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How Did Your Favorite Grownup Stars Do at the Oscars?

We’ve got the full scoop, from surprises to statuettes

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(Left to right) Kenneth Branagh, Jane Campion and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson
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Grownups fared well at the Oscars Sunday night — until Will Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage. But that news-making incident doesn’t change that seven moviemakers over 50 took home major Academy Awards. It was a night of triumph for best supporting actor winner Troy Kotsur, 53; best original screenplay winner Kenneth Branagh, 61; best director Jane Campion, 67; Cruella’s best costume design winner Jenny Beavan, 71; and Summer of Soul’s best documentary winner Questlove (Ahmir Khalib Thompson, 51). Dune director Denis Villeneuve, 54, was the biggest winner, with six Oscars, including cinematography and production design.

Smith, 53, won Best Actor for King Richard, and apologized to the Academy for his reaction to a joke about his wife. The Academy issued a statement saying it does not condone violence.

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Celebrating a world grownups remember

The 2022 Oscars proved that smart, arty movies are particularly appealing to a 50-plus audience and that a grownup-driven blockbuster like Dune can earn the industry’s top honors. But they also proved that the legacy of immortal films our generations remember well still endures. Fifty years after The Godfather’s Oscar win, Francis Ford Coppola, 82, was honored alongside his stars Al Pacino, 81, and Robert De Niro, 78. And 50 years after her Oscar-winning turn in Cabaret, Liza Minnelli, 76, joined Lady Gaga to present the best picture award to CODA. Kevin Costner, 67, Hollywood’s most successful maker of Westerns, eloquently put Campion’s The Power of the Dog in the historical context of How the West Was Won, the Western epic that, Costner said, “fired my imagination and captured my heart” in 1963. She is one grownup who upholds that proud tradition.

The emotional and historic wins of CODA

The most inspiring winner of the night was Troy Kotsur, 53, who won best supporting actor in the extraordinarily heartwarming best picture, CODA, whose title stands for “child of deaf adults.” Kotsur is the second deaf actor to win an Oscar; the first was his CODA costar Marlee Matlin, 56, who won best actress 35 years ago for Children of a Lesser GodMinari’s 2021 Oscar winner Yuh-Jung Youn, 74, charmingly presented Kotsur the award, announcing it first in sign language, then verbally. Oscar pundit Daniel Montgomery quipped, “A Yuh-Jung Youn and Troy Kotsur rom-com would get more young viewers than tonight’s Oscars.” The interpreter translating Kotsur’s acceptance speech for the audience teared up, and so did the audience, many of whom were applauding silently with sign language (by waving their hands).

Streaming platforms win big

CODA was also a big win for Apple TV+, the first streaming service to win best picture. But rival streamer Netflix also fielded a big winner, Campion, whose The Power of the Dog was her comeback film, 28 years after her first Oscar for writing The Piano. And Amazon Prime's Belfast took the screenwriting prize with Kenneth Branagh. Some thought the rise of streaming entertainment would threaten moviemaking, but in fact it helps keep grownup cinema alive and thriving.

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Rita Moreno (left) and Ariana DeBose
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Love between the generations — an AARP fave theme — was big last night

​It was a big year for films with intergenerational themes, a great favorite of grownup viewers, including CODAKing Richard and West Side Story, whose best supporting actress winner Ariana DeBose thanked her castmate and “divine inspiration” Rita Moreno, 81, who won the Oscar for the same role in 1962. “I’m so grateful your Anita paved the way for tons of Anitas like me,” said DeBose.

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All the top winners

​Here are top award winners and nominees in a year Hollywood is relieved to have survived.

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Best Picture

  • Belfast
  • CODA (Winner)
  • Don’t Look Up
  • Drive My Car
  • Dune
  • King Richard
  • Licorice Pizza
  • Nightmare Alley
  • The Power of the Dog
  • West Side Story

Best Actress

  • Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye (Winner)
  • Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter
  • Penélope Cruz, Parallel Mothers
  • Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos
  • Kristen Stewart, Spencer

Best Actor

  • Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
  • Andrew Garfield, Tick, Tick ... Boom
  • Will Smith, King Richard (Winner)
  • Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth

Best Director

  • Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
  • Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Drive My Car
  • Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza
  • Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog (Winner)
  • Steven Spielberg, West Side Story

​​Best Documentary Feature

  • Ascension
  • Attica
  • Flee
  • Summer of Soul (Winner)
  • Writing With Fire

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • CODA, Sian Heder (Winner)
  • Drive My Car, Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe​
  • Dune, Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth​
  • The Lost Daughter, Maggie Gyllenhaal​
  • The Power of the Dog, Jane Campion

Best Original Screenplay

  • Belfast, Kenneth Branagh (Winner)
  • Don’t Look Up, Adam McKay, story by McKay and David Sirota​
  • King Richard, Zach Baylin​
  • Licorice Pizza, Paul Thomas Anderson​
  • The Worst Person in the World, Eskil Vogt and Joachim Trier

Best Costume Design

  • Cruella (Winner)
  • Cyrano
  • Dune
  • Nightmare Alley
  • West Side Story

Best International Feature Film

  • Drive My Car (Winner)
  • Flee
  • The Hand of God
  • Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom
  • The Worst Person in the World

Best Supporting Actor

  • Ciarán Hinds, Belfast
  • Troy Kotsur, CODA (Winner)
  • Jesse Plemons, The Power of the Dog
  • J.K. Simmons, Being the Ricardos
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog

Best Animated Feature

  • Encanto (Winner)
  • Flee
  • Luca
  • The Mitchells vs. the Machines
  • Raya and the Last Dragon

Best Visual Effects

  • Dune (Winner)
  • Free Guy
  • No Time to Die
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

Best Cinematography

  • Dune (Winner)
  • Nightmare Alley
  • The Power of the Dog
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • West Side Story

Best Supporting Actress

  • Jessie Buckley, The Lost Daughter
  • Ariana DeBose, West Side Story (Winner)
  • Judi Dench, Belfast
  • Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog
  • Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard

Best Production Design

  • Dune (Winner)
  • Nightmare Alley
  • The Power of the Dog
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • West Side Story

Best Editing

  • Don’t Look Up
  • Dune (Winner)
  • King Richard
  • The Power of the Dog
  • Tick, Tick ... Boom

Best Score

  • Dune (Winner)
  • Don’t Look Up
  • Encanto
  • Parallel Mothers
  • The Power of the Dog

Best Sound

  • Belfast
  • Dune (Winner)
  • No Time to Die
  • The Power of the Dog
  • West Side Story

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