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Revue of the 94th Academy Awards (Oscars)

The 94th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films released between March 1 and December 31, 2021, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 27, 2022.


The Slap

Of course the outstanding point is that SLAP by Will Smith (the Slapor) to Chris Rock (The Slapee). Chris Rock had made a joke at the expense of Jada (Will’s wife) regarding her hair (or the lack thereof) and Will didn’t find it funny and walked to the stage and issued a slap that was heard live around the world. I did find it disappointing that Will did that but the most amazing part (to me) is how Chris Rock continued like nothing happened. Look ehn, I aspire to that level of composure because if na me, I for don burst bottle for him head.

The Hosts:

The ceremony was hosted by Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes. It was the first ceremony since the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011 to feature multiple hosts. I particularly liked how they joked that the Academy chose all three of them to host the ceremony as it was cheaper than getting one single host. Though a sarcastic joke, the message regarding pay disparity between actors and actresses was loud and clear.

Talking about jokes, the one targeted at Leornardo Dicaprio by Amy Schumer made me flinch. She said “He’s done so much to fight climate change and leave behind a cleaner, greener planet for his girlfriends”. TBH, that joke is more deserving of a slap than the joke at Jada.

All in all, the host did a good job keeping the event engaging and lively. Kudos to them.

The Awards:

Dune (deservedly) got the most awards carting 6 awards out of the 10 Oscar nominations. Dune scooped the Oscars for Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Sound, and Best Visual Effects.

My favourite of all the awards it won is the best original score award which was scored by the great Hans Zimmer. I don’t know why that award hasn’t been renamed the Hans Zimmer award for best original score??!! Hans is a legend and from the day I watched Dune, I knew that score was definitely wining for that category.

By the way Army of the Dead “won” in the category of Army of the Dead has claimed the inaugural Academy Award for the fan favourite film of 2021 as voted by film fans from across the world. Beating out a long list of hopeful blockbusters, including Snyder’s own cut of Justice League starring Henry Cavill, Jared Leto and Ezra Miller. However, what you need to now is that, No, this category is NOT a real Oscar award, it is just a way to make the ceremony to be more inclusive of popular films that aren’t technical or artistic in nature.


Best supporting actress

Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter)

Ariana DeBose (West Side Story) – WINNER!

Judi Dench (Belfast)

Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog)

Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard)


Best costume design

Cruella – WINNER!



Nightmare Alley

West Side Story


Best sound


Dune – WINNER!

No Time to Die

The Power of the Dog

West Side Story


Best original score

Don’t Look Up

Dune – WINNER!


Parallel Mothers

The Power of the Dog


Best adapted screenplay

Coda (Sian Heder) – WINNER!

Drive My Car (Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe)

Dune (Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve)

The Lost Daughter (Maggie Gyllenhaal)

The Power of the Dog (Jane Campion)


Best original screenplay

Belfast (Kenneth Branagh) – WINNER!

Don’t Look Up (Adam McKay, David Sirota)

Licorice Pizza (Paul Thomas Anderson)

King Richard (Zach Baylin)

The Worst Person in the World (Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier)


Best animated short

Affairs of the Art



Robin Robin

The Windshield Wiper – WINNER!


Best live action short

Ala Kachuu – Take and Run

The Dress

The Long Goodbye – WINNER!

On My Mind

Please Hold


Best supporting actor

Ciarán Hinds (Belfast)

Troy Kotsur (Coda) – WINNER!

Jesse Plemons (The Power of the Dog)

JK Simmons (Being the Ricardos)

Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power of the Dog)


Best film editing

Don’t Look Up

Dune – WINNER!

King Richard

The Power of the Dog

tick, tick… BOOM!


Best makeup & hairstyling

Coming 2 America



The Eyes of Tammy Faye – WINNER!

House of Gucci


Best animated feature

Encanto – WINNER!



The Mitchells Vs the Machines

Raya and the Last Dragon


Best documentary feature




Summer of Soul – WINNER!

Writing With Fire


Best documentary short


Lead Me Home

The Queen of Basketball – WINNER!

Three Songs for Benazir

When We Were Bullies


Best original song

Be Alive (King Richard)

Dos Oruguitas (Encanto)

Down to Joy (Belfast)

No Time to Die (No Time to Die) – WINNER!

Somehow You Do (Four Good Days)


Best cinematography

Dune – WINNER!

Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

The Tragedy of Macbeth

West Side Story


Best international feature

Drive My Car – WINNER!


The Hand of God

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

The Worst Person in the World


Best production design

Dune – WINNER!

Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

The Tragedy of Macbeth

West Side Story


Best visual effects

Dune – WINNER!

Free Guy

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

No Time to Die

Spider-Man: No Way Home


Best actress

Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye) – WINNER!

Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter)

Penélope Cruz (Parallel Mothers)

Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos)

Kristen Stewart (Spencer)


Best actor

Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos)

Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog)

Andrew Garfield (tick, tick … BOOM!)

Will Smith (King Richard) – WINNER!

Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth)


Best director

Kenneth Branagh (Belfast)

Drive My Car (Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)

Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza)

Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog) – WINNER!

Steven Spielberg (West Side Story)


Best picture


Coda – WINNER!

Don’t Look Up

Drive My Car


King Richard

Licorice Pizza

Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

West Side Story

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Revue of Black Widow

Release Date:  July 9, 2021 (Nigeria)

Genre: Action

Directed By: Cate Shortland

Produced By: Kevin Feige

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, Olga Kurylenko, William Hurt, Ray Winstone and Rachel Weisz

Awesome-o-metre : 5.0/10

Black Widow is set after the events of Avengers: Civil War and follows the story of Natasha Romanov aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) who has gone back to face her dark past as a Russian Spy to seek answers about her family and history and also to make amends for wrongs she had wrought long before she was an avenger.
Not to be left out of the female lead/hero tide that is washing over movie land, Marvel have kicked off phase 4 of the MCU with the story of Black Widow and I am here to tell you that it is unnecessary. To be honest, there was no need for this film because we all know what came of Natasha Romanov during the events of Endgame so the stakes in this film isn’t as high.

Furth more, the funny thing about this film is that even though Black Widow is the main character, the real hero is Yelena, Black Widow’s sister played by Florence Pugh because she stole the show. Frankly speaking, this film exposed Black Widows lack of superpowers and her one skill fight style. Shey we all know that she likes that move where she jumps on a villain’s shoulder and spins them to the floor? Well, that is really all she brought to the table while Yelena on the other hand brought some real charisma and even humor about her and to me, she is the hero of this film.

One thing I found off putting in this film is that even though it claims to be an origin story, nothing material or significant is introduced…well that is if you don’t count the (immaterial) story of how she got her utility vest and the aircraft she used in Infinity War.

However, the film did have a few laughs and just like Dome Loretto, harped on the importance of family. David Harbour brought in a few laughs and by laughs, I mean his weak (and inconsistent) attempt at a Russian accent.

Marvel Phase 4 has kicked off on a rather dull note but I hope it picks up. Have you seen Black Widow? What did you think? Sound off in the comment section below or on

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