And the hashtags go to… Zack Snyder. At Sunday night’s 2022 Oscars ceremony, the director’s zombie thriller Army of the Dead won the #OscarsFanFavorite title, while the Flash Speed Force scene from his cut of Justice League was this year’s #OscarsCheerMoment—a brand-new honorific celebrating a scene from a beloved movie as voted on by Twitter users. This year marks the first time both prizes have been given out, shaking up the awards’ traditional lineup as the Academy continues searching for ways to boost ratings and acclimate to the modern moviegoing audience.
The other contenders in the cheer category included the Spider-Man Team Up moment from Spider Man No Way Home; Neo dodging bullets in The Matrix; Jennifer Hudson singing “And I’m Telling You” in dream girls; and the Avengers Assemble moment in Endgame. The other competitors in the #OscarsFanFavorite category included Spider Man: No Way Home, Cinderella, Minamata, and Tick, Tick…Boom!
When it was announced, the ceremony’s decision to bestow the #OscarsFanFavorite hashtag, was likened to the Oscars finally incorporating a most-popular-film category, which the awards had briefly considered doing back in 2018 in order to integrate bigger, more mainstream movies into the Oscar lineup. After backlash, the plan to give out a special popular movie Oscar was dropped. This year, though, the Academy gave it another shot, encouraging fans to vote for any film. On February 28, the Academy revealed the top 10 vote getters—which included Spider Man: No Way Home, a trusty neighborhood blockbuster; army of the dead, Zack Snyder’s Netflix Zombie Movie; and cinderella, a reimagining of the classic fairy tale starring Camila Cabello.
Will Packer, who produced this year’s Oscar ceremony, defended the inclusion of the audience-voted prize in a recent interview with variety. “It just helps to augment what is already a show that’s all about elevating the best of community building,” he said. “It creates a two-way dialogue and is more inclusive because the Oscars always felt so stuffy and so one-percenter.” Oscar cohost Regina Hall felt similarly, count Vanity Fair she thought the idea of the new prize was “great.”
“The world is a lot more interconnected,” she said. “I think it’ll be fun to hear a fan favorite.”
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