This year, the various five-person juries appeared to rule in favor of TÁR, which earned the greatest number of nominations with five (cue: Mahler’s Fifth, am I right, Tárheads? Tárheels? What’s our team name?!). But it was Everything Everywhere All at Once that emerged most victorious, the Letterboxd leaderboard-topper scoring two wins: Ke Huy Quan for best supporting performance and directors the Daniels for best feature. Co-director Dan Kwan used his acceptance speech to give a shoutout to fellow filmmaker Charlotte Wells: “Aftersun, my favorite fucking movie of the year: that should’ve won.” (Wells didn’t leave empty-handed; she scooped up breakthrough director, the first award of the night.)
The 2022 Governors Awards
Each year, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (aka the Oscars) hands out three lifetime achievement awards. If you were watching the ceremony pre-2009, you’ll remember when these were given out on-air. Since then, they’ve been spun off into their own event in one of many moves to try to “fix” the Oscars.
On the one hand, this means normies like us who are stuck watching the Oscars at home are deprived of the grand opportunity to see Elaine May accept her honorary Academy Award, which she did last year, off-air. But on the other, the Governors Awards have since swelled into a major red carpet event marking the start of awards season. This year, the carpet was studded with stars including Margot Robbie, Florence Pugh, Taylor Russell, Austin Butler, Angela Bassett, Cate Blanchett, Paul Mescal, Colin Farrell, Michelle Yeoh and more Oscar hopefuls.