Oscars 2022 was the best night for equality

Ahmir Questlove Thompson and Joseph Patel and David Dinerstein winners for Summer of Soul

This years years Ocar’s were the best night for equality. The best actor award went to Will Smith for King Richard. Best female actor award went to Jessica Chastain for The Eyes of Tammy Faye which about the breaking the image of Christian evangelical bigotry against gay men dying of AIDS. She used her acceptance speech to talk about suicide rates of LGBTQ youth.

The first deaf actor to win best supporting actor went to Troy Kotsur for his role about a deaf family in Coda which also won best picture. The first openly queer woman of colour to win best supporting female actor went to Ariana DeBose for West Side Story.

Best documentary went to Summer of Soul (or when the revolution could not be televised) directed by Ahmir Questlove Thompson and produced by Joseph Patel, David Dinerstein and Robert Fyvolent.

British Pakistani Actor Riz Ahmed won his first Oscar for the short film The Long Goodbye, which he also co-wrote alongside the film’s director Aneil Karia. Ahmed’s win was announced in advance of the Oscars 2022 ceremony, with Short Film (Live Action) being one of several categories to be dropped from the live televised portion of the event. Accepting the award, Ahmed said: “In such divided times, we believe that the role of story is to remind us there is no ‘us’ and ‘them’. There’s just ‘us’.” He continued: “This is for everyone who feels like they don’t belong. Anyone who feels like they’re stuck in no man’s land. You’re not alone. We’ll meet you there. That’s where the future is. Peace.”

Other winners of films about racialized people where not made my racialized people include Encanto for best animated film directed by Byron Howard and Jarod Bush and The Queen of Basketball for best shot documentary directed by Ben Proudfoot. Coda was a film about deaf people not made by deaf people.

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