All the Geeky Winners from the 2022 Academy Awards
The 94th Academy Awards were held this weekend on Sunday, March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Stars stunned on the red carpet. Speeches were made, and highlight reels were played. But this event wasn’t just a celebration for movie buffs. Geeks scored big with wins from pop culture properties we know and love — and collect.
Below, get the rundown on all your favorite fandoms that received acclaim at the Oscars this year.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto won Best Animated Feature. This Disney film focuses on Mirabel Madrigal and her magical family in Colombia. All of these gifted relatives live inside an enchanted house and help the surrounding village with their powers. However, Mirabel doesn’t seem to possess a gift. This is a vibrant musical filled to the brim with family-friendly comedy as well as important life lessons.
You can stream Encanto on Disney+ now. Bring tissues.
Dune swept the Oscar categories with six total wins:
- Production Designer Patrice Vernette won for Best Production Design.
- Cinematographer Greig Fraser won for Best Cinematography.
- Film Editor Joe Walker won for Best Editing.
- The Sound Department won for Best Sound.
- The immense VFX Team won for Best Visual Effects.
- Composer Hans Zimmer won for Best Score.
Dune is a science-fiction and action-adventure film based on the celebrated novel by Frank Herbert. It follows protagonist Paul Atreides, a brilliant young man who travels to a far away planet in order to ensure the survival of his family. Along the way, he encounters a destiny and unfathomable mysteries upon the dunes.
Dune is streaming now on HBO Max.
No surprise here — Disney’s Cruella won Best Costumes. The film imagines fashion icon Cruella de Vil as a designer herself, so naturally costume designer Jenny Beavan upped the ante on every single outfit. Using bright colors, bold patterns, and then a familiar villainous palette, Beavan constructed as much story in the clothes as the writers put into Cruella’s pre-101 Dalmatians backstory.
You can view these lush costumes onscreen when you stream Cruella on Disney+.
No Time To Die
The latest installment in the James Bond franchise, No Time To Die, included an original song by Billie Eilish and Finneas. The song, also called “No Time To Die”, won Best Song. This is Eilish and Finneas’ first Academy Award.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League
DC Comics’ Justice League — the Snyder Cut — won a fan award at the 2022 Oscars. The award, Best Cheer Moment, was given as a list of Top 5 Cheer Moments from recent movies. The Matrix: Resurrections and Spider-Man: No Way Home also ranked, but ultimately Justice League took the #1 spot for the scene where Barry Allen/The Flash enters the Speed Force.
Additional Notable Winners
Jessica Chastain won Best Actress for her role in The Eyes of Tammy Faye. While The Eyes of Tammy Faye is not a geeky movie, you’ll definitely recognize Jessica Chastain from geeky fandoms. She played Sara in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Lucille Sharpe in Guillermo Del Toro’s supernatural horror movie Crimson Peak, Beverly Marsh in IT Chapter 2, and the villain Vuk in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
Ariana DeBose won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Anita in West Side Story. The musical, directed by Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, Jaws, Indiana Jones) is an upbeat remake of a ’60s classic. But we’re mainly highlighting Ariana DeBose here because she’s playing Calypso in Marvel’s upcoming Kraven the Hunter movie. In the comics, Calypso is a voodoo priestess as well as Kraven’s romantic partner.
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