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Will Smith PARTIES after his Oscars punch

Will Smith today tried to brush off the biggest scandal in the Academy Awards’ 94-year history by partying hard at the Vanity Fair post-Oscars bash just hours after he smacked host Chris Rock and then later collected the Best Actor gong now tainted by the live TV attack.

The actor, 55, posed for selfies, danced with friends and rapped along to his biggest hits including Summertime and Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills in the early hours of this morning.

He was supported by his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith and their children at the bash just hours after he stormed up to host Chris Rock and slapped him for making a joke about his wife’s hair moments before the crowning moment of his career when he won Best Actor. 

Jada was also seen dancing and laughing on the side as her husband performed in front of guests at the bash that included Serena and Venus Williams, Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Costner, Chris Pine, Olivia Colman and Natalie Portman.

Will Smith’s jovial mood at the Vanity Fair event was in stark contrast to his demeanour as he angrily struck Rock before returning to his seat to scream obscenities at him. Shortly afterwards he became only the fifth black actor in history to collect the Best Actor for his portrayal of Richard Williams, the father who raised tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams, in ‘King Richard’. The incident was so outrageous the audience and millions of viewers initially thought it was a prank.

Collecting his award, tears poured down his face as he apologised to The Academy and the audience – but not to Chris Rock. The pair have a feud dating back six years after he cracked a joke at Jada’s expense at the 2016 awards ceremony. Smith was also seen being comforted and calmed by friends Bradley Cooper and Denzil Washington after he marred the greatest moment of his career.

There are calls for him to lose his Oscar because his attack, which breaches The Academy’s new code of conduct drawn up in wake of #MeToo Movement. Chris Rock has told LAPD he does not want to press charges.

As violence broke out at the 94th Oscars, it emerged:

  • Will Smith faces calls to be stripped of his Best Actor award after bringing violence to the ceremony; The Academy, in its code of conduct, is known to take a very a dim view of violence of any kind;
  • Chris Rock has declined to press charges against Smith for the slap. The Los Angeles Police Department said: ‘The individual involved has declined to file a police report. If the involved party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report’;
  • Oscars directors scrambled to turn off the sound because broadcast was delayed in the US. But Smith’s attack and meltdown was seen in full by many international viewers;
  • Smith was calmed down by Bradley Cooper after he assaulted Rock. Denzil Washington was also seen speaking to him. The actor later revealed Washington, who appeared tearful himself, had told him: ‘At your highest moment, be careful. That’s when the devil comes for you’;

Will Smith parties at the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party holding his gong after attacking the host Chris Rock in the most controversial moment in the history of the Academy Awards

Smith rapped his greatest hits for fans - supported by Jada pointing at him on the right of the picture

Smith rapped his greatest hits for fans – supported by Jada pointing at him on the right of the picture

Smith rapped to Gettin Jiggy With It with stars and fans at the glitzy Beverly Hills event

Smith rapped to Gettin Jiggy With It with stars and fans at the glitzy Beverly Hills event

Ms Pinkett-Smith supported her husband after he defended her by striding on to stage to smack Rock

Ms Pinkett-Smith supported her husband after he defended her by striding on to stage to smack Rock

The slapping incident occurred after Rock cracked jokes about the 'GI Jane' haircut of Pinkett Smith, referring to her shaved head. The shocking scene, broadcast live around the world, stunned both the live audience and TV viewers

The slapping incident occurred after Rock cracked jokes about the ‘GI Jane’ haircut of Pinkett Smith, referring to her shaved head. The shocking scene, broadcast live around the world, stunned both the live audience and TV viewers 

Smith sobs as he apologised for the violence - but did not say sorry to Chris Rock

Smith sobs as he apologised for the violence – but did not say sorry to Chris Rock

Will Smith had initially laughed at the Rock gag about Jada's hair being short line Demi Moore's in GI Jane

Will Smith had initially laughed at the Rock gag about Jada’s hair being short line Demi Moore’s in GI Jane

After smacking Rock, a now visibly fuming Smith returned to his seat and began repeatedly yelling: 'Keep my wife's name out of your f***ing mouth'.

After smacking Rock, a now visibly fuming Smith returned to his seat and began repeatedly yelling: ‘Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth’.

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith showed a united front after the row with Rock overshadowed his Oscar win

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith showed a united front after the row with Rock overshadowed his Oscar win

DJ Nice and Will Smith pose of selfies at Vanity Fair as the star performed his biggest hits

DJ Nice and Will Smith pose of selfies at Vanity Fair as the star performed his biggest hits

DJ Nice and Will Smith pose of selfies at Vanity Fair as the star performed his biggest hits

The actor, 55, rapped along to his biggest hits including Summertime and Gettin' Jiggy Wit It at the Wallis Annenberg Center

The actor, 55, rapped along to his biggest hits including Summertime and Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It at the Wallis Annenberg Center

Smith brushed off a tumultuous night by partying to celebrate the greatest achievement of his career: Best Actor at the Oscars

Smith brushed off a tumultuous night by partying to celebrate the greatest achievement of his career: Best Actor at the Oscars

The actor put on a brave face for photographers as his big moment was undermined by his violent outburst

The actor put on a brave face for photographers as his big moment was undermined by his violent outburst

ada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, Will Smith, Jaden Smith and Trey Smith attend the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

ada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, Will Smith, Jaden Smith and Trey Smith attend the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Trevor Noah and Will Smith celebrate at Vanity Fair

Trevor Noah and Will Smith celebrate at Vanity Fair 

Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Serena Williams share a laugh at the Vanity Fair bash after the Oscars where Will Smith won best actor for playing Serena's father Richard

Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Serena Williams share a laugh at the Vanity Fair bash after the Oscars where Will Smith won best actor for playing Serena’s father Richard

Smith’s attack is widely viewed as the darkest moment in Oscars history. 

Chris Rock declines to file a police report against Will Smith after being slapped in the face at Oscars 

Comedian Chris Rock will not take police against being slapped in the face by Will Smith in the most jaw-dropping moment in the 94-year history of the Oscars on Sunday.

Los Angeles Police Department released a statement about the incident after the show confirming Rock, 57, would have to make a complaint for an investigation to take place.    

‘LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program,’ the LAPD said in a press release after the show ended Sunday.

‘The incident involved one individual slapping another. The individual involved has declined to file a police report. If the involved party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report.’

Smith, 53, could still face a misdemeanor charge for battery should Rock have a change of heart.  

In a rambling acceptance speech a sobbing Smith admitted that ‘love makes you do crazy things’ – but tellingly failed to apologise to Rock for his assault, only saying sorry to Academy and his fellow nominees. Rock has told LAPD he will not press charges.

Around 40 minutes earlier the comedian had made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. He said: ‘Jada, GI Jane 2, I can’t wait to see it’. Ms Smith has been grappling with hair loss since revealing her alopecia diagnosis in 2018.

The 50-year-old actress rolled her eyes and her husband, considered a shoo-in for the Best Actor gong, appeared to be laughing along with the gag. A giggling Chris Rock then said ‘uh oh’ seconds later as Will Smith suddenly stormed on to the stage and slapped him around the face, with an audible smack. Rock then began rubbing his cheek and said: ‘Wow, Will Smith just smacked the s**t out of me.’ 

Most of the assembled audience of the world’s biggest stars assembled last night at The Dolby Theatre in LA – and millions of people watching around the world – initially believed it was a prank, continuing to laugh at what had happened.

But Smith’s meltdown continued when he returned to his seat as he repeatedly screamed: ‘Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth’. The crowd then fell into stunned silence as it became crystal clear the attack was genuine. Chris Rock replied to him saying: ‘I’m going to, okay?’ before laughing uncomfortably saying: ‘That was the greatest night in the history of television’. Smith’s sweary rant was muted by directors because the show’s live broadcast is slightly delayed in the US.

But it was aired in full to some international audiences with the uncut clip already been viewed more than a million times on social media and YouTube in the past few hours.

Any questions over whether the altercation was genuine were answered when just over half an hour later Smith was given the Best Actor award and apologised for the assault. LAPD has since said that Mr Rock has declined to press assault charges – but they will be willing to investigate if he decides to pursue. 

