Attending stars and even netizens were shocked when the video of actor Will Smith allegedly slapping comedian and host Chris Rock, while at the height of the 94th Academy Awards or Oscars, spread on social media, Sunday. evening, March 27.
Rock can be seen happily joking and true to form as a stand-up comic, he began sending barbs out into the crowd. After making a quip about Denzel Washington, Rock turned his attention to Jada Pinkett Smith, saying he was looking forward to seeing her in G.I. Jane II. (Pinkett Smith was sporting a buzzcut, just like Demi Moore’s character in the 1997 film G.I. Jane). Smith can be seen keeping up and still laughing at the comedian’s stretches, the camera cut to Pinkett Smith, who rolled her eyes as she sat next to Smith.
Then after a while, he suddenly walked up and climbed the stage, and to everyone’s surprise, his right hand suddenly popped out and landed on Rock’s face. Rock was obviously shaken but ‘the show must go on’. “Will Smith just smacked he sh-t out of me,” said a stunned Rock. Smith responded: “Keep my wife’s name out your f-cking mouth,” and repeated the phrase.
Despite this, Smith was still named Best Actor for the film ‘King Richard’. He defeated fellow nominees Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog), Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick… Boom!) And Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth).
In his acceptance speech, he apologized to the Academy and its fellow nominees for what happened.
“I want to apologize to the Academy, I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees,” Smith said emotionally.
“This is a beautiful moment and I’m not crying for winning an award, it’s not about winning an award for me… Art imitates life, I look like the crazy father. Love will make you do crazy things. ”
The Best Actor continued, “I know to be able to do what we do you gotta be able to take abuse, you gotta be able to have people talk crazy about you. In this business you gotta have people disrespecting you and you gotta pretend that that’s OK… Denzel (Washington) said to me a few minutes ago, ‘At your highest moment, be careful, that’s when the devil comes for you.’ ”
“I want to say thank you to Venus and Serena and the entire Williams family for entrusting me with your story. That’s what I want to do. I want to be an ambassador of that kind of care and love and concern. ”
Smith continues to associate himself with the character played in the film for which he won Best Actor.
“Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family. At this time in my life, in this moment I am overwhelmed by what God is calling on me to do and be in this world. Making this film, I got to protect Aunjanue Ellis who is one of the strongest, most delicate people I’ve ever met. ”
“I got to protect Saniyya and Demi, the two actresses that play Venus and Serena… I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people.”
“I want to be a vessel of love. I want to say thank you to Venus and Serena, I just hope they didn’t see that on TV. ”
Meanwhile, there is no word yet on whether Will and Chris have made