Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli shared one of the most talked-about moments of the Oscars 2022.
In an inspired move, the Oscars called upon the two legends to present the award for Best Picture.
“Oh! It’s so exciting,” Liza Minnelli said as they took to the stage. Lady Gaga replied: “You see that – the public, they love you.”
At one point, Gaga leaned in to tell Minnelli: “I got you,” before announcing to the audience: ‘You know how I love working with legends.”
Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli at the Oscars 2022. (Getty)
Gaga reminded the audience that Minnelli is celebrating 50 years of Cabaret, and after announcing the nominees sang a burst of “Wilkommen”.
Minnelli told the singer: “I’m so happy to be here, and especially with you! I’m your biggest fan.”
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The pair presented the award for Best Picture, which went to Coda.
The Apple TV film, a low-budget indie about a teenager who is the only hearing member of a deaf family, is the first streaming film to win Best Picture at the Oscars.
In recent days it had begun to overtake The Power of the Dog as a favourite to win.
Though Jane Campion won Best Director for the queer Western – becoming just the third woman to win the award in 94 years of the Oscars – The Power of the Dog lost in 11 other categories.
Undoubtedly the most talked-about moment of the nigh came when Will Smith struck Chris Rock on stage for making a poor-taste joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Will Smith slaps Chris Rock during the Oscars 2022. (Getty)
Smith recently shaved her head and opened up about living with alopecia.
Rock compared her to GI Jane, saying: “Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2, can’t wait to see you.
Smith stormed on to the stage, struck Rock, and retreated, reportedly shouting: “Keep my wife’s name out your f***ing mouth.”
He apologised while accepting the award for Best Actor (for playing the father of Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard).
“Art imitates life. I look like the crazy father, just like they said about Richard Williams. But love will make you do crazy things,” he said.
Ariana DeBose accepts the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in “West Side Story”. (ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty)
Elsewhere, history was made as Ariana DeBose became the first openly queer woman of colour to win an Oscar.
She took home Best Supporting Actress for her role in West Side Story, and marked the moment with a powerful speech about inclusion.