Sunday, October 1

Anthony Hopkins’ Oscars dancing helps you almost forget that Will Smith slap

Well, that got a little bit tasty didn’t it? We’re not even sure who the winners of the 2022 Oscars were as the 94th Academy Awards were overshadowed by one thing – that slap that Will Smith placed on Chris Rock.

But one man who didn’t let the very awkward situation spoil his night was previous Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins who put a smile on everyone’s faces with some quite frankly brilliant dancing at one of the after-show parties.

The Port Talbot legend didn’t let the kerfuffle spoil his vibe AT ALL. Last year’s Best Actor winner was having the best time proving that at 84 he can out groove almost the best of them. It was actually a surprise that the showed up at all, as when he won last year for The Father, he was in Wales – dancing again, actually, this time with Salma Hayek.

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Sir Anthony was clearly up for a party all day as he posted a video of him getting ready pre-Oscars, jigging around and making silly faces while getting ready.

The man LOVES to dance. And why not?

The light-hearted moment was certainly a far cry from the main talking point of the star-studded ceremony when Smith, now finally an Oscar winner thanks to his role in King Richard, had his freshman win overshadowed by earlier events.

Smith had got up on stage and slapped comedian and presenter Rock after he said of Smith’s wife: “Jada, can’t wait for GI Jane 2,” referencing the fact Jada had shaved her head into a buzzcut. Last year Jada, 50, opened up about her decision to shave her head, after suffering from alopecia.

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It resulted in the Fresh Prince looking like an angry boyfriend on Cardiff’s Mill Lane on a Saturday night, having to be talked down by his best mates (Denzel Washington and Bradley Cooper) and stomping off to Chippy Alley to calm down.

The shocking moment is now dominating headlines across the globe but, as well as Sir Anthony’s lively dancing there was so much more to note from the star-studded event, including close-to-the-bone monologues and some downright history-making wins. Here’s the best from the night.

Amy Schumer’s stinging opening monologue

The comic, who co-hosted alongside Regina Hall and Wanda Skyes, didn’t hold back when it came to taking the Best Picture noms down a peg or two.

On Smith’s King Richard, Schumer joked: “After years of Hollywood ignoring women’s stories, this year we finally got a movie about the incredible Williams sisters’ … dad.” Don’t Look Up was next, with Schumer saying: “I guess the Academy members don’t look up reviews.”

Don’t Look Up Star Leonardo DiCaprio got the biggest stick, though with Schumer deadpanning, “He’s done so much to fight climate change and leave behind a cleaner, greener planet for his girlfriends. Because he’s older. And they’re younger. OK, you get it.”

The Godfather Trilogy reunite

An amazing moment for any film buff was when Al Pacino, Francis Ford Coppola and Robert De Niro came on stage as the Academy honoured the 50th anniversary of the trilogy often named the best of all time.

“I feel moments like this should be sincere and brief, and I’m so grateful for my wonderful friends to come here to help me celebrate with you,” Coppola said of DeNiro and Pacino. “This project that we began 50 years ago with really the most extraordinary collaborators, many of them legends and so many of them that I can’t take the time to list them all, but you know them all well.

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“So I’m going to only thank two from the bottom of my heart,” Coppola added, personally thanking Mario Puzo, author of the Godfather novels, and late producer Robert Evans.

“Thank you. Viva Ukraine!” Coppola concluded.

John Travolta and Uma Thurman recreate the Pulp Fiction dance

Uma Thurman, John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson were another iconic film trio reunited on stage – they brought the gold-lined case with them, too.

The stars opened the case to reveal its true contents: the envelope holding the name of the winner for Best Actor, but they also treated the audience to a dance to Chuck Berry’s Never Can Tell, which is straight out of the 1994 Oscar winner directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Coda’s Best Picture win

A first in Oscar’s history as a film from a streaming service, rather than one that’s had a cinematic release, has swiped the Best Film gong. Coda, which is on Apple TV+ saw star Troy Kotsur win Best Supporting Actor, too and is about the only hearing member of a deaf family pursuing her passion for singing. The film also stars Aled Jones’ daughter, Emilia.

Ariana DeBose & Rita Moreno winning 60 years apart for the same role

This was a really cool moment, DeBose and Moreno both played Anita in West Side Story and both won the Best Supporting Actress award, 60 years apart. Moreno became the first Latina Oscar winner when she took home the gold at the 1962 ceremony. And DeBose is a queer woman with Afro-Latina heritage. Both are certainly groundbreaking Oscar winners.

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Megan Thee Stallion joining the Encanto cast for We Don’t Talk about Bruno

This was a brilliant performance of one of the best songs of the year and featured a surprise guest rap verse from Megan Thee Stallion, Prince’s long-time drummer Sheila E as well as artists Becky G and Luis Fonsi.Of course, the cast of Encanto also joined in with the performance of the song – written by Lin Manuel-Miranda – which has surpassed Let It Go to be Disney’s highest-charting song in over 26 years.

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