From Beyoncé’s killer performance to the most controversial “punchlines”, here’s the best bits from last nights explosive show.
We knew the potential performers, we read every single nomination, we found out who the hosts were going to be… yet nothing could have prepared us for last nights Oscar Academy Awards — and we are still very much in the stages of processing it. From Dune clearing a complete sweepstake of trophies, to one of the most controversial “punchlines” ever pulled on stage, the 94th Academy Award show definitely made itself one of timeless history.
So to see our favourite moments of the entire evening, scroll below…
Beyoncé gets the party started
They say you should always start as you mean to go on, and with Beyoncé delivering the opening performance of the show — we were certainly set up for a night of explosive entertainment. Introduced by Venus and Serena Williams themselves, an aerial shot comes into focus, showing a young woman on a horse slowly making her way to the tennis courts in Compton — where the Williams sisters worked for hours on ends to become the athletes they are today. Upon arrival, Beyoncé and her entire crew are seen decked out in tennis-ball yellow, where sparkling synths welcome the symphony of King Richard’s “Be Alive”. Singing “It feels so good to be alive”, Beyoncé gets everyone on the cusp of tears before the show even begins — with the help of a surprise appearance from Blue Ivy, of course.
Before you can even take your seat at the Oscars and enjoy the show, you have to first receive an invitation. With Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story being nominated for seven nominations, fans worldwide were filled with shock and outrage as leading star Rachel Zegler revealed her invite to the Oscars must have got lost in the post. In response to the backlash, Zegler was invited by the Academy as a host — which she took in her stride with an added dash of spice. While presenting beside Euphoria’s Jacob Elordi, Rachel reveals she would have never believed she’d be on that stage “six days ago”. Her appearance just goes to show, when injustice is served – and when you have the entire internet backing your case – dreams can come true, “and pretty fast, too”.
Since the premiere of Encanto, we haven’t been able to escape the allure of the addictive track, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”. Having already garnered an impressive selection of awards itself, the track was performed by the Encanto cast along with a surprise guest — Megan Thee Stallion, who leant her lyrical prowess to a punching new verse. Becoming the first female rapper to ever perform on stage at the Oscars, Megan continues to shake up the rap industry — and gets the crowds quivering in anticipation for her forthcoming Netflix docuseries.
Dune wins all the Oscars
For most blockbusters, it is an honour all of its own to take home a trophy from the Oscars, yet wiping the floor completely, Dune left the ceremony with a total of six Oscars under its belt — making it one of the most acclaimed pictures of the year so far. Having taken home the trophies for Best Sound, Best Achievement in Production Design, Best Original Score and Best Achievement in Film Editing and more, we are more excited than ever for the second part of Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya’s sci-fi fantasy film to hit the big screen.
Will Smith lands Chris Rock’s punchline
Would it really be a live-streamed global event without a little bit of drama and scandal? Looking over the historic moments of the Academy Awards history, it has never been without its controversy. Yet no-one was prepared for the moment that Will Smith descended upon the stage to slap Chris Rock, who made an unsavoury joke at the expense of the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith. As soon as the events unraveled, we headed straight to Twitter, where the reaction photos provided enough material to make memes for the rest of the year. To see our favourite contenders, scroll below…