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Oscars 2022: a historic night for women – overshadowed by male violence

If Jane Campion becomes the third woman ever to win best director but Will Smith slaps Chris Rock, did it really happen?

  • Oscars wrap: Coda triumphs while Will Smith attacks Chris Rock onstage
  • All the winners and nominees from the 94th Academy Awards

It was a historic night for women in film. Jane Campion, the revered New Zealand-born Australian director, became the third female film-maker ever and the second in a row to win best director in the 94-year history of the Academy Awards.

Director Sian Heder won the night’s top gong, taking home best picture and best adapted screenplay, for Coda – just her second feature-length film and the first win for Apple. And earlier in the night, Ariana DeBose became the first queer woman of colour to win best supporting actress. At just 20, Billie Eilish won for best original song, and costume designer Jenny Beavan picked up her third Oscar for her work on Cruella.

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