2022 Academy Awards: “CODA” Pulls a Major Upset, Wins Best Picture

The cast and producers of
The cast and producers of "CODA" accept the award for Best Picture at the 94th Academy Awards. Photo by Myung Chun/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock (12869374eq)

CODA was one of the biggest underdogs at the start of the awards season, but that didn’t stop it from finishing the race in the top spot. The Apple TV+ drama won the best picture at the Oscars on Sunday night, becoming the first streaming movie to do so.

CODA entered the race with a total of three nominations and managed to walk away with all of them. In addition to becoming the first film with a predominately deaf leading cast to win the best picture, it also picked up awards for best supporting actor (Troy Kotsur) and best adapted screenplay (Sian Heder).

Despite missing out on the best picture award, Jane Campion still made history with The Power of the Dog, becoming the third woman to win the award for best director. It was also a big night for Dune, which topped the list of winners with a total of six awards, mostly in technical categories.

Acting awards were pretty easy to predict, and they all went to clear front-runners. Kotsur was joined by Will Smith, who picked up his first Oscar for King Richard, while Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye) and Ariana DeBose (West Side Story) won awards for best leading and supporting actress, respectively.

The 94th Academy Awards took place on March 27 with Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Sykes hosting the ceremony.


Best Picture
Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi and Patrick Wachsberger, Producers

Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain
The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Actor in a Leading Role
Will Smith
King Richard

The Power of the Dog
Jane Campion

Music (Original Song)
“No Time To Die” from No Time to Die
Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell

Documentary Feature
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Screenplay by Siân Heder

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Written by Kenneth Branagh

Costume Design
Jenny Beavan

International Feature Film
Drive My Car (Japan)
A C&I Entertainment/Culture Entertainment/Bitters End Production

Actor in a Supporting Role
Troy Kotsur

Animated Feature Film
Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino, and Clark Spencer

Visual Effects
Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor, and Gerd Nefzer

Greig Fraser

Actress in a Supporting Role
Ariana DeBose
West Side Story

Makeup and Hairstyling
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram, and Justin Raleigh

Production Design
Production Design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Zsuzsanna Sipos

Film Editing
Joe Walker

Music (Original Score)
Hans Zimmer

Live Action Short Film
The Long Goodbye
Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed

Animated Short Film
The Windshield Wiper
Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez

Documentary Short Subject
The Queen of Basketball
Ben Proudfoot

Best Sound
Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill, and Ron Bartlett