The annual Academy Awards is known as the Biggest Nigh in Hollywood and can frequently bring out the emotions, drama, and at time controversy.  The 94th annual awards presentation is no different. 

After two years of postponements, isolated, and masked awards presentations; the red carpet and all the gala surrounding the awards has returned to Hollywood.

Beyonce gets the night started off with a performance of “Be Alive” from the film “King Richard” performed on the tennis courts in Compton where the Williams girls – Venus and Serena – learned to play tennis.

This year the Academy Awards chose three females to host the gala event – Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and Regina Hall.

While some awards were presented before the live television broadcast, the first award of the night was for Best Supporting Actress and presented to Ariana DeBose for her role in “West Side Story”.  This was her first nomination and win.

The award for Achievement in Sound went to crew for “Dune”.

Celebrating 30 years of “White Men Can’t Jump”, cast members presented the award for Achievement in Cinematography to Grieg Fraser for “Dune”.  This was his first win.

The award for Short Subject Documentary went to “The Queen of Basketball”.

The award for Achievement in Visual Effects went to the crew for “Dune”.

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of James Bond, The Oscars looks back on the actors of 007 with film clips to the music of “Live and Let Die”.

Sebastian Yatra performs “Dos Oruguitas” form “Encanto”, one of the songs nominated for original song.

The award for Best Animated Feature Film went to “Encanto”.

The award for Best Short Animated Film went to “The Windshield Wiper”.

A look at the new Motion Picture Museum with Wanda Sykes.

The award for Best Supporting Actor went to Troy Kotsur for his role in “CODA”.  This is Troy’s first Academy Award win.  He dedicated the award to the deaf and disabled community.

The award for the Best International Feature Film went to “Drive My Car” from Japan.

Reba McEntire performs “Somehow You Do” form “Four Good Days”.

The award for Short Live Action Film went to “The Long Goodbye”.

The award for Achievement in Costume Design went to Jenny Beavan for “Cruella”.

A live performance of music from “Encanto” by cast members.

Cast members form “Juno” present the award for Original Screen Play went to Kenneth Brannon for “Belfast”.  This is his first win.

The award for Adapted Screen play went to Sian Heder for “CODA”.  This is her first nomination and win.

The award for Best Original Score went to Hans Zimmer for “Dune”.

Billie Eilish and Finneas perform “No Time to Die” from the movie of the same name.

The award for Achievement in Film Editing went to Joe Walker for “Dune”.

Chris Rock called to Jada Plunkett Smith and said that he couldn’t wait to see G I Jane 2.  Will Smith walked up on stage and slapped Chris Rock.

Chris Rock presented the award for Best Documentary Feature to “Summer of Soul (Or, When the Revolution Could not be Televised)”.

Sean Diddy Combs helped to celebrate the anniversary of “The Godfather” series that was released 50 years ago.  Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, and Robert DeNiro appeared on the stage. 

The In Memorium segment of the ceremonies began with Sidney Portier, the only man of colour to win the Best Actor award. On a few occasions, actors spoke on the artists on the screen.

The award for Production Design went to the crew for “Dune”.

The award for Best Original Song went to Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell for “No Time to Die” from “No Time to Die”.  This is their first nomination and win.

Before presenting his award, Kevin Costner spoke of the first time he saw a film…it was “How the West Was Won” and he was seven years old.  The award for Best Direction of a Film went to Jane Campion for “Power of the Dog”.

“Pulp Fiction’s” Uma Thurman, John Travolta, and Samuel L. Jackson celebrate 28 years of the film and present the award for Leading Actor to Will Smith for his role as Richard Williams in “King Richard”.  Noting that Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family, Smith noted that he is being called to love and protect the people in his life.  Noting that in his business you have to take a lot of abuse.  An emotional Smith apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees; adding that it was a beautiful moment.  He said that he looked like the crazy father; adding that love will make you do crazy things.

The award for Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling went to the crew for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”.

Sir Anthony Hopkins presented the award for Best Actress to Jessica Chastain for her role as Tammy Faye in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”.

Lady Gaga and Liza Minelli present the final award of the night of Best Picture to “CODA”!  There was a big shout and applause when the winner was announced.  Many in the house also gave the sign for “yeah”.