“CODA” and “Dune” Dominate the List of Winners at 2022 Academy Awards

The cast and producers of
The cast and producers of "CODA" accept the award for Best Picture at the 94th Academy Awards. Photo by Myung Chun/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock (12869374eq)

Movie buffs spent the last few months patiently awaiting the Academy Awards and Hollywood’s biggest night finally returned to Dolby Theatre on Sunday night. CODA pulled a major upset, scooping the best picture Oscar, while Dune topped the list of winners with a total of six awards.

CODA had to face some tough competition in the best picture category, including The Power of the Dog and Belfast, but it managed to come out victorious against all odds. Its victory is quite historic since it’s the first streaming film and the first film with a predominately deaf cast in leading roles to over pick up the biggest award of the night at the Oscars.

CODA’s victory comes as a shocker because The Power of the Dog entered the race as a major front-runner. It was nominated for 12 awards, but only won one—best director for Jane Campion. It lost all of its technical awards to Dune, which walked away with six statuettes at the end of the night.

As for awards in acting categories, they all went to clear favorites. Will Smith won best actor for King Richard), Jessica Chastain was crowned as the best actress for The Eyes of Tammy Faye, while Troy Kotsur (CODA) and Ariana DeBose (West Side Story) came out victorious in supporting categories.

The 94th Academy Award returned to LA’s Dolby Theatre on March 27 with Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Sykes sharing the hosting duties.


Best Picture
Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi and Patrick Wachsberger, Producers

Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain
The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Actor in a Leading Role
Will Smith
King Richard

The Power of the Dog
Jane Campion

Music (Original Song)
“No Time To Die” from No Time to Die
Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell

Documentary Feature
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Screenplay by Siân Heder

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Written by Kenneth Branagh

Costume Design
Jenny Beavan

International Feature Film
Drive My Car (Japan)
A C&I Entertainment/Culture Entertainment/Bitters End Production

Actor in a Supporting Role
Troy Kotsur

Animated Feature Film
Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino, and Clark Spencer

Visual Effects
Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor, and Gerd Nefzer

Greig Fraser

Actress in a Supporting Role
Ariana DeBose
West Side Story

Makeup and Hairstyling
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh

Production Design
Production Design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Zsuzsanna Sipos

Film Editing
Joe Walker

Music (Original Score)
Hans Zimmer

Live Action Short Film
The Long Goodbye
Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed

Animated Short Film
The Windshield Wiper
Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez

Documentary Short Subject
The Queen of Basketball
Ben Proudfoot

Best Sound
Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill, and Ron Bartlett