The Oscars were filled with awkward moments last night. From spitting while crying to nip slips, it was an eventful evening. Most shockingly, Will Smith got out of his seat and walked on stage to slap Chris Rock across the face.
Chris Rock was one of the many hosts of the Oscars on Sunday night. While doing a bit before announcing the nominees for Best Documentary, he looked to Will and Jada Smith and made them the target of a joke.
Chris Rock said, “Jada, I love you, G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it.”
Will Smith began to laugh and clap his hands. The camera panned to Jada, who rolled her eyes and looked upset.
A minute later, Will Smith walks up on stage and slaps Chris Rock across the face. As he walked off, the French Prince of Bel-Air star had a smirk on his face.
“Wow, Will Smith just slapped the shit out of me,” Chris Rock said in surprise. He added, “This is the greatest night in the history of television.”
When Will took his seat, he yelled, “Keep my wife’s name out of your mouth.”
Chris replied, “It was a G.I. Jane joke.”
Will then got more upset and screamed, “Keep my wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.”
In America, the sound was censored. Viewers could only read Will’s lips as he yelled at Chris Rock.
A later version was shared to Youtube from Austalia, who could hear the entire interaction.
During Will’s acceptance speech for Best Actor, he was in tears while trying to get the words out, “I want to apologize to the Academy, I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees.” He continued, “Art imitates life. I look like the crazy father, just like they said. I look like the crazy father just like they said about Richard Williams. But love will make you do crazy things.”
“I know to do what we do, you gotta be able to take abuse, and you gotta be able to have people talk crazy about you. In this business, you gotta be able to have people disrespecting you, and you gotta smile and you gotta pretend like that‘s OK. But Richard Williams, and what I loved, thank you D. Denzel (Washington) said to me a few minutes ago, he said, “At your highest moment, be careful. That’s when the devil comes for you.”