- 11:01 ET, Mar 28 2022
- Updated: 11:01 ET, Mar 28 2022
THE world has reacted after Will Smith HIT Chris Rock on stage for making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith during the Oscars.
Smith’s first Oscar win was shrouded in controversy after the actor tearfully apologised on stage following the incident with comedian Rock in which he appeared to hit him during the live awards ceremony.
Philadelphia-born Smith, 53, appeared to take offence to a gag Rock made on stage about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss, resulting in him marching on stage to confront the comedian.
He appeared to hit Rock before returning to his seat and shouting from the audience to Rock on stage.
The 94th Academy Awards featured a moment of silence for the suffering people of Ukraine on the 34th day of the Russian invasion.
The biggest night in Hollywood is live now with hosts Regina Hall, Wanda Sykes, and Amy Schumer.
Beyoncé kicked off the night with a live performance of her song Be Alive, which has been nominated for Best Original Song for its feature in the movie King Richard.
DJ Khalid jokingly interrupted the hosts as the trio joked about being a woman in Hollywood and roasted ceremony guests like Samuel L. Jackson, Jane Campion, and Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Denis Villeneuve’s Dune has won multiple awards already, while Ariana DeBose took home the award for Best Supporting Actress in a historic victory as the first openly queer woman of color to win that award.
The night kicked off with stars like Vanessa Hudgens and Lily James walking the red carpet as anticipation built for the ceremony.
Kourtney Kardashian shared a behind-the-scenes look at her preparation for the Oscars, where her fiance Travis Barker will be performing.
The couple showed major PDA on the red carpet while Kourtney, 42, wore a tight black dress and the Blink-182 drummer kept it cool in an all-black suit.
Read our Oscars 2022 live blog for the latest news and updates…
Will Smith’s son Jaden reacts
Will Smith’s son Jaden has spoken out after the actor stormed the Oscars stage and slapped Chris Rock in the face on Sunday night.
Smith hit Rock after Rock made a poorly-received joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss.
Jaden, 23, took to Twitter afterward to defend dad Will’s actions as fans of the awards ceremony turned to social media to slam him.
He simply wrote in response to the evening: “And that’s how we do it.”
‘It was so uncomfortable’
A Hollywood source told The New York Post after the incident between Chris Rock and Will Smith: “It’s basically assault. Everyone was just so shocked in the room, it was so uncomfortable.”
“I think Will would not want to give his Oscar back, but who knows what will happen now.”
Could Will Smith lose his Oscar?
There’s a chance that Will Smith might be asked to return his Oscar after the altercation between himself and comedian Chris Rock.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has strict guidelines in its code of conduct, The New York Post noted, and Smith could potentially be asked to give the award back after the incident.
Statement from the Academy
The Academy released a statement about the incident between Chris Rock and Will Smith hours after the ceremony.
“The Academy does not condone violence of any form,” it read.
“Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world.”
The Academy does not condone violence of any form.
Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world.
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 28, 2022
After his Oscar win, Questlove apparently left the awards afterparty to go to a DJ gig later that night.
We Don’t Talk About Bruno
Megan Thee Stallion performed a rap in the middle of a performance of We Don’t Talk About Bruno at the Oscars ceremony, though the hit song was not nominated for an award.
The performance also featured Becky G and Luis Fonsi.
Mila Kunis, who was born in Ukraine, took to the stage to introduce Reba McEntire, who then sang a song of hope.
“Recent global events have left many of us feeling gutted,” Mila said.
“Yet, when you witness the strength and dignity of those facing such devastation, it’s impossible to not be moved by their resilience.
“One cannot help but be in awe of those who find the strength to keep fighting through unimaginable darkness.”
After the performance, the crowd was led in a moment of silence.
Jane Campion won the Oscar for Best Director as the director of The Power of The Dog.
Campion is the first woman to be nominated for this award twice.
“The sweet thing is I’m not alone,” Campion said in her acceptance speech before naming her cast and crew in the critically-acclaimed movie.
“Thank you Academy, it’s a lifetime honor.”
History in the making
Ariana DeBost is the first openly queer woman of color to win the Academy Award for best actress in a supporting role.
“Even in this weird world we live in, dreams do come true… thank you Steven Spielberg, you are stuck with me now,” DeBose said in her emotional acceptance speech.
Mark Hamill dubs altercation ‘ugliest oscar moment ever’
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill dubbed it the “ugliest Oscar moment ever”.
He added: “Stand-up comics are very adept at handling hecklers.
“Violent physical assault… not so much.”
Rachel Zegler’s jokes
Following the Academy’s embarrassing U-Turn after initially not inviting rising star Rachel Zegler, she joked about it on stage while presenting with Jacob Elordi.
“I never thought that I would stand on this stage,” Elordi said.
“And I never thought that I would be here six days ago,” Rachel followed, prompting a laugh from the audience.
Sir Kenneth Branagh wins award for Best Screenplay
Sir Kenneth Branagh won the Oscar for his screenplay for Belfast, which is based on his own childhood during the Troubles.
Collecting the statue, he said: “This is an enormous honour for my family and a great tribute to an amazing city and fantastic people.”
He added: “This story is the search for joy and hope in the fact of violence and loss.
“We lost some people along the way.”
He continued: “We miss them, we love them and we will never forget them and we we will never forget all of those lost in the heartbreaking, heart-warming human story of that amazing city of Belfast on the fabulous island of Ireland.
“This means a lot.”
Musician Questlove’s directorial debut won him his first Oscar at the 94th Academy Awards for Best Original Documentary.
The Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) won over Attica, Flee, and Writing With Fire.
