Academy members from each of the 17 branches voted to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominated actors, film editors nominated film editors etc. This year, the Academy saw its highest ever voter participation in the organization’s history, with members submitting ballots from 82 countries.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Highlights included the winner for the category of Best Director awarded to Jane Campion for her work in ‘The Power of the Dog’. The winner for Best Picture was awarded to ‘Coda’, which also took the award for best Writing (Adapted Screenplay). Additionally, the academy awarded Troy Kotsur for the category of Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
The category of Cinematography was awarded to Greig Fraser’s work on ‘Dune’. The film ‘Dune’ also saw a win for best Music (Original Score) congratulating the work of Hans Zimmer. The film also took awards for the category of Production Design, as well as for Visual Effects and Sound.
The winner of Best Actor in a Leading Role was given to Will Smith for his work in ‘King Richard’. Additionally, the winner of Best Actress in a Leading Role was awarded to Jessica Chastain in ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’. This title also won Best Makeup and Hairstyling. The winner of best actress in a supporting role was Ariana Debose for her stand-out performance in ‘West Side Story’.
Additionally, ‘Belfast’ swept the stage for the category of Writing (Original Screenplay), written by Kenneth Branagh. The category of Short Film (Animated) went to ‘The Windshield Wiper’, and the award for Short Film (Live Action) went to ‘The Long Goodbye’ by Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed.
The winner of best animated feature film was ‘Encanto’ with acknowledgement of Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino and Clark Spencer for their work. The category for costume design saw a triumph for Jenny Beavan’s work in ‘Cruella’. Finally, the winner for the category of Music (Original Song) was awarded to the film ‘No Time to Die’.
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