Only at the Oscars

Mallory Priest, Athletic's Editor

In late  March, one of the biggest awards shows aired, The Oscars. There are 23 awards that were given to the hardworking cast and crew. As millions of people tune in to watch the actors, actresses, producers, directors, and many more walk the red carpet, win awards, and hear the acceptance speeches, it is always a mystery as to who will come out on top. 

This night is not only to showcase the hard work and dedication that the entire production team has to put in, but also what the nominees are wearing. As the critics and compliments roll in about who was wearing what, the attendees are always dressed to impress. Many fashion magazines and fashion bloggers rated celebrities’ looks on a scale of 1-10 and explainied why they gave it that rating. 

Some of the Oscars outfits. (Photo Courtesy of:

“The red carpet has commenced on Hollywood’s biggest night of the year. The 94th Oscar Awards kicked off Sunday evening at the Dolby Theatre and nominees are dazzling before the show. Among those nominated, Variety highlighted Ariana DeBose, Kristen Stewart and Jessica Chastain as some of the year’s best dressed,” states Variety.

This year’s winners included Will Smith (King Richard), Troy Kotsur (CODA), Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye),  Ariana DeBose (West Side Story), Encanto, Dune x 6, Cruella, The Power of the Dog, Summer of Soul, The Queen of Basketball, Drive My Car, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, No Time to Die, CODA x 2, The Windshield Wiper, The Long Goodbye, and Belfast. 

There has been lots of talk about the movies getting nominated and the ones winning. Some say that it was rigged. Even though some movies received high ratings, they didn’t perform as well in theaters as many hoped. Of the ten nominees for Best Picture, together they only earned about ¼ of the amount of money that Spiderman: No Way Home earned in theaters. 

“The only exception, Dune, barely exceeded $100 million domestically, making it the 13th-highest-grossing movie of 2021. All told, the 10 nominees together have earned barely one-fourth as much at the domestic box office as Spider-Man: No Way Home, explains The New York Times.

At this year’s Oscars, there was some drama that overtook the stage. Comedian, Chris Rock, made a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith and her bald head referencing the G.I. Jane movies, and how he couldn’t wait for the second one to come out. Pinkett-Smith rolled her eyes and her husband Will Smith initially laughed at the joke. Seconds later, Smith walked up on stage and slapped Rock across the face. Everyone in the audience and at home were very shocked. Smith apologized to the Academy and to his fellow nominees for the commotion, and Rock dismissed the question when asked about it. 

“Rock ended up awarding the documentary Oscar to Questlove for Summer of Soul. Asked in the Oscars press room about Smith smacking Rock, Questlove said, “I’m not talking about that. This is about the Harlem cultural festival.”” said Variety. 

Overall it’s safe to say that the Oscars is not just about “Best Picture” it’s about fashion, success, hard work, and surprisingly drama.

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