This past Sunday, the 94th Academy Awards happened at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Although most Oscar Ceremonies are light on drama, the event on March 27 was full of it. For the first time in history, an Oscar winner slapped a presenter. Also, an underdog won for Best Picture.
Check out what happened in one of the most unforgettable Oscars of all time. You can check to seeif the Academy Awards odds matched the winners.
94th Academy Awards Betting Recap
- 94th Academy Awards Oscars Ceremony
- When: Sunday, March 27
- Where: Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, CA
- TV / Streaming: ABC
Will Smith slaps Chris Rock and then wins an Oscar
You’ve seen the slap, right? Rumors abound about why Will Smith walked onto the stage and slapped Chris Rock after Rock made a joke about G.I. Jane 2 and Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith.
After slapping Rock, and Smith barking at the comedian after walking back to his seat, the show went on and then later Will walked onto the stage to accept his Oscar.
Obviously, the former Fresh Prince allowed his emotions to get to him. By the way, Will won the Oscar as the chalk.
Who knows if the Academy invites him to next year’s ceremony. The slap is a double-edged sword. It’s not great press but at least it’s press and the Oscars had become a ratings dud.
So, maybe, the Academy calls up both Rock and Smith and see if they want to duke it out at next year’s event. That will be a good way to get back the eyeballs.
Jessica Chastain finally gets the gold
Jessica Chastain had become a favorite to win the Oscar for her portrayal of Tammy Faye Baker in The Eyes of Tammy Faye. She didn’t disappoint.
She also earned her Oscar. The field was deep. Voters could have made a case for Nicole Kidman, Olivia Colman, or Kristen Stewart.
So Chastain’s victory is a big deal. It was also well deserved. Jessica Chastain is one of the planet’s top actresses. The Best Actress Oscar went to the right performer.
The Power of the Dog wins an Oscar for Jane Campion, but gets shut out in the other major categories
Heading into the event, most though Netflix’s The Power of the Dog would clean up. It didn’t. Yes, Jane Campion won for best director.
But Benedict Cumberbatch lost to Will Smith, Kirsten Dunst failed in the Best Supporting Actress category and neither Kodi Smit-McPhee, who seemed like a lock 3 weeks ago, or Jesse Plemons took home the Best Supporting Actor statute.
The Power of the Dog didn’t even win for Best Adapted Screenplay. So the chalk got shut out except for Campion’s Oscar.
CODA winning Best Picture is one of the biggest upsets in Oscar history
CODA was the big winner. Sure, the movie had become second choice to win Best Picture after The Power of the Dog.
But the Dog had momentum heading into Saturday. Also, CODA didn’t just win Best Picture.
The film also won for Best Adapted Screenplay and Tony Kotsur won for Best Supporting Actor. Going back to the Best Picture win, CODA didn’t just beat The Power of the Dog.
The film also beat Licorice Pizza, Belfast, Dune, and Drive My Car, which were all worthy. Forget the odds. CODA is one of the greatest Best Picture upset winners in history.