Hollywood is gearing up for its biggest night of the year, the 94th Academy Awards as per tradition is taking place in Los Angeles Dolby Theatre today. The star-studded red carpet is returning after pandemic awards last year. The 94th Academy Awards has a crowd-pleasing event planned with three hosts Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes.
9:12 am All three hosts returned to the stage in pyjamas and closed the night with a quick yawn.
9:06 am Lady Gaga and Liza Minelli took to the stage to present the final category of the night. The two announced CODA as the winning film of the night for Best Picture. Notably, CODA bagged three nominations and won all three categories.
9:00 am Jessica Chastain won Best Leading Actress Award for the night. In her speech, Jessica talked about LGBTQ persecution, and how everybody is unconditionally loved. The award was presented by Anthony Hopkins.
8:45 am Will Smith won Best Leading Actor for his performance in King Richard. The actor took to stage with tears as he gave his acceptance speech. Smith called Richard Williams a 'protector of his family'. He added. "I'm being called on in my life to love people and to protect people, and to be a river to my people. You've got to be able to take abuse, you've got to smile and pretend like that's OK".
He ended the winning speech by saying "I hope the Academy invites me back". This marked Will Smith's first Oscar win in his three-decade-long career.
8:35 am Jane Campion wins Best Director for The Power Of The Dog
8:25 am Zoe Kravitz took to the stage with Jake Gyllenhaal to announce the Best Original Song category. Zoe looked visibly happy as she peeked at the name. Billie Eilish And Finneas won their first-ever Oscar award for No Time To Die's original song, 'No Time To Die'.
8:00 am The Best Documentary was Won by Summer Of Soul
India's documentary Writing With Fire was one of the contenders for the category but lost to Summer of Soul.
7:58 am Will Smith just made history at the Oscars by slapping Chris Rock on stage. Chris took to the stage to announce the Best Documentary Award and began the speech with an ad-lib about all the couples nominated. After talking to Javier Bardem, he turned to Will Smith and Jada, asking Jada when her next film will come.
However, the joke didn't land well as Will took to the stage and punched Chris. While the audience took it as part of the performance, it soon became clear the altercation was not planned.
7:42 am The fourth and final performance for the night was by Billie Ellish and Finneas. Announced by Rami Malek, the brother-sister duo took to stage in all black to perform 'No Time To Die' with a live orchestrate with them.
7:37 am CODA marks its first 2022 Oscar win with Best Adapted Screenplay. Sian Heder accepted her first Oscar for her first film as the director. Heder went on to thank many in her acceptance speech along with her husband and her kids. She ended the speech by hugging her signer on stage.
7:32 am Kenneth Branagh won the Best Original Screenplay for Belfast marking his first Oscar win.
Hosts Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes took to the stage to celebrate some of the best movies of the year. While Wanda walked onto the stage as Will Smith from King Richard, Regina walked in as Tammy Fye holding Serena puppet and Amy swung in on the stage wearing a Spider-Man costume.
7:28 am The first-ever live performance of Encanto's 'Bruno' went on without a hitch. The singers took to the stage through the audience. They performed it with flair seen in the film by the animated characters.
However, one of the chorus' lyrics has been changed to 'Celebrate Oscars' by Megan Thee Stallion.
7:15 am Cruella wins the Oscar for Best Costume Design. Jenny Beavan won the award for Cruella, known for nice dresses in all of 2021 films.
7:02 am The Oscar for Best International Feature went to Japan's Drive My Car, marking the country's fifth win in the history of the Academy Awards. The film won among nominees like Flee (Denmark), The Hand of God (Italy), Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Bhutan) and The Worst Person in the World (Norway).
6:40 am Youn Yuh-jung took to stage to announce the Best Supporting Actor winner in the most adorable way. She talked about her mispronunciation during the previous awards season and joked about having to come back as a presenter.
She announced Troy Kotsur as the winner and aided him as he signed his acceptance speech. Troy bagged his first win with CODA and remembered his father in his speech.
6:20 am The craft awards are also bring added to the ceremony with eight more awards added to the list; the academy has cramped them early on, one after the other.
Dune won the award for Best Visual Effects.
6:15 am The Short Documentary award was won by The Queen Of Basketball.
6:08 am Dune wins Best Cinematography by Greig Fraser. This marks Greig's second Oscar nomination however, his first career win. Greig during the acceptance speech assured his mom, he will be home in time for dinner.
6:04 am The Best Sound award was accepted by Dune's team, which happened before the ceremony started, but was also announced during the ceremony in abbreviated form. The winners walked on the stage with their awards and gave their acceptance speeches.
5:55 am Ariana DeBose is the first winner of the night.
Ariana DeBose has won the Oscars 2022 for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in West Side Story.
5:30 am The 94th Academy Awards began with Tennis stars Venus Williams and Serena Williams introducing Beyonce. The singer's performance kicked off the night.
5:10 am The Oscars' red carpet opened up for celebrities across the world. Actors, nominees, presenters, filmmakers all gathered at the Dolby Theatre Los Angeles, ready to celebrate the biggest night of the year in Hollywood.
12:00 am First-time Oscar nominee Kristen Stewart made most headlines by attending the Chanel Pre-Oscar party with her fiance Dylan Meyer.
10:30 pm Hollywood opened up for pre-Oscars 2022 ceremony with several parties from Celebrate South Asian Excellence in Film hosted by Priyanka Chopra on March 23 to Chanel and Charles Finch Dinner's celebration on March 26; attended by tens of nominees and presenters across three days.
9:30 pm The biggest wins of the year could go to director Jane Campion's The Power of the Dog, which is leading the field with 12 nominations. Meanwhile, the film does face some competition from Apple TV's CODA and Sir Kenneth Branagh's Belfast.
Will Smith, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Judi Dench and Troy Kotsur are among the nominees in the lead acting categories, alongside Jessica Chastain, Olivia Colman, Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz and first-time nominee Kristen Stewart.
8:50 pm Will Smith who has never won an Oscar, despite 30 years in the business, is expected to bag the trophy. Meanwhile, most critics and global outlets have named Penélope Cruz as the possible winner for Parallel Mothers. Notably, she has not received any other wins during the awards season this year due to a late release, no Globe, no Critics' Choice, no SAG, and no BAFTA.
The 94th Academy Awards are taking place on March 28, 2022, at 5:30 am IST for the Indian audience. The red carpet tonight will see some of Hollywood's big faces like Lady Gaga, Zoe Kravitz, Kevin Costner, Rosie Perez, Chris Rock, Yuh-Jung Youn, Jamie Lee Curtis, Halle Bailey, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Samuel L Jackson, Anthony Hopkins, Rami Malek, and others.