In his acceptance speech a crying Smith said: ‘Love makes you do crazy things’, as he clutched his Best Actor Oscar statuette. 

After Smith strode out on stage and appeared to smack Rock with an open right hand, Rock staggered and exclaimed 'wow, Will Smith just smacked the s**t out of me'

After Smith strode out on stage and appeared to smack Rock with an open right hand, Rock staggered and exclaimed ‘wow, Will Smith just smacked the s**t out of me’

Moments later US actor Smith was seen swinging at the host of the 94th annual Academy Awards ceremony in LA

Moments later US actor Smith was seen swinging at the host of the 94th annual Academy Awards ceremony in LA

Smith, visibly emotional, walked back to his seat in the audience and shouted: 'Keep my wife's name out of your f***ing mouth'

Smith, visibly emotional, walked back to his seat in the audience and shouted: ‘Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth’

Smith initially laughed at the gag Rock made about Pinkett Smith's (right) short haircut. But Ms Pinkett Smith, who has struggled with hair loss after revealing her diagnosis with alopecia in 2018, rolled her eyes at Rock's mockery

Smith initially laughed at the gag Rock made about Pinkett Smith’s (right) short haircut. But Ms Pinkett Smith, who has struggled with hair loss after revealing her diagnosis with alopecia in 2018, rolled her eyes at Rock’s mockery

Will Smith used his acceptance speech for his first Academy Award to defend storming onto the Oscars stage and slapping presenter Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith's haircut. Smith holds his first Academy Award for Best Actor aloft during his speech

Will Smith used his acceptance speech for his first Academy Award to defend storming onto the Oscars stage and slapping presenter Chris Rock for making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s haircut. Smith holds his first Academy Award for Best Actor aloft during his speech 

‘The Devil comes for you at your highest moment’: What Denzel Washington told Will Smith as he and Bradley Cooper tried to calm him down during Oscars commercial break

Denzel Washington can be seen smiling as he walks an emotionally charged Will Smith back to his seat in the front row in the Dolby Theatre

Denzel Washington can be seen smiling as he walks an emotionally charged Will Smith back to his seat in the front row in the Dolby Theatre

Bradley Cooper, left, and Will Smith appear hug one another at the Oscars on Sunday after Smith had slapped Rock

Bradley Cooper, left, and Will Smith appear hug one another at the Oscars on Sunday after Smith had slapped Rock

Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington could be seen consoling Will Smith after he smacked presenter Chris Rock in the face in a shocking moment during the Oscars live broadcast on Sunday night. 

Rock made a joke about the hairstyle of Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith that referenced the movie ‘G.I. Jane’ in which actress Demi Moore shaved her head.

Smith suffers from alopecia and the joke did not appear to sit well with her. 

Smith, who fifteen minutes later won best actor for King Richard, walked on stage and slapped Rock in what at first appeared to be a scripted joke, but the mood turned to shock moments later when Smith, back in his front row seat, shouted ‘Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth.’   

During his acceptance speech, Smith revealed what Washington had told him during the commercial break: ‘ Be careful at your highest moment… that’s when the devil comes for you.’ 

Later during a commercial break, Smith was also seen being further consoled by Tyler Perry and Bradley Cooper who placed his hands on Smith’s shoulders as he attempted to comfort him. 

Just minutes after striking Rock with an open hand live on stage, Smith won his first Academy Award for his portrayal of Richard Williams, the determined father who raised tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams, in King Richard.

Accepting the award, Smith issued a tearful apology for his emotional outburst, saying: ‘I want to apologize to the Academy, I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees. This is a beautiful moment.’

 

In what should have been the greatest moment of his career, Smith accepted the award and said: ‘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. 

‘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.’

It’s like I want to be a vessel for love. I want to say thank you to Venus and Serena. I want to say thank you to Venus and Serena and the entire Williams family for entrusting me with your story. That’s what I want to do. I want to be an ambassador of that kind of love and care and concern.

He went on: I want to apologize to the Academy, I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees.  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’. He added: ‘I’m hoping the Academy invites me back. Thank you’.  

Smith’s relationship with his wife had been the butt of jokes during awards season. At the BAFTAs in London a fortnight ago host Rebel Wilson targeted the couple when he won won the Leading Actor award for his role in King Richard. The assembled audience at the Royal Albert Hall, which didn’t include the star who stayed in LA,  groaned as she said his ‘best performance in the past year was being OK with all his wife’s boyfriends’ – a nod to Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s open relationship. 

It came after he recently admitted his wife had ‘never believed in a conventional marriage’ and claims she had an affair. This may explain why he reacted so sensitively to Rock’s joke about her. 

Journalists covering the awards ceremony from the press area were instructed not to ask any attendees about Smith slapping Rock, according to BBC correspondent David Sillito. 

Late Sunday night, the LAPD issued a statement saying that Rock had not filed a police report against Smith, but that if he chooses to do so, police will investigate.

‘LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program,’ the statement said. ‘The incident involved one individual slapping another.’ 

It was not immediately clear whether the Academy would penalize Smith in any way for his outburst.

Smith’s actions attracted criticism from members of the film industry.

Rob Reiner tweeted: 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. 

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.’

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.’

Referring to words from Smith’s acceptance speech, English actor Cary Elwes said: ‘The ‘vessels of love’ I have known or admired never acted violently against another human being…’

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.’

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.’  

Accepting the award, Smith issued a tearful apology for his emotional outburst, saying: 'I want to apologize to the Academy, I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees. This is a beautiful moment'

Accepting the award, Smith issued a tearful apology for his emotional outburst, saying: ‘I want to apologize to the Academy, I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees. This is a beautiful moment’

US actor Denzel Washington and actor-producer Tyler Perry comfort Will Smith after the shocking televised slap. Smith later shared what Washington told him: 'At your highest moment, be careful because that´s when the devil comes for you.'

US actor Denzel Washington and actor-producer Tyler Perry comfort Will Smith after the shocking televised slap. Smith later shared what Washington told him: ‘At your highest moment, be careful because that´s when the devil comes for you.’

Bradley Cooper, consoles Will Smith appear in the audience at the Oscars on Sunday after Smith struck Rock

Bradley Cooper, consoles Will Smith appear in the audience at the Oscars on Sunday after Smith struck Rock

US actor Will Smith (R) sits alongside US actress Jada Pinkett Smith with the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for "King Richard" during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood

US actor Will Smith (R) sits alongside US actress Jada Pinkett Smith with the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for ‘King Richard’ during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood

OSCARS 2022 WINNERS: AT A GLANCE

Best Picture

CODA

Best Actress

Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Best Actor 

Will Smith, King Richard 

Best Director 

Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog

Best Original Song 

No Time to Die from No Time to Die 

Best Documentary Feature 

Summer of Soul 

Best Adapted Screenplay

CODA Sian Heder 

Best Original Screenplay

Belfast, Kenneth Branagh 

Best Costume Design

Cruella 

Best International Feature Film

Drive My Car

Best Supporting Actor 

Troy Kotsur, CODA

 

 

 

Best Animated Feature

Encanto

Best Visual Effects

Dune

Best Cinematography

Dune

Best Supporting Actress 

Ariana DeBose, West Side Story 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Best Production Design

Dune

Best Editing 

Dune

Best Original Score 

Dune

Best Live Action Short 

The Long Goodbye

Best Animated Short 

The Windshield Wiper

Best Documentary Short Subject 

The Queen of Basketball

Best Sound 

Dune 

 

  

Could Will Smith be stripped of his Oscar? Academy faces pressure to respond after disgraced star broke Code of Conduct drawn up in wake of MeToo Movement 

The Academy tweeted its disapproval of 'violence of any form' late on Sunday night

The Academy tweeted its disapproval of ‘violence of any form’ late on Sunday night

There are calls for the Academy to strip Will Smith of his Best Actor Oscar after he walked on stage and slapped comedian Chris Rock who was presenting an award on stage, after making a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s hair.

The Academy, in its code of conduct, is known to take a very a dim view of violence of any kind. 

