Oscars 2022: Twitter erupts after Will Smith SLAPS Chris Rock

‘Was that real?!’: Twitter erupts after Will Smith SLAPS Chris Rock for joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair during live Academy Awards show

  • Smith, 53, marched to the Oscars stage and slapped Rock, 57, as he presented the Best Documentary award
  • The comedian had joked about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head
  • ‘Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth,’ he shouted after sitting down
  • Smith later won his Oscar for Best Actor for King Richard
  • He starred as Venus and Serena Williams’ father Richard Williams 

Will Smith left Oscar viewers stunned and speechless on Sunday night after he slapped Chris Rock following an off-color joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss.

Viewers on Twitter could barely believe their eyes following the shocking display, much of which was muted or cut off the broadcast in the US.

‘Was that real?!?’ tweeted one user who caught the mood of other online viewers, before Smith later won the Oscar for Best Actor for his lead role in King Richard.

Who saw that coming?! Will Smith left Oscar viewers stunned and speechless on Sunday night after he slapped Chris Rock following an off-color joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss

‘Might be the most uncomfortable moment of muted television I have ever seen,’ they continued, adding hashtags for Smith, Rock and the Oscars.

Rock, 57, appeared to have set off Smith — who is nominated for Best Actor for his performance in King Richard — by joking that the Matrix Resurrections actress was preparing to star in a sequel to G.I. Jane, a reference to her bald head.

‘Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth,’ Smith shouted from the audience after returning to his seat near the stage.

Another person joked that they couldn’t wait to see the reactions rolling in.

‘Me going to read Twitter after #willsmith punched #chrisrock at the #oscars,’ they wrote, adding a funny photo of a cat in front of a laptop.

Off the rails: Rock, 57, appeared to have set off Smith — who is nominated for Best Actor for his performance in King Richard — by joking that the Matrix Resurrections actress was preparing to star in a sequel to G.I. Jane, a reference to her bald head

‘Was that real?!?’: One Twitter user summed up the mood of viewers at home

Eating it up: Another person joked that they couldn’t wait to see the reactions rolling in

Serena Williams, whose early years are documented in the inspiring drama, appeared to react to Smith attacking Rock in a short video posted to her Instagram Stories.

One brief clip showed her off the main floor with her moth hanging open and her eyes wide in shock.

‘I just sat down ’cause I was like, “I’ve gotta get a drink now,”‘ she said in a follow-up video posted from inside the theater, though she didn’t explicitly address the apparent assault.

Mandy Moore seemed to reference the attack with a tweet she reposted to her Instagram Stories, which appeared to urge viewers not to salute the actor’s ‘violence.’

‘Violence is never “proof of love,”‘ wrote Glennon Doyle. ‘That’s a deadly idea that has fueled and excused domestic (and all) violence for far too long. think hard about that take, please.’ 

Shocker: Serena Williams appeared to react to Smith attacking Rock in a short video posted to her Instagram Stories. One brief clip showed her off the main floor with her moth hanging open and her eyes wide in shock

Needs a breather: ‘I just sat down ’cause I was like, “I’ve gotta get a drink now,”‘ she said in a follow-up video posted from inside the theater

Wagging her finger: Mandy Moore seemed to reference the attack with a tweet she reposted to her Instagram Stories, which appeared to urge viewers not to salute the actor’s ‘violence’

OSCARS 2022: WINNERS

 BEST PICTURE 

Belfast (Focus Features)

Coda (Apple)

Don’t Look Up (Netflix)

Drive My Car (Janus Films/Sideshow)

Dune (Warner Bros)

King Richard (Warner Bros)

Licorice Pizza (MGM/United Artists Releasing)

Nightmare Alley (Searchlight Pictures)

The Power Of The Dog (Netflix)

West Side Story  (20th Century Studios)

On the saddle: Power Of The Dog received several nominations including Best Picture

 

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE 

Jessie Buckley – The Lost Daughter 

Ariana DeBose – West Side Story – WINNER

Judi Dench – Belfast 

Kirsten Dunst- The Power Of The Dog

Aunjanue Ellis – King Richard 

  

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE 

Ciaran Hinds – Belfast 

Troy Kotsur – Coda – WINNER

Jesse Plemons – The Power Of The Dog

J.K Simmons – Being The Ricardos 

Kodi Smitt-McPhee – The Power Of The Dog

 

