2022 Academy Awards: “CODA” Wins Best Picture, “Dune” Takes Six 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)

After months of anticipation, the Academy Awards finally returned on Sunday night and brought many amazing moments our way. It was a big night for Dune, which picked up a total of six awards, but the best picture trophy went to Apple TV+ drama CODA.

The Sundance hit made history as the first streaming film and the first film with a predominately deaf leading cast to pick up the best picture trophy. It also came out victorious in the other two categories it was nominated for, including best supporting actor (Troy Kotsur) and best adapted screenplay (Sian Heder).

CODA’s victory comes as a shocker since Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog was the biggest front-runner since the beginning of the race, but it only ended up winning the award for best director. As for Dune, Denis Villeneuve’s space opera picked up all of its six awards in technical categories.

Acting categories didn’t bring too many surprises our way. Will Smith (King Richard) and Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye) collected the Oscars for best actor and actress. When it comes to supporting categories, Kotsur was joined by Ariana DeBose (West Side Story).

The 94th Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 27 with Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Sykes serving as hosts.


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