After the award ceremony was over it tweeted: ‘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 reestablished its Code of Conduct in 2017 during the Me Too Movement.

‘Academy membership is a privilege offered to only a select few within the global community of filmmakers,’ AMPAS CEO Dawn Hudson wrote to members following various scandals in the industry.

On Sunday night, in the Dolby Theatre, there was complete bewilderment in the moments after the assault with took place with those present initially wondering if the punch was part of a stunt.  

It took a few moments for the normally unflappable Rock to process but the colorful language from Smith quickly confirmed it wasn’t any kind of joke at all. 

The punch threw the entire Oscars broadcast into chaos as producers were frantically forced into deciding how to deal with the on-air assault, with Smith still yet to receive his Best Actor statuette. 

 

But Will Smith’s son Jaden and Tennis star Serena Williams are among the stars who expressed both shock and support after the Hollywood actor hit Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars. 

After being named best actor for his performance as the father of Williams and her sister Venus in King Richard, Smith used his acceptance speech to apologise to the Academy and “all my fellow nominees” – but not Rock.

“I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people,” he added.

Shortly after the incident, Serena Williams shared a video on her Instagram story showing her looking shocked.

In a second clip, the sportswoman admitted she “had to put her drink down”.

Jaden Smith, 23, tweeted: “And That’s How We Do It” after his father’s on-stage altercation.

He later told his followers that his father’s acceptance speech had made him cry.

Rapper 50 Cent shared a photo of the moment on Instagram and wrote: “B!tch don’t you ever play with me. LOL.”

American late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien was among those making light of the situation, writing on Twitter: “Just saw the Will Smith slap.

“Anyone have a late night show I can borrow just for tomorrow?” 

The slapping incident occurred after Rock cracked jokes about the ‘GI Jane’ haircut — referring to the Demi Moor character who famously had a shaved head — of Pinkett Smith.

The shocking scene, broadcast live around the world, stunned both the live audience at the Dolby Theatre and TV viewers. 

After Smith strode out on stage and slapped Rock with an open right hand, Rock staggered and exclaimed ‘wow, Will Smith just smacked the s**t out of me.’ 

Smith, visibly emotional, walked back to his seat in the audience and shouted: ‘Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth.’ 

The incident that sparked it all, was when Rock looked at Jada, who has a shaved head, and said: ‘Jada, can’t wait for GI Jane 2’, prompting the actress to roll her eyes. Pinkett Smith has been grappling with hair loss since revealing her alopecia diagnosis in 2018. 

After being slapped, Rock appeared shocked and flustered as he tried to resume presenting the best documentary feature category.

‘That was the greatest night in the history of television,’ Rock said, before awkwardly returning to presenting best documentary, which went to Questlove’s ‘Summer of Soul (…or When the Revolution Was Not Televised).’ 

Vanity Fair executive editor Ramin Setoodeh, who was tweeting live from the ceremony, said that someone who works for the Oscars told him that Rock was not interrupted by Smith at rehearsals yesterday. 

‘It was not supposed to happen. It was real,’ he wrote.

After the slap seen round the world, Smith was seen being comforted and consoled by Denzel Washington and actor-producer Tyler Perry.

Bradley Cooper also pulled Smith aside and was seen in close conversation with him, before hugging him. 

'Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family,' Smith said in his acceptance remarks. 'In this time in my life, in this moment I am overwhelmed by what God is calling on me to do.'

‘Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family,’ Smith said in his acceptance remarks. ‘In this time in my life, in this moment I am overwhelmed by what God is calling on me to do.’

'Art imitates life. I look like the crazy father' said Smith. 'But love will make you do crazy things.'

‘Art imitates life. I look like the crazy father’ said Smith. ‘But love will make you do crazy things.’

Will Smith accepts the Actor in a Leading Role award for King Richard from Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, and John Travolta onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre

Will Smith accepts the Actor in a Leading Role award for King Richard from Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, and John Travolta onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre

Will Smith chats with US actresses Demi Singleton, and Saniyya Sidney onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre

Will Smith chats with US actresses Demi Singleton, and Saniyya Sidney onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre

Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifa and Will Smith 94th Annual Academy Awards Show in Los Angeles

Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifa and Will Smith 94th Annual Academy Awards Show in Los Angeles

Jada Pinkett Smith attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday in Hollywood

Jada Pinkett Smith attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday in Hollywood

Will Smith is seen after the show at the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

Will Smith is seen after the show at the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

Other ideas: She added that she found a treatment to slow the hair loss, but added she was open to, 'other ideas

Other ideas: She added that she found a treatment to slow the hair loss, but added she was open to, ‘other ideas

Journey: She also spoke about her journey with alopecia on a September 2021 episode of Red Table Talk with Tiffany Haddish and Yvonne Orji, telling the the decision to shave her head came from, 'that kind of expression and release"'

Divine: The actress said shaving her head gave her a sense of, 'freedown,' that made her more connected to, 'the great Divine in a special way.

Journey: She also spoke about her journey with alopecia on a September 2021 episode of Red Table Talk with Tiffany Haddish and Yvonne Orji, telling the the decision to shave her head came from, ‘that kind of expression and release”

Shock horror: Nicole Kidman has inadvertently become a meme after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars on Sunday

Shock horror: Nicole Kidman has inadvertently become a meme after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars on Sunday

Setoodeh, watching from inside the theater, said that Smith’s publicist approached him and spoke to him during a commercial break.  

Smith, who plays Venus and Serena Williams’ father in ‘King Richard,’ later in the show won best actor, his first Oscar. 

It meant Smith again took the stage shortly after what seemed likely to be one of the most infamous moments in Academy Awards history.

Smith’s acceptance speech vacillated between defense and apology.

‘Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family,’ Smith said in his first remarks. ‘In this time in my life, in this moment I am overwhelmed by what God is calling on me to do.’

 He continued: ‘I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people.’

Smith shared what Washington told him: ‘At your highest moment, be careful because that’s when the devil comes for you.’

Ultimately, Smith apologized to the academy and to his fellow nominees, but not to Rock.

‘Art imitates life. I look like the crazy father’ said Smith. ‘But love will make you do crazy things.’

It’s unclear if Rock was aware of Pinkett Smith’s history with alopecia before making the joke at the Dolby Theater on Sunday evening.

Pinkett Smith first opened up about dealing with alopecia during a 2018 episode of her Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk.

‘It was terrifying when it first started. I was in the shower one day and had just handfuls of hair in my hands and I was just like, ‘Oh my god, am I going bald?” she shared on the program.

She added that she found a treatment to slow the hair loss, but added she was open to, ‘other ideas.’

‘I’m getting my little steroid injections, and they seem to be helping, but not curing, but they seem to be helping, but I’m open to other ideas,’ she said.

‘I just want to say a thank you to everyone for all the outreach, from all the doctors and all the holistic practitioners, who have been reaching out to me for this head of mine, I appreciate it so much,’ she continued.

‘And I’m taking into a lot of consideration all the recommendations that are coming my way,’ she said.

Pinkett Smith decided to shave her head in July 2021, sharing an Instagram photo with her and daughter Willow, who inspired the cut with her own shorter hair.

‘Willow made me do it because it was time to let go BUT … my 50’s are bout to be Divinely lit with this shed,’ she said on her Instagram post.

Following the slap, Nicole Kidman inadvertently became a meme for her dramatic reaction to the incident. 

A photo of the 54-year-old actress looking shocked at the awards show soon went viral on Twitter, with fans commenting her reaction was universal.   

‘Nicole Kidman should win the Oscar for Best Reaction To Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock,’ tweeted one viewer. 

‘Nicole Kidman reacting to the Chris Rock and Will Smith incident at the #Oscars. A NEW MEME IS BORN,’ added another. 

Wrote one fan: ‘Nicole Kidman and her husband having a front row seat watching Will Smith slap the s**t out of Chris Rock.’

Following the astonishing incident, ‘#whatjusthappened’ started trending on Twitter, with one person commenting: ‘Nicole Kidman was all of us at that moment’.  

