Singer Esperanza Spalding on stage during the 84th annual Academy Awards at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, Calif., on Feb. 26.
Singer Esperanza Spalding on stage during the 84th annual Academy Awards at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, Calif., on Feb. 26.

The Oscars—the premier Hollywood event of the year—honors the film industry’s best and brightest. The evening was also big for Massachusetts, which can boast a range of winners with ties to the Bay State.

Esperanza Spalding

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

The Grammy-winning jazz singer and musician (pictured above) wasn’t up for an award but she led the In Memoriam tribute to fallen film greats with a gentle rendition of “What a Wonderful World.” A Berklee graduate, she’s been lauded for her “tear-jerking” and “wistful” performance.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, left, and co-director Daniel Junge (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

The Pakistani native, who directed “Saving Face,” a film about women who have survived vicious acid attacks, won for the Oscar for Best Documentary Short, bringing the South Asian nation its first Academy Award. The Smith alumna’s achievement has also likely instilled pride among students at her Northampton-based alma mater.

Nat Faxon (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Nat Faxon

The comedian and Manchester-by-the-Sea native scored the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Descendants” alongside co-writer and “Community” star Jim Rash. In addition to taking home Oscar gold, the duo also captured the thoughts of many award show watchers when they playfully mocked presenter Angelina Jolie’s vampy pose.

Robert Richardson (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Robert Richardson

While the other Oscar winners with Mass. connections are new to Academy Award glory, Richardson is a veteran, picking up a trophy for Best Cinematography for the third time. The Hyannis-born filmmaker and Rhode Island School of Design graduate also has Oscars for his work on “JFK” and “The Aviator.”