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Will Smith, Jessica Chastain win biggest acting honors at Academy Awards

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Hollywood, CA — For the first time since 2018, the Academy Awards (Oscars) was back in person and had three hosts for the evening inside the Dolby Theatre. Co-hosts Amy Schumer, Regina Hall, and Wanda Sykes led the popular night welcoming back celebrities from all walks of life. Stars strutted the red carpet in their most glamorous outfits for the big night.

The evening had its highs and lows like all big shows. But none were as stunning as the altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock. As the saying goes though, the show must go on despite the heated moment between the two.

CODA an Apple TV+ drama about a deaf fishing family and their hearing daughter, took home two of the biggest awards on the night. CODA won an Oscar for Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay while Troy Kotsur who stars in the show took home Best Supporting Actor.

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Dune was the biggest winner on the night capturing six Oscars tonight. Dune is an American science fiction movie directed by Denis Villeneuve from a screenplay by Villeneuve, Jon Spaihts, and Eric Roth. The movie won the following Oscars: Visual effects, cinematography, Original score, Film editing, Production Design, and Sound.

Despite Smith having a rough moment during the night, he finally captured his first-ever Oscar. He has been nominated a couple of times, but after his moving performance in King Richard — which portrays Richard Williams, the father of legendary tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, he was awarded Best Actor in a Leading Role.

“Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family,” Smith stated in his acceptance speech. “In this time in my life, in this moment, I am overwhelmed by what God is calling on me to do and be in this world. Making this film, I got to protect Aunganue Ellis, who is one of the most strongest, most delicate people I’ve ever met. I got to protect Saniyya [Sidney] and Demi [Singleton], the two actresses who play Venus and Serena. I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people. It’s like I want to be a vessel for love. I want to say thank you to Venus and Serena Williams.”

It was a night to remember for Smith, Jessica Chastain — who won Best Actress from her role in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, — and all the other Academy Award winners

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