Inside Will Smith and Chris Rock’s long-running feud: Comedian first made joke about actor’s wife Jada at 2016 Oscars and has continued take jabs at the couple

Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars left the audience and viewers at home in a state of shock. 

But it’s not the first time that the movie star has been antagonized by the comedian.

In fact, a feud has been brewing between the pair over the past five years thanks to repeated jokes made at Will’s expense.

When hosting the Oscars back in 2016, Chris got himself into trouble with the actor when he used Will’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith as joke material in his opening monologue. 

Will Smith and Chris Rock's beef explained: Comedian first made joke about actor's wife Jada in 2016 Oscars and jibed him over exes

Shock: Will Smith punching Chris Rock at the Oscars left the audience and viewers at home in a state of shock and surprise.

Will Smith and Chris Rock’s beef explained: Comedian first made joke about actor’s wife Jada in 2016 Oscars and jibed him over exes

In an opening bit about diversity, Chris, 57, poked fun at Jada, 50, for boycotting the Oscars when Will failed to receive a nomination for the movie Concussion.

‘Jada got mad, said she’s not coming. Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited,’ Chris said.

‘You get mad. It’s not fair that Will was this good and didn’t get nominated. It’s also not fair that Will was paid $20 million for Wild Wild West.’

‘This year at the Oscars, things are going to be a little different. In the ‘in memoriam’ package it’s just going to be black people who were shot by the cops on their way to the movies. Yes, I said it, all right?’

Following the dig, TMZ had approached Will for comment but he remain silent and refused to answer. 

But the jibes from Chris didn’t stop there.

Adding further fire to their beef, in 2018 Chris posted a controversial comment about the actor on social media that made light of his previous marriage.

Will had posted a photo wishing his ex-wife Sheree Zampino a very happy birthday, and Chris posted a remark that went viral.

First jab: In his opening monologue about diversity, Chris, 57, poked fun at Jada, 50, for boycotting the Oscars when Will failed to receive a nomination for Concussion (Pic; 2016)

First jab: In his opening monologue about diversity, Chris, 57, poked fun at Jada, 50, for boycotting the Oscars when Will failed to receive a nomination for Concussion (Pic; 2016)

‘Happy Bday, @shereezampino. #BestBabyMamaEver! 🙂 I Love You, Ree-Ree,’ Will wrote alongside a photo of Sheree and their son Trey. 

Chris then commented: ‘Wow. You have a very understanding wife.’ 

Sheree then responded to Chris, replying: ‘Don’t hate.’

The exchange hit headlines at the time, considering Chris had targeted Jada and Will during the Oscars in 2016.   

However, on Sunday night, it seemed Will had finally enough after Chris made a ‘G.I. Jane’ joke about Jada’s shaven head haircut.

Jada has been open about her struggle with hair loss due to alopecia

Will, visibly emotional, walked back to his seat after slapping Chris and shouted: ‘Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth.’ 

After the incident, Will and Jada reportedly held hands throughout the ceremony.

The couple’s open relationship has seemingly been a trigger for Will, having sparked chaotic conversation at various star-studded events and caused the actor to insist ‘never been infidelity’ in their marriage.

History: Chris previously made fun of Jada when he hosted the Oscars in 2016

History: Chris previously made fun of Jada when he hosted the Oscars in 2016

Most recently, the couple found themselves the butt of a joke earlier this month after Smith scooped Best Actor for his role in King Richard at the 75th Annual British Academy Film Awards.

BAFTAs host Rebel Wilson, 41, quipped on stage: ‘I thought his best performance over the past year was being OK with all his wife’s boyfriends!’

Speaking afterwards, Smith insisted that there has ‘never been infidelity’, despite Jada admitting in 2020 that she had an ‘entanglement’ with singer August Alsina, 29.

‘There’s never been infidelity in our marriage. Jada and I talk about everything, and we have never surprised one another with anything ever,’ Smith said.

The actor – who has son Jaden, 23, and daughter Willow, 21, with Jada – added that he doesn’t care if people speculate about his marriage and instead he encourages the ‘chatter’ in the hope it will spark meaningful debate.

‘I have decided that chatter about my life can be of a benefit to people,’ he told Gayle King on CBS Sunday Morning after the BAFTAs.

‘Chatter is the first stage to having a real conversation and to be able to truly explore if some of the things in your heart are loving or poisonous.’ 

Inside Will and Jada’s tumultuous and very unconventional 25-year marriage: Rumors of open relationship, same-sex ‘entanglement’ and denials of ‘infidelity’ 

ByNatasha Anderson For Dailymail.Com 

Will Smith’s tumultuous relationship with his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, apparently caused trouble for the actor at the Academy Awards on Sunday.

Smith, 53, hit Oscars presenter Chris Rock in a stunning meltdown on stage at Sunday’s ceremony after the comedian cracked jokes about Jada’s haircut. 

After Smith strode out on stage and appeared to smack Rock with an open right hand, Rock staggered and exclaimed ‘wow, Will Smith just smacked the s**t out of me.’ 

Smith, visibly emotional, walked back to his seat in the audience and shouted: ‘Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth.’ 

Jada, 50, who sported a buzzcut at the Oscars, is battling autoimmune disorder alopecia, which can cause hair loss and balding. 

After the incident, Smith and Jada reportedly held hands throughout the ceremony. 

The couple’s open relationship has seemingly been a trigger for Smith, having sparked chaotic conversation at various star-studded events and caused the actor to insist there ‘never has been infidelity’ in their marriage.

Will Smith tumultuous relationship with his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, apparently caused trouble for the actor at the Academy Awards on Sunday

Smith appeared to hit Oscars presenter Chris Rock in a stunning meltdown on stage at Sunday's ceremony after the comedian cracked jokes about Jada's haircut

Smith appeared to hit Oscars presenter Chris Rock in a stunning meltdown on stage at Sunday’s ceremony after the comedian cracked jokes about Jada’s haircut

Smith won the academy award for Best Actor moments after he slapped Rock with an open hand live on stage.

Accepting the award, Smith issued a tearful apology for his emotional outburst, saying: ‘I want to apologize to the Academy, I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees. This is a beautiful moment.’ 

‘Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family,’ said a visibly emotional Smith. ‘In this time in my life, in this moment I am overwhelmed by what God is calling on me to do.’ 

Vanity Fair executive editor Ramin Setoodeh, who was tweeting live from the ceremony, said that someone who works for the Oscars told him that Rock was not interrupted by Smith at rehearsals on Saturday. 

‘It was not supposed to happen. It was real,’ he wrote.

After the slap, Smith was seen being comforted and consoled by Denzel Washington and actor-producer Tyler Perry. Bradley Cooper also pulled Smith aside and was seen in close conversation with him. 

Setoodeh, watching from inside the theater, said that Smith’s publicist approached him and spoke to him during a commercial break. 

Smith won his first Academy Award in his 33-year acting career on Sunday for his portrayal of Richard Williams, the determined father who raised tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams, in ‘King Richard.’

Smith and Jada are seen nuzzling each other at the Academy Awards on Sunday

Smith and Jada are seen nuzzling each other at the Academy Awards on Sunday

Smith and Jada lovingly react after he is declared the winner of the Oscar for Best Actor

Smith and Jada lovingly react after he is declared the winner of the Oscar for Best Actor

The couple is embraced by fellow celebs after Smith won the award for Best Actor

The couple is embraced by fellow celebs after Smith won the award for Best Actor 

Earlier this month, Smith and Jada found themselves the butt of a joke after he scooped Best Actor for his role in King Richard at the 75th Annual British Academy Film Awards. 

BAFTAs host Rebel Wilson, 41, quipped on stage: ‘I thought his best performance over the past year was being OK with all his wife’s boyfriends!’ 

Speaking afterwards, Smith insisted that there has ‘never been infidelity’, despite Jada admitting in 2020 that she had an ‘entanglement’ with 29-year-old singer August Alsina.

‘There’s never been infidelity in our marriage. Jada and I talk about everything, and we have never surprised one another with anything ever,’ Smith said.

