There were so many other things that went down on the night of the 94th Academy Award Ceremony, and yet the world talked about the slap, and that too, was all wrong! Here is the first and last mention of the slap here, because we are going to highlight and mention what is important and the milestones that were marked.
Ariana DeBose and her win
Ariana DeBose, an American actress, singer, and dancer, walked away with the Oscar. She made history by winning the award for best-supporting actress for “West Side Story.” Attending the event with her partner, professor Sue Makkoo, she is the first openly queer woman of colour and also the first Afro Latina to win an Academy Award for acting.
She said, “DeBose delivered a message directed at her younger self: “When you look into her eyes, you see an openly queer woman of color, an Afro Latina, who found her strength in life through art. And that’s what I believe we’re here to celebrate. “
Kristen Stewart won the red carpet.
While she didn’t win for her role as Princess Diana in Pablo Larraín’s “Spencer,” she no doubt won the red carpet. On the red carpet at the Academy Award Ceremony Night, which usually sees loads of gowns, she donned a Chanel custom suit that came with cropped shorts and a diamond tie chain.
A first-time nominee, she walked the red carpet with her fiancé, Dylan Meyer. The couple, known to rarely make public appearances, were a delight to watch as they shared a sweet kiss on the red carpet.
The Power of the Dog
Directed by Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog centres around themes such as love, grief, masculinity, and sexuality. It’s also been dubbed “the female eye’s long-delayed contemplation on masculinity.”
The story is about a sexually repressed Montana rancher, making it essentially a gay-themed Western. “The Power of Dog” is based on a 1967 novel by Thomas Savage, who is a closeted gay man, and is a semi-autobiographical novel.
Oscar Co-Hosts take on the anti-LGBTQ legislation.
This year, after three years of host-less ceremonies, the ceremony has three women. The last time the Academy Awards ceremony was hosted by a woman was in 2014 by Ellen DeGeneres. The co-hosts of the evening were Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, and Regina Hall. They spoke about homophobic Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill. It is being dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. This bill bans discussion of gender identity or sexual orientation in some elementary school classrooms.
The co-hosts, in response to the conversations about the “don’t say gay” bill, closed their monologue with a strong message for the state, saying, “For you people in Florida, we’re gonna have a gay night. Gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay.”
Elliot Page reunites with ‘Juno’ cast
Jennifer Garner, Elliot Page, and J.K. Simmons reunited on stage to present the award for best original screenplay. Fifteen years after the release of 2007’s “Juno,” the stars of the movie, Jennifer Garner, Elliot Page, and J.K. Simmons. Page came out as transgender in 2020 and is one of the few openly queer actors who has ever been nominated for an Oscar.
Liza Minnelli, the queer icon on stage to give the highest honor
The highest award of the day, for best picture, went to “CODA,” which was awarded by Liza Minnelli, the daughter of the legendary Judy Garland and one of Hollywood’s brightest stars. She was escorted by Lady Gaga, another queer icon and a huge supporter of LGBTQ rights worldwide.
Post her “Cabaret” she had become an ultimate gay icon and also a vocal activist for LGBTQ rights. The chat between Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli was adorable, and when Liza received a standing ovation, Lady Gaga leaned down to her and said, “You see that? The public, they love you. “