Will Smith stormed onto the Oscars stage and slapped Chris Rock in the face after the comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
The actor, who is nominated in the Best Actor category, appeared to take offense at a joke Rock made about Pinkett Smith’s short haircut.
The Magic Mike XXL star and Red Table Talk host has previously opened up about her experience with hair loss, saying it has prompted her to shave her head.
Referring to Pinkett Smith’s buzzcut, Rock said, “Jada, can’t wait for GI Jane 2,” which caused the actress to roll her eyes.
However, Smith went on stage and appeared to smack Rock before returning to his seat and shouting twice, “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth.”
Rock seemed shocked and nervous as he attempted to continue presenting the best documentary category.
He said, “That was the greatest night in television history.”
He presented the award to The Roots star Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson for his film Summer Of Soul.
After Rock left the stage, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs appeared and said, “Will and Chris, we’re solving this like family at the gold party.”
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At the beginning of the ceremony, Troy Kotsur dedicated his Oscars to “the deaf community, the Coda community and the disabled community,” adding, “This is our moment,” as he made history by winning Best Supporting Actor.
The actor is the first deaf male actor to win an Oscar as he won the statue for his role as the father of Coda (child of deaf adult) in the film of the same name.
Kotsur seemed overwhelmed as he made his way to the stage, accompanied by his interpreter, who has been a fixture throughout his awards season, where he picked up a set of gongs.
Speaking to the rest of the Coda cast about his recent trip to the White House, he revealed that he wanted to teach US President Joe Biden “dirty sign language,” a reference to a scene in the film, but was prevented from doing so by his colleague . Star Marlee Matlin, who became the first deaf actress to win an Oscar in 1987.
He said, “I was planning on teaching them some dirty sign language, but Marlee Matlin told me to behave, so don’t worry Marlee, I’m not going to drop F-bombs in my speech today.”
He also praised the “wonderful deaf theater stages that gave me the opportunity to develop my craft as an actor”.
To his director, Sian Heder, he said, “You are our bridge and your name will forever be on that Sian Heder bridge in Hollywood.”
Kotsur added: “My father, he was the best signer in our family, but he was in a car accident and became paralyzed from the neck down and couldn’t sign anymore.
“Dad, I learned so much from you, I will always love you, you are my hero. Thanks to my biggest fans.
“I just want to say this is dedicated to the deaf community, the coda community and the deaf community.
“This is our moment.”
At the beginning of the ceremony, West Side Story star Ariana DeBose won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and spoke of her pride at being an “openly queer woman of color.”
The 31-year-old star collected her gong in red Valentino pants and a crop top, saying her win was proof that “dreams do come true”.
DeBose won the Oscar for her performance as Anita in the classic musical, 60 years after her predecessor in the role, Rita Moreno, earned the statue herself.
DeBose added, “Now you see why Anita says I want to be in America because even in this weary world where we live in dreams dreams come true and that’s an encouraging thing right now.”
On the production, she added, “It’s been the summer of my life and I’m very privileged and grateful to have spent it with you all.”
“My god, thank you Steven Spielberg, now you’re stuck with me.”
The actress also paid tribute to Moreno, saying she “paved the way for tons of Anitas like me.”
Concluding her speech, DeBose added, “Imagine this little girl in the back seat of a white Ford Focus.
“Look her in the eyes, you see an openly queer woman of color, an Afro-Latina who has found her strength in life through art.
“And that’s what we want to celebrate here.
“So for anyone who’s ever questioned your identity or finds yourself in the gray rooms… I promise you, there actually is a place for us.”
The Disney juggernaut Encanto was named Best Animated Film at the awards ceremony.
Eight Academy Awards were presented in a pre-taped segment of the show that will be included in the final telecast.
Dune collected four gongs for sound, editing, production design and score for composer Hans Zimmer.
Zimmer celebrated his victory from Amsterdam, where he is touring.
Sharing a photo of himself in a bathrobe with his statue on Twitter, he wrote: “It’s 2am in Amsterdam and my daughter @zoezimmer woke me up to go to the hotel bar. Impressive!!”
The film also picked up wins for cinematography and visual effects.
The Long Goodbye Starring Riz Ahmed won Best Live-Action Short, while The Windshield Wiper won Best Animated Short and The Queen Of Basketball won Best Documentary Short.
The Eyes Of Tammy Faye won the Oscar for makeup and hairstyling.
Tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams opened the Oscars by introducing a performance of Beyonce’s nominated song “Be Alive” from the film about her father King Richard, which she delivered on a tennis court in Compton.
She was flanked by dancers and an orchestra, all dressed in the color of tennis balls.
Hosts Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall opened the ceremony, with Sykes joking that the ceremony is “where movie lovers get together and watch TV,” while Schumer added the academy “hired three women to host because it’s cheaper than one.” hire man”.
She added that she represents “obnoxious white women who call the police if they get a little too loud.”
Hall also referenced the decision to move eight categories into a pre-taped segment, saying it was “a contentious and difficult decision, but I think we’ve come a long way” as the stage lights went on and off.
The Oscars are being held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, where nominees include Benedict Cumberbatch, Olivia Colman and Sir Kenneth Branagh.
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