The actor – who has son Jaden, 23, and daughter Willow, 21, with Jada – added that he doesn’t care if people speculate about his marriage and instead he encourages the ‘chatter’ in the hope it will spark meaningful debate.

‘I have decided that chatter about my life can be of a benefit to people,’ he told Gayle King on CBS Sunday Morning after the BAFTAs.

‘Chatter is the first stage to having a real conversation and to be able to truly explore if some of the things in your heart are loving or poisonous.’

The couple - who share two children, Willow and Jaden Smith - have found their marriage the topic of headlines in recent years, particularly when Jada discussed her relationship with singer August Alsina (not pictured). The Smith family is seen together in November 2021

The couple – who share two children, Willow and Jaden Smith – have found their marriage the topic of headlines in recent years, particularly when Jada discussed her relationship with singer August Alsina (not pictured). The Smith family is seen together in November 2021

The Smiths also got into a bit of an awkward situation on the 2022 SAG Awards red carpet in February.

The A-list couple was being interviewed by E! News host Laverne Cox who suddenly brought up the topic of entanglements, saying: ‘We can’t wait for more Red Table Talk and more entanglements.’ 

Jada smoothly navigated the uncomfortable situation, raising her fingers and saying, ‘No more of those!’ while smiling.  

Cox laughed and said: ‘No more entanglements! I love you, girl. I’m just kidding. I’m just joshing you.’ 

The couple’s marriage has hit the headlines in recent years, particularly when Jada discussed her relationship with Alsina. 

Earlier this month, during the BAFTAs ceremony, Rebel Wilson quipped on stage: 'I thought [Will's] best performance over the past year was being OK with all his wife’s boyfriends!'

Will responded to the jibe during a CBS Sunday Morning interview, saying he doesn't care if people speculate about his marriage and instead he encourages the 'chatter' in the hope it will spark meaningful debate

Earlier this month, during the BAFTAs ceremony, Rebel Wilson quipped on stage: ‘I thought [Will’s] best performance over the past year was being OK with all his wife’s boyfriends!’. Will responded to the jibe during a CBS Sunday Morning interview, saying he doesn’t care if people speculate about his marriage and instead he encourages the ‘chatter’ in the hope it will spark meaningful debate

The A-list couple was being interviewed by E! News host Laverne Cox on the 2022 SAG Awards red carpet in February when the actress suddenly brought up the topic of entanglements, saying: 'We can't wait for more Red Table Talk and more entanglements'

The A-list couple was being interviewed by E! News host Laverne Cox on the 2022 SAG Awards red carpet in February when the actress suddenly brought up the topic of entanglements, saying: ‘We can’t wait for more Red Table Talk and more entanglements’

Jada first made waves with the word ‘entanglement’ in 2020 on her Facebook show, while describing her relationship with Alsina to her husband.

She did the show a month after August appeared on The Breakfast Club in June and claimed that he was in a relationship with the actress and had her husband’s ‘blessing.’  

‘Four and a half years ago… I started a friendship with August. We actually became really, really good friends,’ Jada told Red Table. 

‘It all started with him just needing some help, me wanting to help his health, his mental state. 

‘From there as time went on, I got into a different kind of entanglement with August,’ she explained, later clarifying, ‘It was a relationship, absolutely.’ 

She added: ‘I was in a lot of pain, and I was very broken. Now in the process of that relationship, I definitely realized that you can’t find happiness outside of yourself.’ 

The couple also clarified that they were separated at the time that the relationship took place. 

Jada is battling autoimmune disorder alopecia, which can cause hair loss and balding

She has been open about her diagnosis on social media, even claiming her daughter encouraged her 'let go'

Jada is battling autoimmune disorder alopecia, which can cause hair loss and balding (left). She has been open about her diagnosis on social media, even claiming her daughter (right) encouraged her ‘let go’

The original comment: Jada first made waves with the word 'entanglement' in 2020 on her Facebook show, while describing her relationship with musician August to her husband

The original comment: Jada first made waves with the word ‘entanglement’ in 2020 on her Facebook show, while describing her relationship with musician August to her husband

In September 2021, the Aladdin star admitted his wife wasn’t ‘the only one engaging in other sexual relationships’ outside of their marriage.

However, he declined to go into detail, particularly because his mindset has changed in recent years.

He explained: ‘It may seem hard to believe, but I would lose sleep over not giving you the answer that I know you could use.

‘I want to help you, I want you to succeed, I want you to have a headline.

‘But by the same token, I don’t want to deal with the backlash of that in the world. To say I don’t want to talk about that three years ago would have been f****** excruciating for me.’

Smith admitted his wife never ‘believed in conventional marriage’ so they spent a long time figuring out their relationship boundaries.He said: ‘Jada never believed in conventional marriage.… Jada had family members that had an unconventional relationship.

Apple+’s CODA wins Best Picture in first top honor for a streamer as Oscars draw criticism for failing to mention Ukraine aloud even while tackling domestic politics 

Up until Smith’s assault on Rock, the show had been running fairly smoothly. 

Crowning the ceremony, the Academy Awards named an unabashed crowd-pleaser, the deaf family drama ‘CODA,’ best picture Sunday, handing Hollywood´s top award to a streaming service for the first time.

Sian Heder´s ‘CODA,’ which first premiered at a virtual Sundance Film Festival in winter 2021, started out as an underdog but gradually emerged as the Oscars´ feel-good favorite. 

It also had one very deep-pocketed backer in Apple TV+, which scored its first best picture Academy Award on Sunday, less than three years after launching the service.

It also handed another near-miss defeat to Netflix, the veteran streamer that for years has tried vainly to score best picture. Its best chance, Jane Campion´s ‘The Power of the Dog,’ came in with a leading 12 nominations. It won one, for Campion’s direction.

But ‘CODA’ rode a wave of goodwill driven by its cast including Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur, Emilia Jones and Daniel Durant. It´s the first film with a largely deaf cast to win best picture. 

‘CODA’ managed that despite being one of the least-nominated films with only three coming into Sunday. Not since 1932´s ‘Grand Hotel’ has a movie won best picture with fewer than four nods.

Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi and Patrick Wachsberger accept the Oscar for Best Picture for "CODA" at the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood on Sunday

Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi and Patrick Wachsberger accept the Oscar for Best Picture for ‘CODA’ at the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood on Sunday

"Coda" producers Philippe Rousselet (L), Fabrice Gianfermi (R) and Patrick Wachsberger (C) pose with the award for Best Picture for "CODA" in the press room during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday

‘Coda’ producers Philippe Rousselet (L), Fabrice Gianfermi (R) and Patrick Wachsberger (C) pose with the award for Best Picture for ‘CODA’ in the press room during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday

Meanwhile, the organizers of the Oscars are under fire for paying ‘tribute’ to the people of Ukraine without mentioning the country by name or directly addressing Russia’s invasion, despite the hosts’ eagerness to go after domestic political issues. 

The 94th Academy Awards got underway Sunday night at 8pm, with ABC carrying the three-hour telecast from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.  

Actress Mila Kunis, who was born in Ukraine, took the stage at the Oscars to address Russia’s invasion of her home country, leading a moment of silence after praising ‘those who keep fighting through unfathomable darkness.’ 

Kunis, without mentioning Ukraine or Russia by name, said that in recent weeks the world had been shocked by ‘recent global events’, before introducing country superstar Reba McEntire, who delivered a live performance of Somehow You Do. 

Then during a moment of silence, title cards called for the audience to support the ‘people of Ukraine currently facing invasion, conflict and prejudice within their own borders’ before a quick cut to commercial — but the word ‘Ukraine’ was not spoken aloud once during the brief segment. 

Aides for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had lobbied the academy for a last-minute video appearance at the ceremony, but the producers opted to go for the moment of silence instead, according to the New York Times. 

The hands-off approach to addressing the war in Ukraine drew an immediate flood of criticism, with one person tweeting: ‘they seem to not only be incapable of even saying ‘Ukraine’ but just throw up a wall of text their affiliates can cut off if they don’t want to show it. These people are grossly out of touch in so many ways.’

