By our count, this year’s Oscars featured a dozen memorable moments… but there’s only one we’re all still thinking about, now that the credits have rolled.
Yes, Will Smith and Chris Rock’s unexpected confrontation on the Dolby Theatre stage ultimately emerged as Sunday night’s most buzzed-about moment, after Smith took issue with a joke Rock had made at Jada Pinkett Smith’s expense. (More on that here.)
But before and after that stunning exchange took place, the 94th Academy Awards ushered in several other highs and lows, which we’ve compiled in the list below. And though we expected some moving acceptance speeches during the three-ish-hour broadcast — which we got, thanks to West Side Story‘s Ariana DeBose and CODA‘s Troy Kotsur, among others — we were especially entertained by the moments we didn’t expect, like Yuh-Jung Youn’s endearing lingering during Kotsur’s win for Best Supporting Actor.
Funny ladies Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall also tickled us with their turns as hosts (we found Schumer’s solo set to be particularly great), while Judi Dench’s visit to ABC’s red carpet pre-show was simply delightful, as all things Dench tend to be.
As for the worsts? Well, we have some thoughts about the Oscars’ weak homage to the James Bond films, while the ceremony’s countdown of “cheer-worthy movie moments” felt a tad unjust.
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