Following the incident, Smith apologized to the academy but did not apologize to Rock for accepting the Oscar for best actor.
Chris Rock made a joke about Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, during the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday night. Will Smith hit Rock after he made the joke about Jada.
The actor apologized to the film academy and his fellow nominees after accepting the best actor Oscar in “King Richard.” He was overcome with tears as he accepted the award. Despite that, he defended his actions and did not address Rock.
Smith, who played Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena Williams, said, “Art imitates life. I look just like a crazy father just like Richard Williams did. But love will make you do crazy things, too.”.
The audience inside the Dolby Theater was left stunned by the encounter between Smith and Rock.
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At the Dolby Theatre, Smith hit Rock after marching onto the stage. On the U.S. broadcast, the sound cut out, but Smith was heard shouting: “Don’t say my wife’s name!”
Smith appears to have compared the incident with Richard Williams’ fiery spirit in his acceptance speech.
Oscar winner Will Smith accepted the best actor in a leading role award for “King Richard” onstage during the Academy Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles.
On Sunday, Neilson Barnard / Getty Images captured Will Smith accepting his Oscar for best actor in a leading role for “King Richard”.
During his speech, Smith fought back tears as he said Williams was a fierce protector of his family.
In “King Richard,” he had the opportunity to “protect” his co-stars.”
As tears streamed down his face, he explained that he was being called on to love and protect people in his life.
The entertainment industry forces performers to endure abuse as “people talk crazy about you.”
Social media was ablaze with discussions about the extraordinary moment. The producers of the show forged ahead with the show despite the incident, many tweeted.
During coverage of the ceremony, journalists reported that Smith’s publicist and Denzel Washington, as well as Tyler Perry, approached him after the incident.
Rock declined to file a police report after the show ended and the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed knowledge of the incident.
“If the involved party desires a police report later, the LAPD will complete an investigation report,” LAPD stated in a statement.
Tweeting at 1:10 a.m. ET, the film academy said it “denounces violence under any circumstances.”
Washington faced off against Javier Bardem (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Power of the Dog”), Andrew Garfield (“Tick, Tick… Boom!”) and Cumberbatch (“The Power of the Dog”) in the race for best actor.
His portrayal of Richard Williams, who was a coach and one-man public relations machine for his gifted daughters, earned largely positive reviews.
One of the biggest and highest-grossing Hollywood stars of the last 30 years celebrated a career milestone Sunday night.
In the 1990s, Smith became a worldwide celebrity with movies such as “Bad Boys,” “Independence Day” and “Men in Black.”
The actor has a balance of blockbusters and award-winning dramas in recent years.
Five years later for “The Pursuit of Happyness,” he beat Forest Whitaker for “The Last King of Scotland.” He was nominated for “Ali” in 2002, the year Washington became just the second Black man to win best actor. He won for “Training Day” in 2004.