“This is such a stunning moment for me right now, but it’s not about me,” Questlove said during his acceptance speech.
“It’s about marginalized people in Harlem that needed to heal from pain.”
Conan O’Brien makes light of shock incident
American late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien was among those making light of the situation.
He wrote on Twitter: “Just saw the Will Smith slap.
“Anyone have a late-night show I can borrow just for tomorrow?”
How much is an Oscar award worth?
Several sites have calculated that each statue is worth around $400, depending on the value of bronze and gold, according to Parade.com.
Will Smith apologises to Academy – but NOT Chris Rock
Smith apologised to both the Academy and his fellow nominees, but not to Rock, as he collected his gong, joking that he “looks like the crazy father.”
Breaking down in tears, he said: “Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family. In this time in my life, in this moment, I am overwhelmed by what God is calling me to do and be in this world.”
He added: “I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people. I know to do what we do you’ve got to be able to take abuse, you’ve got to be able to have people talk crazy about you in this business.
“You’ve got to be able have people disrespecting you and you’ve got to smile and pretend like that’s OK.”
He added: “I want to apologise to the Academy, I want to apologise to all my fellow nominees.
“This is a beautiful moment and I’m not crying for winning an award, it’s not about winning an award for me, it’s about being able to shine a light on all of the people. Art imitates life, I look like the crazy father, just like they said about Richard Williams, but love will make you do crazy things.”
EGOT winners, part four
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has six Tony Awards and three Grammys.
He earned an Oscar in 1996, followed by an Emmy in 2018.
Tim Rice is a lyricist and producer with five Grammys, three Oscars, and three Tonys.
He won an Emmy Award in 2018.
John Legend has 12 Grammy wins so far, two Emmys, and an Academy Award.
In 2017, he won his first Tony.
With eight Oscars and 11 Grammys, composer Alan Menken won his first Tony in 2012.
In 2020, he was awarded an Emmy Award.
EGOT winners, part three
Director, actor, and comedian Mike Nichols first earned a Grammy in 1961.
With nine Tony Awards and four Emmys, Nichols claimed his first Oscar win in 1967.
Whoopi Goldberg won a Grammy in 1986, followed by an Oscar in 1990.
She has earned two Daytime Emmy Awards and a Tony in 2002.
Producer Scott Rudin has 18 Tony Awards.
His Emmy win came in 1984, followed by an Academy Award in 2007.
In 2012, he won a Grammy.
Robert Lopez has earned a multitude of awards throughout the 2000s, making him a two-time EGOT winner.
His first Tony came in 2004, an Emmy following in 2008.
He won his first Grammy in 2012, and his first Oscar the following year.
One Tree Hill star says ‘violence isn’t ok’
One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush commented that “violence isn’t OK”.
She added: “Assault is never the answer. Also? This is the 2nd time that Chris has made fun of Jada on the #Oscar stage, & tonight he went after her alopecia.
“Punching down at someone’s auto-immune disease is wrong. Doing so on purpose is cruel. They both need a breather.”
Comedia says Smith’s actions set a bad precedent
Comedian Kathy Griffin suggested Smith’s actions set a bad precedent for her profession.
She said on Twitter: “Let me tell you something, it’s a very bad practice to walk up on stage and physically assault a Comedian.
“Now we all have to worry about who wants to be the next Will Smith in comedy clubs and theaters.”
EGOT winners, part two
Actress Audrey Hepburn became an EGOT winner posthumously.
In 1953, she won an Academy Award; a Tony came in 1954.
The year she died, 1993, Audrey won an Emmy. She was given a Grammy the following year.
Composer Marvin Hamlisch was almost a two-time EGOT winner.
With multiples each of Oscars, Emmys, and Grammys, Hamlisch earned his first Tony in 1976.
Jonathan Tunick was a composer, conductor, and music arranger; he won an Oscar in 1977.
Claiming both an Emmy and Grammy during the 1980s, Tunick won a Tony in 1997.
Mel Brooks is another almost two-timer.
With multiple Emmys, Grammys, and Tonys, Brooks earned his only Academy Award in 1968.
Mia Farrow says ‘it was just a joke’
The film world is reacting in shock to the altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars 2022 ceremony.
Hollywood star Mia Farrow tweeted: “It was just a joke.
“Jokes are what Chris Rock does.
“Always has been edgy. This was a mild joke for him. And I love GI Jane.”
The Last Samurai producer Marshall Herskovitz urged the Academy to do more than simply issue a statement in response to the incident.
He said on Twitter: “I call upon the Academy, of which I am a member, to take disciplinary action against Will Smith.
“He disgraced our entire community tonight.”
EGOT winners, part one
Composer Richard Rodgers earned an Academy Award in 1945, followed by a slew of Tony Awards throughout the 1950s.
He claimed his first Grammy in 1960, followed by an Emmy in 1962.
The first woman to win all four awards, Helen Hayes was an actress throughout the 1900s.
Her first Academy Award came in 1932, followed by a Tony in 1947.
She earned her Emmy in 1953, and a Grammy by 1977.
Actress Rita Moreno won an Oscar in 1961, and two Emmys in the 1970s.
In 1972, she won a Grammy, followed by a Tony in 1975.
Claiming his first Tony in 1948, actor John Gielgud won a Grammy in 1979.
His Oscar win came in 1981, with an Emmy following in 1991.
What is an EGOT?
The title of EGOT is given to those who have won at least one each of all four of the most-coveted awards in showbusiness: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards.
In 1984, actor Philip Michael Thomas commented on how it was his goal to earn EGOT status – coining the term for the first time.
Only a select few have earned the title of EGOT winner. As of 2022, only 16 people have reached EGOT legacy.