Scandalous. Absolutely scandalous. This is the only way to describe the frightening turn of events in the oscars Ceremony in the early hours of Monday morning.
I mean, seriously, how could anyone in their right mind pick the mediocre KODA as Best Film before the Brilliant The power of the dog? It’s just shocking.
Ha, caught! You thought the subject was going to be Will Smith slapping Chris Rock, right? Actually that is the topic – although I stand by what I said KODA. And while we’re at it, Benedict Cumberbatch was also robbed of the Oscar for Best Actor.
But back to the actual topic. Namely Will Smith’s hand, which forcibly connected to Chris Rock’s face after the comedian cracked a joke that annoyed the actor and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
“Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2, Can’t wait to see you,” Rock said, referring to Pinkett Smith’s shaved head – which she revealed last year was the result of her diagnosis of alopecia.
To be honest, Pinkett Smith initially seemed more affected than her husband, who was seen laughing along. But whatever happened between the pair in the few seconds after the camera cuts back to Rock, Smith suddenly stalked onto the stage, punched the confused comedian, stalked back to his seat and shouted twice, “Hold my wife’s name.” out of your f*sh*t mouth.”
This was easily the most awkward and awkward moment in the history of Oscar television shows, which had more than their share of awkward and awkward moments.
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In 2017, the producers of la la country were halfway through their acceptance speeches for Best Picture when it was discovered that there had been an envelope mix-up and was the real winner moonlight.
The amused expression on his face la la country Star Ryan Gosling, a rare Hollywood A-lister who doesn’t take himself too seriously, sparked a thousand memes.
In 1973, Marlon Brando stayed away, sending a Native American activist named Sacheen Littlefeather to turn down his Oscar for Best Actor The Godfather on his behalf, in protest at the treatment of Native Americans in Hollywood films.
An enraged John Wayne, who was waiting in the wings, reportedly had to be held down by six security guards to prevent him from pushing Littlefeather off the stage.
In 1974, the Oscars stage was conquered by a speedster named Robert Opel. Unflappable host David Niven quipped, “Isn’t it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh a man will ever get in his life is to strip down and show his flaws?”
Compared to these outliers, the demeanor of Smith — who went on to win Best Actor and bluffed his way through a semi-coherent acceptance speech that was equal parts apology (but not to Rock) and equal parts self-pitying whining — was outside the box bizarre scale .
To be fair to Pinkett Smith, alopecia is no laughing matter. It is deeply distressing for the person suffering from it. But to be fair to Rock, the joke – mild and lukewarm by his standards – appeared to be no more than a little harmless banter.
It’s harder to feel anything positive about Smith, a once charming and immensely likeable star who seems to have taken an especially heavy dose of humorless self-importance in the past decade.
Rock may have chosen not to press charges, but what Smith did is an assault, pure and simple.
Still, every cloud has a silver lining for someone. Last but not least, the incident got people talking about the Oscars again.
It may not have benefited the live show, which has seen viewership numbers plummet for years, but word has gotten around on social media and TV news and has certainly led to a surge in ratings for the highlights show being used by broadcasters on broadcast all over the world.
It also proves that there’s still a place for awards shows on television.
As lengthy, long-winded, and boring as they may be at times, they’re still the only place you can get a look at Hollywood stars for what many of them really are: vain, precious, spruced up, selfish, self-obsessed, and thin-skinned.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/tv-news/will-smiths-slap-makes-the-oscars-talked-about-tv-again-41496094.html Will Smith’s slap in the face puts the Oscars back on the agenda