“What just happened?”: Oscars audiences were stunned Sunday night after a brawl between actors Will Smith and Chris Rock, the former going on stage to slap the latter.
Chris Rock, one of the presenters of the 94th Hollywood Awards, joked about Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett-Smith. He compared his cut hair to that of Demi Moore’s shaved head in Ridley Scott’s “On Equal Arms” (1997).
Jada Pinkett-Smith, who has spoken publicly about her alopecia (hair loss) in the past, rolled her eyes. Hilarious at first, Will Smith then went on stage and slapped Chris Rock, the sound echoing into the microphone in front of a stunned audience, in the room where the ceremony was taking place on his couch. ABC Channel muted the sound during the ensuing scene, but the dialogue was audible on foreign television. “Wow. Whoa. Will Smith just banged my head,” Chris Rock dropped. ,It was a joke on ‘On Equal Arms'”He justified himself for the actor. “Leave my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth”, Will Smith shouted, back with his wife.
Will Smith apologizes in tears
The actor then won the Best Actor Oscar for “The Williams Method”, where he played Trainor, the father of champion Serena and Venus Williams. Upon receiving the statue, the 53-year-old actor admitted that what he really hit was, minutes earlier, comedian Chris Rock, who made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved hair. “Love drives you crazy”, Said, in tears, Will Smith. he apologized
Not to mention Chris Rock, the academy that organizes the Oscars.
Oscar winner after third nomination
The actor thankedVenus and Serena, and the entire Williams family, for relying on me to tell their story.” “Richard Williams was a huge advocate for his family.”, he added of the man he played on screen, an indirect gesture of what he had just done on stage.
Will Smith won against four other formidable competitors: Javier Bardem, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Garfield and Denzel Washington. The third time was good for this undeniable Hollywood star, who had already been an unsuccessful nominee for an Oscar, first for the biopic “Ali” in 2002, then five years later with “The Pursuit of Happiness.” It was a story centered around fatherhood. The power to go after your dreams.
Will Smith thus became the fifth black man to win an Oscar for Best Actor, after Sidney Poitier – who died last January – Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx and Forrest Whitaker.
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