Kunis has otherwise been vocal about the war in Ukraine, raising $35 million for the nation’s people together with her husband Ashton Kutcher, leaving many of her fans stunned at her soft-touch tribute.  

In contrast, the co-hosts of the Oscars wasted no time turning to domestic politics, taking aim at a range of hot-button issues and mocking Republicans in their opening monologue. 

Actress Mila Kunis, who was born in Ukraine, took the stage at the Oscars to address Russia's invasion of her home country -- but did not mention Ukraine or Russia by name as the ceremony treaded lightly on the issue

Actress Mila Kunis, who was born in Ukraine, took the stage at the Oscars to address Russia’s invasion of her home country — but did not mention Ukraine or Russia by name as the ceremony treaded lightly on the issue

Instead of the video appearance that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky requested, Reba McEntire then performed

Instead of the video appearance that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky requested, Reba McEntire then performed

Without ever uttering the word 'Ukraine' aloud, the Oscars addressed Russia's invasion with these title cards

Without ever uttering the word ‘Ukraine’ aloud, the Oscars addressed Russia’s invasion with these title cards

'We're going to have a great night, and for you folks in Florida, we're going to have a gay night!' announced Sykes (center) in the opening monologue, referring to a controversial law in the Sunshine State

‘We’re going to have a great night, and for you folks in Florida, we’re going to have a gay night!’ announced Sykes (center) in the opening monologue, referring to a controversial law in the Sunshine State

Comedians Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes are hosting, and it is the first time three women have guided the ceremony, with Schumer joking: ‘This year the Academy hired three women to host—because it’s cheaper than hiring one man.’  

Their opening remarks quickly turned political with jokes targeting conservatives, in defiance of criticism that overly-political content has contributed to the award show’s tanking ratings in recent years. Last year’s pandemic-delayed ceremony garnered just 10.4 million total viewers — a massive 56 percent decline from the year before.

‘We’re going to have a great night, and for you folks in Florida, we’re going to have a gay night! Gay, gay gay!’ announced Sykes in the opening monologue, referring to the state’s so-called ‘don’t say gay’ bill, which would bar lessons about gender or sexuality in school between kindergarten and third grade

Many in the crowd such as Denzel Washington and Nicole Kidman smiled and applauded in delight at the jab.  

In another joke, Sykes took aim at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, making him the punchline of a joke about ‘toxic masculinity’. Another joke centered on diversity at the Golden Globes.

Schumer also referenced race and policing issued, joking: ‘I represent unbearable white women who call the cops when you get a little too loud.’  

Beyoncé kicked off the Oscars with pre-taped performance on the tennis courts where Venus and Serena Williams played as girls, in a tribute to the biopic King Richard, about the tennis stars’ upbringing.   

Host Amy Schumer appears on stage at the Oscars on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles

Host Amy Schumer appears on stage at the Oscars on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles

West Side Story star Ariana DeBose spoke of her pride of being an 'openly queer woman of color' as she won the best supporting actress Oscar

West Side Story star Ariana DeBose spoke of her pride of being an ‘openly queer woman of color’ as she won the best supporting actress Oscar 

Troy Kotsur became the first deaf man to win an Oscar, taking the Academy Award on Sunday for best supporting actor for his role as a fisherman and father in family drama 'CODA.'

Troy Kotsur became the first deaf man to win an Oscar, taking the Academy Award on Sunday for best supporting actor for his role as a fisherman and father in family drama ‘CODA.’

US singer-songwriter Beyonce performs during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on Sunday

US singer-songwriter Beyonce performs during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on Sunday

The Oscars opened on an unconventional note with a performance from one of the biggest stars on the planet: Beyonce

The Oscars opened on an unconventional note with a performance from one of the biggest stars on the planet: Beyonce 

In a bid to draw more viewers, especially younger ones, after years of plunging ratings, the three-hour show starting at 8pm ET will add two awards, the results of fan votes for favorite film and scene. 

The co-hosts’ short monologue also included jabs at ‘Being the Ricardos’ nominee J.K. Simmons and ‘House of Gucci’ stars Lady Gaga and Jared Leto – or ‘House of Random Accents,’ as Sykes called it. 

In another joke Schumer quipped: ‘I’m Amy Schumer, or as they know me in Hollywood, ‘Melissa McCarthy said no.”

‘Leonardo Dicaprio, what can I even say about him? He’s done so much to fight climate change and leave behind a cleaner, greener planet for his girlfriends,’ joked Schumer at another point.  

Meanwhile, Troy Kotsur became the first deaf man to win an Oscar, taking the Academy Award on Sunday for best supporting actor for his role as a fisherman and father in family drama ‘CODA.’

Kotsur, 53, has worked for over three decades in theater, television and film for both deaf and hearing audiences.

In ‘CODA,’ an acronym for ‘child of deaf adults,’ Kotsur plays Frank Rossi, the father of teenager Ruby who struggles to help her family’s fishing business while pursuing her own aspirations in music.

The only other deaf person to win an Oscar was Kotsur’s ‘CODA’ co-star Marlee Matlin. She won best actress for her role in 1986 romantic drama ‘Children of a Lesser God.’

The first eight awards of the night were handed out before the telecast began. Denis Villeneuve’s science-fiction epic ‘Dune’ won four Academy Awards before the televised show even began: production design, editing, sound and for Hans Zimmer’s score. 

Following criticism in prior years of the lack of diversity at the awards, West Side Story star Ariana DeBose spoke of her pride of being an ‘openly queer woman of color’ as she won the best supporting actress Oscar.

The star, 31, collected her gong dressed in red Valentino trousers and a crop top and said her win was proof that ‘dreams do come true’.

DeBose spoke of her pride of being an 'openly queer woman of colour' as she won the best supporting actress Oscar

DeBose spoke of her pride of being an ‘openly queer woman of colour’ as she won the best supporting actress Oscar

Troy Kotsur (L) accepts from South-Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for "CODA" onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood

Troy Kotsur (L) accepts from South-Korean actress Youn Yuh-jung the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for ‘CODA’ onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood

Canadian director Ben Proudfoot in the press room during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood

Canadian director Ben Proudfoot in the press room during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood

US actor Jake Gyllenhaal attends the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on Sunday

US actor Jake Gyllenhaal attends the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on Sunday

DeBose won the Academy Award on Sunday night for her acting, singing and dancing as Anita in her breakthrough role in the Steven Spielberg reimagining of the classic musical.

She becomes the first Afro-Latina and openly LGBTQ actor win in the category. ‘To anybody who has ever questioned your identity,’ she said, ‘I promise you there is a place for us.’

Largely unknown in film circles before landing the coveted role, the 31-year-old North Carolina native became the clear Oscar favorite after an awards season full of victories.

She was previously primarily known as a stage actress, with Broadway roles in ‘Bring It On: The Musical,’ ‘Motown: The Musical’ and ‘Hamilton.’

DeBose beat out fellow nominees Jessie Buckley, Judi Dench, Kirsten Dunst and Aunjanue Ellis. She thanked Rita Moreno, who starred in both 1961 and 2021 film adaptations.

Prior to the show, celebrities walked the Oscars red carpet, ready to celebrate the year in movies at a ceremony free of last year’s pandemic restrictions and promising a few plot twists as well as a moment of support for Ukraine.

Jessica Chastain, Nicole Kidman and other nominees donned a rainbow of colors outside the Dolby Theatre where 2,500 gown- and tuxedo-clad attendees were expected for the 94th Academy Awards.

Beyoncé kicked off the Oscars with pre-taped performance on the tennis courts where Venus and Serena Williams played as girls, in a tribute to the biopic King Richard, about the tennis stars' upbringing

Beyoncé kicked off the Oscars with pre-taped performance on the tennis courts where Venus and Serena Williams played as girls, in a tribute to the biopic King Richard, about the tennis stars’ upbringing

Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer accept the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for "Dune" at the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood on Sunday

Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer accept the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for ‘Dune’ at the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood on Sunday

‘My English is not enough to express all the feelings I am going through right now. It’s like a dream come true moment,’ said Ahn Hwitae, one of the stars of Japanese best picture nominee ‘Drive My Car.’

