Will Smith’s on-stage altercation with Chris Rock is dominating the post-Oscars news cycle, but there were a number of other history-making moments that you may have missed.
Here are some:
1. CODA wins best picture
The coming-of-age family drama about a hearing child and her deaf family was celebrated by the audience with a visual applause—waving one’s hands instead of clapping.
After its Sundance premiere, the film was distributed by Apple TV+. This is the first time that a streaming platform has won Best Picture.
Troy Kotsur later became the second ever deaf actor to win an Oscar. His award for Best Supporting Actor was also celebrated with a lot of hand waving.
“I cannot believe I’m here. Thank you so much to all the members of The Academy for recognizing my work,” Kotsur said.
2. Ariana DeBose makes Oscars history
DeBose was named Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Anita in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, becoming the first openly queer woman of color to win an acting Oscar.
“You see a openly queer woman of color, an Afro-Latina, who found her strength in life through art. And that’s what I believe we’re here to celebrate,”DeBose stated.
Rita Moreno won the Best Supporting Actress award in 1962 for her role as Anita. This made Rita the first Latina Oscar winner.
3. Beyonce receives her first Oscar nomination
Beyonce sang her Oscar-nominated hit “Single.” “Be Alive”The biographical drama film “King Richard” at the same Compton tennis courts where Venus and Serena Williams became legends. Blue Ivy, her 10-year-old daughter, also participated alongside her mother.
The dancers were accompanied by an orchestra and were dressed in tennis-ball-colored attire.
Oscar ratings rebounded after last year’s record low ratings. But at 15.36million viewers it was still the second most-watched Oscars.