Will Smith wins Oscar for best actor and apologises to Academy for hitting Chris Rock – Oscars 2022 live!

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So just a refresh for those coming in late or early wherever you are. The night’s biggest moment came from best actor winner Will Smith, who went viral after he appeared to slap Chris Rock for making an ill-advised joke about his wife Jada Pinkett’s alopecia. Rock joked that she was set to make GI Jane 2 next, which led Smith to rush up on stage and try to hit Rock. Smith then told him to get his wife’s name out of his mouth.

Timothy Burke

VIA JAPANESE TELEVISION: The uncensored exchange between Will Smith and Chris Rock pic.twitter.com/j0Z184ZyXa

March 28, 2022

Smith was then calmed down by Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry. During his tearful towards the Academy, and likened himself to Richard Williams, as someone who also protects the women in his life.

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That’s it from us for this year’s live Oscars coverage. Thanks for reading and commenting. You can see a list of the winners here:

And my colleague Nadia Khomami has the full story on Will Smith striking Chris Rock live on stage:

The author Bernardine Evaristo is among those to have condemned Smith’s actions at the ceremony:

Bernardine Evaristo

What a thing to wake up to. Only the fifth black man in nearly 100 years to win an Oscar for male lead, and the first in 16 years, resorts to violence instead of utilising the power of words to slay Chris Rock. Then he claims God and Love made him do it. https://t.co/yz218cZOIu

March 28, 2022

Best actor winner Will Smith apologised in his acceptance speech for striking presenter Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaven head.

Accepting the Oscar for his role as Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, in King Richard, Smith apologised to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and his fellow nominees but not to Rock.

“Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family,” a tearful Smith said and continued: “Love will make you do crazy things’, adding: ‘I hope the academy invites me back.”

Will Smith apologises after hitting Chris Rock during Oscars ceremony – video



Jess Cartner-Morley

The ballgown is dead. Long live the simple white shirt. The look that will go down in history from this year’s Oscar ceremony is a crisp white shirt. And not only because both Will Smith and Chris Rock were wearing them during that incident, but because the best dressed on the red carpet passed on the fairytale frocks and chose white shirts instead.


In case you’re just landing, here’s a look at a full list of the night’s winners:

Will Smith won his first Oscar tonight (after being nominated twice before) for tennis drama King Richard, where he plays Richard Williams, father to Venus and Serena.

To coincide with its release last year, David Smith spoke to those who knew the real Richard:

The video montage you’ve been waiting for:

Oscars key moments: emotions run high at 2022 Academy Awards – video

Rob Reiner is #TeamChris then

Rob Reiner

Will Smith owes Chris Rock a huge apology. There is no excuse for what he did. He’s lucky Chris is not filing assault charges. The excuses he made tonight were bullshit.

March 28, 2022

While the parties continue to rage on, here’s a taste of what it feels like to get drunk next to an Oscar-winner:

Best actress winner Jessica Chastain gave one of the night’s most powerful speeches, sending hope to LGBTQ youth at risk in memory of the televangelist turned gay activist she played in The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

Here’s some background on the real woman and the work she did:

Tiffany Haddish has defended Will Smith’s on-stage behaviour tonight at the Governor’s Ball.

“When I saw a Black man stand up for his wife,” she said to People. “That meant so much to me. As a woman, who has been unprotected, for someone to say like, ‘Keep my wife’s name out your mouth, leave my wife alone,’ that’s what your husband is supposed to do, right? Protect you. And that meant the world to me. And maybe the world might not like how it went down, but for me, it was the most beautiful thing I ever seen because it made me believe that there are still men out there that love and care about their women, their wives.”

Here’s a look back at this year’s predictable set of winners and unpredictable turn of events from Peter Bradshaw:

The video and the memes and the celebrity reactions might have done the rounds but here’s a longer look at what led to tonight’s bizarre confrontation:

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