A dark Western, ‘The Power of the Dog,’ will battle feel-good deaf family drama ‘CODA’ for the prestigious best picture prize. A win by either movie would mark a milestone by handing the statuette to a streaming service.

Netflix Inc released ‘Power of the Dog’ while ‘CODA’ streamed on Apple TV+.

Producers said they planned an upbeat show but will acknowledge the crisis in Ukraine, which has killed thousands and driven a quarter of Ukraine’s 44 million people from their homes. Actor Mila Kunis, who was born in Ukraine, is among the night’s presenters. Jason Momoa wore a handkerchief in the colors of the Ukrainian flag: blue and yellow.

‘It’s really, really strange to be here in tuxedos, knowing what’s going on in Ukraine,’ said ‘Power of the Dog’ producer Emile Sherman. ‘It’s not an easy time trying to absorb what’s happening in that part of the world, while still celebrating the achievements of everyone who made this movie and all the movies here tonight.’

Actor Jamie Lee Curtis said she would deliver a tribute to acting legend Betty White, who died in December just shy of her 100th birthday.

Co-hosts Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and Regina Hall speak onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California

Co-hosts Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and Regina Hall speak onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California

US actress and comedian Amy Schumer (L), US actress and comedian Wanda Sykes (C) and US actress Regina Hall speak onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on Sunday

US actress and comedian Amy Schumer (L), US actress and comedian Wanda Sykes (C) and US actress Regina Hall speak onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on Sunday

Shaun White, Kelly Slater, and Tony Hawk attend the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles

Shaun White, Kelly Slater, and Tony Hawk attend the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles

Color reigned on the red carpet. Nominee Kodi Smit-McPhee wore a light blue suit, while Chastain donned a lavender and gold gown with giant ruffles on the skirt. Kirsten Dunst and Marlee Matlin chose bright red.

After past complaints about a lack of diversity, two of this year’s four acting accolades may go to people of color. Will Smith is likely to earn his first Oscar for ‘King Richard,’ awards watchers say, as is Ariana DeBose for ‘West Side Story.’

The best picture race hinges on whether the 9,900 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences back a gothic psychological thriller or an uplifting story.

‘Power of the Dog,’ starring Benedict Cumberbatch as a repressed cowboy who torments his brother’s new wife, outpaced all movies with 12 nominations. It had been considered the leader until ‘CODA’ landed top honors from the Screen Actors Guild and Producers Guild.

‘CODA’ tells the story of a hearing girl who serves as interpreter for her deaf family but longs to pursue a career in music. CODA is an acronym for ‘child of deaf adult.’

A screen shows the Oscars sign onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood

A screen shows the Oscars sign onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood

A traditional Hollywood studio could score an upset. Awards experts give an outside shot to Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Belfast,’ a film inspired by his childhood in Northern Ireland at the onset of the sectarian conflict known as the Troubles, or Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ remake.

‘King Richard’ star Smith is the best-actor favorite for playing the determined father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams. Competitors include Cumberbatch and Andrew Garfield for musical ‘Tick, Tick … Boom!’

Best actress is the most unpredictable. Many experts say Chastain’s portrayal of TV evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker will triumph, though some give the edge to former ‘Twilight’ vampire Kristen Stewart for playing Princess Diana in ‘Spencer.’

In supporting actor categories, Afro-Latina actress DeBose is expected to prevail for her portrayal of Anita in ‘West Side Story.’ ‘CODA’ star Troy Kotsur could make history as the first deaf man to win an Oscar.

Oscars red carpet 2022: Lily James stuns in a racy pink lace gown while Best Actress nominee Olivia Colman sparkles in silver as they join Emilia Jones and Judi Dench leading the Brits on the red carpet  

Lily James and Olivia Colman were among a slew of British stars leading the charge at the 94th Academy Awards at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Sunday.

Gracing the star-studded red carpet, the Pam & Tommy star put on yet another daring display in a revealing pink lace gown, as she joined fellow UK favourites Dame Judi Dench and Emilia Jones at the ceremony.

Following it’s return to full form in the wake of the Covid pandemic, this year’s Oscars has seen huge recognition for British talent, with Kenneth Branagh’s biopic Belfast also landing seven nominations including Best Picture.

Turning up the glamour, Lily showed off her phenomenal figure in the gorgeous number that also flaunted her ample assets with a daring neckline. 

The dress also featured a long chiffon train and was adorned with intricate pink flowers sewn into the semi-sheer fabric.

She completed the look with a pair of chunky pink satin heels and wore a statement silver necklace to draw attention to her cleavage.

Wow! Lily James put on a very leggy display in daring dress as she hit the Oscars red carpet on Sunday afternoon at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood

Stunning: The Pam and Tommy actress, made sure all eyes were on her in the pink lace Versace gown that showed off her toned and tanned pins

Wow! Lily put on a very leggy display in a daring pink lace dress with a dramatic thigh-high split, ensuring all eyes were on her in the pink lace Versace gown that showed off her toned and tanned pins

Style: The dress also featured a long chiffon train and was adorned with intricate pink flowers sewn into the semi-sheer fabric

Style: The dress also featured a long chiffon train and was adorned with intricate pink flowers sewn into the semi-sheer fabric

Beauty: Turning up the glamour, she showed off her phenomenal figure in the gorgeous number that also flaunted her ample assets with a daring neckline

Pose: She put on a very glamorous and confident display

Beauty: Turning up the glamour, she showed off her phenomenal figure in the gorgeous number that also flaunted her ample assets with a daring neckline

Cute! She later joined her musician boyfriend Michael Shuman on the red carpet and held his hand

Cute! She later joined her musician boyfriend Michael Shuman on the red carpet and held his hand

Incredible: She completed the look with a pair of chunky pink satin heels and wore a statement silver necklace to draw attention to her cleavage

Glowing: Lily wore her dark brunette tresses in a bouncy blow-dried style and opted for a typically glamorous makeup look

Incredible: She completed the look with a pair of chunky pink satin heels and wore a statement silver necklace to draw attention to her cleavage

Exciting: The Academy Awards are taking place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Sunday evening with comedians Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes as hosts and Beyonce as well as Billie Eilish as performers

Exciting: The Academy Awards are taking place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Sunday evening with comedians Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes as hosts and Beyonce as well as Billie Eilish as performers

Confident: She made sure all eyes were on her in the daring pink dress that showed off her endless legs

Confident: She made sure all eyes were on her in the daring pink dress that showed off her endless legs

Design: The Versace dress featured thin straps over her shoulders and a longer train

Busy: She has had a huge year after the release of Pam & Tommy

Design: The Versace dress featured thin straps over her shoulders and a longer train. It comes in the midst of a huge year for Lily following the release of Pam & Tommy 

Lily wore her dark brunette tresses in a bouncy blow-dried style and opted for a typically glamorous makeup look. 

Meanwhile Olivia, who has landed a Best Actress nod for her performance in Netflix’s film The Lost Daughter, exuded elegance in a silver metallic gown.

The former Oscar winner’s dress boasted a simple flowing skirt and a sophisticated high neck as she joined arrives ahead of the ceremony.

Adding a touch of glamour with diamond drop earrings, Olivia swept her brunette tresses into a coiffed beehive to allow her dress to take centre stage. 

