For years, they said it couldn’t be done. But last night, “they” were proven wrong . . . when the “Oscars” got EXCITING. And unless you spent last night under a rock, then you already know that I’m talking about the SLAP.
(And if you did miss the Oscars in general – like me – you can see a list of winners below)
CHRIS ROCK was telling a few jokes while presenting an award, and he turned his attention to WILL SMITH and JADA PINKETT. Jada’s head was shaved, so Chris said, quote, “Jada, I love ya. ‘G.I. Jane 2’, can’t wait to see it.”
(“G.I. Jane” is a 1997 movie featuring DEMI MOORE going through military training . . . with a shaved head.)
At first, Will seemed to laugh about it . . . but Jada looked annoyed.
Suddenly, Will walked right up on stage and smacked Chris in the face. Hard. Then he went back to his seat.
Chris was stunned. He said, quote, “Wow, Will Smith just smacked the [crap] out of me.”
Will responded by shouting back, “Keep my wife’s name out your [effing] mouth!”
Rock replied, quote, “Wow, dude, it was a ‘G.I. Jane’ joke.” And will repeat, “Keep my wife’s name out your [effing] mouth!”
Chris said, “I’m going to, okay?” Then he went on and presented the award, but he was obviously shaken.
On the broadcast, the whole exchange was muted after the slap. But there’s plenty of uncensored audio on the Internet.
So, was Will out of line? Should he and Jada be able to take a joke, just like the bazillions of other celebrities who’ve been made fun of at award shows? You would think so, yes.
But there’s one detail that MAYBE justifies Will’s actions: Jada shaves her head due to a medical condition. She has alopecia, which causes hair loss.
(Here’s a video she posted back in December.)
Sources say Chris approached Will and Jada backstage later to apologize, and DENZEL WASHINGTON got involved. There’s no word how that went down. (But during the commercial break, Denzel and Tyler Perry were seen calming Will down.)
Will did sort of address the incident later on when he won Best Actor for “King Richard”. And he apologized to the Academy, and to his fellow nominees . . . but NOT to Chris Rock. He started the speech by saying that his character was, quote, “a fierce defender of his family” . . . and he talked about being a “protector” of his loved ones.
He also said, quote, “Art imitates life, I look like the crazy father . . . just like they said about Richard Williams. But love will make you do crazy things.” And he finished with, quote, “I hope the Academy invites me back. Thank you.”
(You can read Will’s entire acceptance speech here. Here are some stills of the slap.)
After the show, Will and Jada’s “very tough son” JADEN SMITH Tweeted, quote, “And that’s how we do it.”
Variety Reports: Chris Rock Declines to File Police Report After Will Smith Slap at Oscars, LAPD Says
(The Academy should take back Will’s Oscar for violating their code of conduct.)
2022 Oscar Winners
Here are the winners of the 2022 Oscars:
Best Picture: “Coda”
Best Animated Feature Film: “Encanto”
Best Director: Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog”
Best Actor: Will Smith, “King Richard”
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”
Best Supporting Actor: Troy Kotsur, “Coda”
Best Supporting Actress: Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story”
Best Documentary Feature: “Summer of Soul”
Best Documentary (Short Subject): “The Queen of Basketball”
Best Adapted Screenplay: “Coda”
Best Original Screenplay: “Belfast”
Best International Film: “Drive My Car” (Japan)
Best Film Editing: “Dune”
Best Costume Design: “Cruella”
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”
Best Visual Effects: “Dune”
Best Sound: “Dune”
Best Production Design: “Dune”
Best Cinematography: “Dune”
Best Original Score: “Dune”
Best Original Song: “No Time to Die” (by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell) . . . from “No Time to Die”
Best Short Film (Animated): “The Windshield Wiper”
Best Short Film (Live Action): “The Long Goodbye”