT IT WAS FOR FUN BUT IT DIDNT SEEMED TO BE..WILL SMITH REALLY LOSES HIS COOL AND SLAPPED CHRIS ROCK..EVERYONE SEEMS TO BE UNCOMFORTABLE 🤦♂️😭#Oscar #Oscars2022 #OscarsFanFavorite pic.twitter.com/IDScbswCWM
As we're seeing this morning, the firestorm of hot takes and think-pieces about the slap will surely haunt us for days, if not weeks, to come. Unfortunately, Judd Apatow offered up one of the hottest takes of the night in a since-deleted tweet suggesting that Smith could have "killed" Rock with that smack. Okay, Judd...
Judd Apatow deleted his tweet where he said Will Smith's slap 'could've killed' Chris Rock pic.twitter.com/4LPOfVhvjP— Culture Crave 🍿 (@CultureCrave) March 28, 2022
Amy Schumer not only rubbed salt in the fresh wounds of Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons — who both lost their noms for their respective supporting roles in The Power of the Dog — she also took the disrespect further by unseating Dunst and referring to her as a "seat filler" in a sad attempt at a joke.
More awkward moments at the Oscars: Amy Schumer, with one of the most unfunny jokes of all time, moved Kirsten Dunst out of her seat, calling her a "seat filler," prompting husband Jesse Plemons to say "you know that was my wife?" pic.twitter.com/GrTKLH8dfa— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 28, 2022
Amy Schumer's Spider-Man stunt was cringe-y enough as is, but did she also have to be barefoot?
don't care what you think about Tobey, Andrew and Tom, i think we can all agree that Amy Schumer is the worst Spider-Man https://t.co/9Euhmnmslq— Luke (@qLxke_) March 28, 2022
Amy Schumer in general.
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi getting cut off during his acceptance speech for Best International Feature — when almost no one else suffered the same consequences for running a little long — was arguably offensive. Do better!
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi flew all the way to the states to win an Oscar for directing one of if not the best film of the year, just for the Oscars to cut him off 10 seconds into his acceptance speech. pic.twitter.com/K3NuxTB2H6— FILM DAZE (@filmdaze) March 28, 2022