A vision: Meanwhile Olivia has landed a Best Actress nod for her performance in Netflix's film The Lost Daughter

Hard to miss! She exuded elegance in a silver metallic gown

A vision: Meanwhile Olivia, who has landed a Best Actress nod for her performance in Netflix’s film The Lost Daughter, exuded elegance in a silver metallic gown

Flawless: Adding a touch of glamour with diamond drop earrings, Olivia swept her brunette tresses into a coiffed beehive to allow her dress to take centre stage

Flawless: Adding a touch of glamour with diamond drop earrings, Olivia swept her brunette tresses into a coiffed beehive to allow her dress to take centre stage

Hard to miss! The former Oscar winner's dress boasted a simple flowing skirt and a sophisticated high neck as she joined arrives ahead of the ceremony

Hard to miss! The former Oscar winner’s dress boasted a simple flowing skirt and a sophisticated high neck as she joined arrives ahead of the ceremony

Supportive: Olivia was accompanied by her husband Ed Sinclair, who put on his own dapper display as they posed up a storm together on the red carpet

Supportive: Olivia was accompanied by her husband Ed Sinclair, who put on his own dapper display as they posed up a storm together on the red carpet

Jovial: The couple, who married in 2001, were every inch the picture perfect pair

Jovial: The couple, who married in 2001, were every inch the picture perfect pair

Praised: Olivia was lauded for her role in The Lost Daughter, and landed a nomination for Best Actress

Praised: Olivia was lauded for her role in The Lost Daughter, and landed a nomination for Best Actress

Emilia, who is the daughter of singer and presenter Aled Jones, looked stunning in a shimmering gold gown from Dolca and Gabbana with revealing cut-outs, which shimmered under the lights. 

The CODA star’s chocolate tresses were swept up in an elegant high bun that showed off her dainty diamond earrings. 

She opted for a full palette of makeup which accentuated her natural beauty as she posed up a storm for the cameras. 

In Coda, Emilia plays 17-year-old Ruby, the only hearing member of a deaf family.

Gold standard! Emilia, who is the daughter of singer and presenter Aled Jones, looked stunning in a shimmering gold gown

Hard to miss! The Dolbe and Gabbana gown, which boasted revealing cut-outs, shimmered under the lights

Gold standard! Emilia, who is the daughter of singer and presenter Aled Jones, looked stunning in a shimmering gold gown from Dolca and Gabbana with revealing cut-outs, which shimmered under the lights

Beautiful: The CODA star's chocolate tresses were swept up in an elegant high bun that showed off her dainty diamond earrings

Beautiful: The CODA star’s chocolate tresses were swept up in an elegant high bun that showed off her dainty diamond earrings

Revealing: Emilia opted for a full palette of makeup which accentuated her natural beauty as she posed up a storm for the cameras ahead of the ceremony

Revealing: Emilia opted for a full palette of makeup which accentuated her natural beauty as she posed up a storm for the cameras ahead of the ceremony

Role: In Coda, Emilia plays 17-year-old Ruby, the only hearing member of a deaf family

Role: In Coda, Emilia plays 17-year-old Ruby, the only hearing member of a deaf family

Proving she could still wow onlookers after decades in the film industry, Dame Judi opted for a simple white gown and a matching overcoat adorned with pearls.

The screen veteran, who has landed a Best Supporting Actress nod for her role in Belfast, was accompanied by her grandson Sam Williams on the red carpet. 

Judi accessorised with a matching white clutch handbag and donned a flashy gold watch to match her rings. 

The Academy Awards ceremony has returned to its regular venue of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California after being held at Union Station last year.

Family: Judi was accompanied by her grandson Sam Williams, who opted for a smart black tuxedo

Family: Judi was accompanied by her grandson Sam Williams, who opted for a smart black tuxedo

In a rather bold move, the show will be hosted by a trio of stars in Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes as it has gone without a host over the last three years.

The trio have made history as it is the first time there is an all-female host line-up as they are also the first emcees since 2018.  

Netflix’s Power Of The Dog led nominations with 12 nods, including Best Picture, Best Director and recognition for all of its top actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Campion, a nominee for 1993′s The Piano, became the first woman to ever be nominated twice for best director. 

Last year, Chloé Zhao became just the second woman to ever win the award. Campion’s director of photography, Ari Wegner, also became the second woman ever nominated for Best Cinematography.

Dune followed closely behind with 10 nominations spread out largely in the technical categories that rewarded the gargantuan craft of Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, yet unexpectedly bypassed Villeneuve’s direction. 

The Warner Bros. release debuted simultaneously in theaters and — against the strenuous objections of its director — on HBO Max.

With The Power Of The Dog and Dune, the nominees for best picture are: Belfast, CODA, Don’t Look Up, Drive My Car, Licorice Pizza, King Richard, Nightmare Alley and West Side Story.

No streaming service has ever won Best Picture, but half of the 10 nominees were released by streamers. This year, the odds may be better than ever that Netflix — which led all studios with 27 nominations — or another service will finally break through.

Apple TV+ notched its first best-picture nomination with the deaf drama CODA, which also made history as Supporting Actor nominee Troy Kotsur became only the second deaf actor ever nominated as his CODA co-star Marlee Matlin was the first in 1987.

Netflix backed The Power of the Dog and Adam McKay’s apocalyptic comedy Don’t Look Up. And both King Richard and Dune launched on HBO Max. Even the academy for the first time ruled out hard-copy DVD screeners for its members, who instead could watch submissions on the academy’s streaming platform.

It is also set to be a night of great musical performances as Beyonce and Billie Eilish are set to perform but outspoken vaccine skeptic Van Morrison is skipping Hollywood’s biggest night.

All three performers are nominated for Best Song along with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Diane Warren, whose songs will also be performed on the broadcast.

Pop superstar Beyonce’s Oscar-nominated ballad Be Alive was penned for tennis biopic King Richard, which stars Will Smith as the father of tennis greats Serena and Venus Williams.

Hollywood trade publication Variety reported that Beyonce will perform live from the tennis courts in Compton where the sisters played as children. 

Eilish and her brother Finneas will perform No Time To Die from the recent James Bond movie.

But while Morrison, who wrote Down to Joy for Kenneth Branagh’s black-and-white childhood drama Belfast, was invited to perform at the star-studded gala, he ‘will not attend the Oscars due to his tour schedule,’ organizers said.

The singer, known as ‘Van the Man’ to his fans, is due to tour England in late March, before arriving in the US next month for further dates.

Morrison’s high-profile criticism of pandemic restrictions — including three anti-lockdown ‘protest songs’ — and opposition to vaccine mandates had led to questions about whether he would be welcomed at the Oscars.

The ceremony taking place Sunday in Hollywood requires nominees, guests and press to be vaccinated, although performers and presenters are reportedly able to attend without proof of vaccine if they undergo rigorous testing.

Miranda’s Dos Oruguitas from Disney animated movie Encanto will be performed by Sebastian Yatra.

Best known for creating Broadway sensation Hamilton, Miranda will attain the coveted and rare EGOT status for winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award if he wins on Sunday.

Warren’s song Somehow You Do from Four Good Days — which will be performed by Reba McEntire — is her 13th Oscar nomination, but she has never won.

Also performing at the Oscars will be an all-star band including Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, and DJ D-Nice.

There will also be many A-list presenters including Bill Murray, Lady Gaga, Kevin Costner, Samuel L. Jackson, Zoë Kravitz, Lupita Nyong’o. Anthony Hopkins, Lily James, Daniel Kaluuya, and Mila Kunis.

As if that already wasn’t enough John Leguizamo, Simu Liu, Rami Malek, Rosie Perez, Chris Rock, Naomi Scott, Wesley Snipes, Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Yuh-jung Youn, Ruth E. Carter, Halle Bailey, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Jamie Lee Curtis, Woody Harrelson, Shawn Mendes, Tyler Perry, Tracee Ellis Ross, Stephanie Beatriz, DJ Khaled, Jennifer Garner, H.E.R., Tiffany Haddish, Tony Hawk, Elliot Page, Kelly Slater and Shaun White will also be taking to the stage.

One controversy which sprang up earlier this week, however was West Side Story star Rachel Zegler not being invited to the ceremony despite her film being nominated for seven awards. 

Zegler, 20, created a bit of a firestorm on social media as she revealed over the weekend that she will not be in attendance at The Oscars despite being the lead – Maria Vasquez – for the Steven Spielberg directed flick. 

She posted on Instagram Sunday that she tried to go but ‘it doesn´t seem to be happening’ and that she will be rooting for West Side Story from her couch.

‘I hope some last minute miracle occurs and I can celebrate our film in person but hey, that´s how it goes sometimes, I guess,’ Zegler continued on Instagram. ‘Thanks for all the shock and outrage – I´m disappointed, too. But that’s OK. So proud of our movie.However, on Tuesday it was reported by The Hollywood Reporter that she had been invited to present. 



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