With historic wins, saucy humor, surprise appearances, and unforgettable moments, the 2022 Academy Awards

The 2022 Academy Awards was one that winners, nominees, and viewers alike won’t soon forget. 

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 27: Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs speaks onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

With Will Packer in the driver’s seat as showrunner and Wanda Sykes, Regina Hall, and Amy Schumer hosting, the show’s production skewed more inclusive and exciting this year, with performances from the likes of Beyoncé and Megan Thee Stallion surprising and delighting attendees. Hall’s humorous hijinks were a major standout, and monumental first-time wins for Will Smith, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, and Ariana DeBose cued viewers that these honors are keeping up with the progression of the film industry and diverse audience interests.

With the ceremony sure to be a hot topic on social for weeks to come, take a look at some of the most memorable melanated moments from the Academy’s big night.