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Will Smith Apologizes For Slap During Acceptance Speech At The Oscars


March 28, 2022

(Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images) Credit: Will Smith slapping Chris Rock?

Will Smith just won his first Oscar award in his legendary decades-long career in TV, music and film.

The 53-year-old comedian won the Academy Award for Best Actor during the 94th Annual Oscar Awards on Sunday (March 27) for his portrayal of Richard Williams, father and coach of tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams. The Philly native also earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture this year, for his role in the critically-acclaimed film King Richard.

The Will author has been nominated for an Oscar twice before, for the 2001 film Ali and again in 2006 for his starring role inThe Pursuit of Happyness. This is his first win at the Oscars.

UPDATED, 8:30 PM: Chris Rock got more than he may have bargained for as a presenter at the 94th Academy Awards. While presenting the award for Best Documentary Feature, which ultimately went to Questlove's Summer of Soul, he made a joke at the expense of Will Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, leading to an on-stage altercation that was not scripted and drew gasps from the room, according to sources.

"Jada, I love ya. G.I. Jane 2, can't wait to see it," Rock said with reference to Pinkett Smith's appearance.

Will Smith seemed to be laughing following Rock's comment. But he then stunned the audience at the Dolby by storming the stage and slapping Rock in the face. "Wow," said Rock afterward. "Will Smith just smacked the s**t out of me."


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