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Will Smith confronts Chris Rock, then wins best actor Oscar

Will Smith confronts Chris Rock, at that hour dated wins finest performer Oscar

Chris Rock made a joke. Will Smith fast took offense.

And the Oscars straight away had a scene exist fond of none other.

Smith — moments earlier to winning finest performer honors for his portrayal of tennis dad Richard Williams inside "King Richard" — marched on phase with every one other accompanied by smacked Rock throughout Sunday night's Academy Awards following the comic made a funny tale concerning the appearance of Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

Smith shouted at Rock to "keep my wife's name not here of your (expletive) mouth," with every one other accompanied by the crowd hushed while it became understandable this was no indeed act.

Smith apologized afterward to numerous people — including tennis stars Venus with every one other accompanied by Serena Williams, Richard Williams' daughters — nevertheless did not allude to Rock inside his apology.

"Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family," Smith said while he began his acceptance speech.

He at that hour dated paused, the meaning behind his selection of words clear, with every one other accompanied by teared up while he spoke concerning actuality a protector for those who worked accompanied by him on the film such while Aunjanue Ellis down accompanied by Saniyya Sidney with every one other accompanied by Demi Singleton, the set of two actors who played Venus with every one other accompanied by Serena.

"I'm actuality called on inside my existence to deep affection people with every one other accompanied by to retain protected from danger people with every one other accompanied by to exist a watercourse to my people," said Smith throughout his acceptance speech following winning his first-ever Oscar. "I know to do what we do you've got to exist intelligent to lay clasp of abuse. You've got to exist intelligent to have people talk insane concerning you. In this business, you've got to exist intelligent to have people disrespecting you. And you've got to smile with every one other accompanied by build while if exist fond of that's OK."

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There were few, if any, smiles throughout the incident.

The exchange began when Rock took aim at Pinkett Smith's shaved head, saying, "Jada, I deep affection you. G.I. Jane 2, can't remain to see it, all right?" Rock's allude to of was made from the 1997 film "G.I. Jane," starring Demi Moore, who shaved her head to portray Jordan O'Neil.

Pinkett Smith revealed inside 2018 that she was diagnosed accompanied by alopecia. She has regularly discussed the challenges of hair mislaying on Instagram with every one other accompanied by other communal media platforms.

The funny tale missed, badly.

Smith walked onto the phase from his front-row seat with every one other accompanied by took a sway at Rock accompanied by an not shut palm, generating a loud smack. Smith walked spine to his seat with every one other accompanied by shouted for Rock to depart from Pinkett Smith alone. Rock replied that he was fair making a "G.I. Jane" funny tale — with every one other accompanied by Smith yelled spine at him a following time.

A representative for Rock didn't straight away respond to an email seeking comment.

The Los Angeles Police Department said inside a statement that it was aware of the incident.

"The event associated accompanied by one individual slapping another," the statement read. "The individual associated accompanied by has declined to file a police report. If the associated accompanied by communal gathering desires a police report at a subsequent date, LAPD will exist available to complete an investigative report."

"That was the greatest darkness inside the history of television," Rock said earlier to resuming his part while presenter.

A few minutes later, rapper Sean Combs — on phase to introduce a tribute to "The Godfather" — tried to amuse oneself peacemaker with every one other accompanied by suggested Smith with every one other accompanied by Rock settle their differences at an Oscars afterparty.

"Will with every one other accompanied by Chris, we're going to find an answer to that exist fond of family at the Gold party," Combs said.

The reverberations did not place an extremity to there. Several people approached Smith with every one other accompanied by Pinkett Smith inside the commercial breaks that followed; Keith Urban hugged Smith throughout one stoppage inside the show, with every one other accompanied by Nicole Kidman too went over to speak a few words while well.

Backstage, throughout meeting sessions accompanied by winners, the Rock-Smith event seemed exist fond of something few — if anyone — wanted to discuss.

"I'm not talking concerning that," said Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, the director of "Summer of Soul," which won an Oscar for finest documentary.

The confrontation overshadowed Smith's milestone accomplishment. He was formerly nominated twice for finest actor, for his part inside "Ali" inside 2002 with every one other accompanied by "The Pursuit of Happyness" inside 2007. In those films, he portrayed real-life characters: Boxing myth Muhammad Ali with every one other accompanied by Chris Garner, a homeless salesman.

This time, Smith won opposed to formidable competition including Andrew Garfield, Javier Bardem, Benedict Cumberbatch with every one other accompanied by Denzel Washington — who won his earliest with every one other accompanied by only finest performer Oscar award inside 2002 over Smith for "Training Day."

Pinkett Smith was too the theme of jokes from Rock when he hosted the Oscars inside 2016. She did not attend the Oscars that year, saying at the hour dated her decision stemmed from a lack of diversity among award nominees with every one other accompanied by how Black artists were not properly represented.

"I'm hoping the Academy invites me back," Will Smith said, while he concluded his on-stage remarks.

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Will Smith confronts Chris Rock, at that hour dated wins finest performer Oscar

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