COSTUME DESIGN 

Cruella (Jenny Beavan) – WINNER

Cyrano (Massimo Cantini Parrini)

Dune (Jacqueline West)

Nightmare Alley (Luis Sequeira)

West Side Story (Paul Tazewell) 

 

Jumping for joy: West Side Story was nominated for Best Costume Design

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND 

Belfast 

Dune – WINNER

No Time To Die 

The Power Of The Dog 

West Side Story 

 

ORIGINAL SCORE

Don’t Look Up (Nicholas Britell)

Dune (Hans Zimmer) – WINNER

Encanto (Germaine Franco)

Parallel Mothers (Alberto Iglesias)

The Power of the Dog (Jonny Greenwood)

 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

 CODA (Sian Heder) – WINNER

Drive My Car (Ryusuke Hamaguchi & Takamasa Oe)

Dune (Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts & Denis Villeneuve)

The Lost Daughter (Maggie Gyllenhaal)

The Power of the Dog (Jane Campion)

Loud and clear: Coda was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay

 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

 Belfast (Kenneth Branagh) – WINNER

Don’t Look Up (Adam McKay & David Sirota)

Licorice Pizza (Paul Thomas Anderson)

King Richard (Zach Baylin)

The Worst Person in the World (Joachim Trier & Eskil Vogt)

 

 

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Affairs Of The Heart 

Bestia 

Box Ballet 

Robin Robin 

The Windshield Wiper – WINNER

 

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM 

Ala Kachuu — Take and Run

The Dress

The Long Goodbye – WINNER

On My Mind

Please Hold

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM 

Drive My Car – WINNER

Flee

The Hand of God

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

The Worst Person in the World

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

 Dune (Zsuzsanna Sipos & Patrice Vermette) – WINNER

Nightmare Alley (Tamara Deverell & Shane Vieau)

The Power of the Dog (Grant Major & Amber Richards)

The Tragedy of Macbeth (Stefan Dechant & Nancy Haigh)

West Side Story (Rena DeAngelo & Adam Stockhausen)

 ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE 

Javier Bardem – Being the Ricardos

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog

Andrew Garfield – tick, tick… BOOM!

Will Smith – King Richard – WINNER

Denzel Washington – The Tragedy of Macbeth

Ace? Will Smith is nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for King Richard

 

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Olivia Colman – The Lost Daughter

Penélope Cruz – Parallel Mothers

Nicole Kidman – Being the Ricardos

Kristen Stewart – Spencer

 

DIRECTING 

Kenneth Branagh – Belfast

Paul Thomas Anderson – Licorice Pizza

Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog – WINNER

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi – Drive My Car

Steven Spielberg – West Side Story  

At the helm: Jane Campion is nominated in the Best Director category for Power Of The Dog

 

FILM EDITING 

Don’t Look Up (Hank Corwin)

Dune (Joe Walker) – WINNER

King Richard (Pamela Martin)

The Power of the Dog (Peter Sciberras)

Tick, Tick… Boom! (Myron Kerstein & Andrew Weisblum)

 

 

MAKEUP AND HAIR STYLING

Coming 2 America 

Cruella 

Dune 

The Eyes Of Tammy Faye – WINNER

House Of Gucci

 

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 

Encanto – WINNER

Flee 

Luca 

The Mitchells VS The Machine 

Raya And The Lost Dragon 

 

ORIGINAL SONG

Be Alive — Beyoncé Knowles-Carter & Darius Scott (King Richard)

Dos Oruguitas — Lin-Manuel Miranda (Encanto)

Down to Joy — Van Morrison (Belfast)

No Time to Die — Billie Eilish & Finneas O’Connell (No Time to Die) – WINNER

Somehow You Do— Diane Warren (Four Good Days)

  

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Audible

Lead Me Home

The Queen of Basketball – WINNER

Three Songs for Benazir

When We Were Bullies

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Ascension

Attica

Flee

Summer of Soul (Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) – WINNER

Writing with Fire

 

VISUAL EFFECTS 

Dune – WINNER

Free Guy 

No Time To Die 

 Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings

Spider-Man: No Way Home 

Stunning: Dune earned nods in both the Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography categories 

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY 

 Dune (Greig Fraser) – WINNER

Nightmare Alley (Dan Lausten)

The Power of the Dog (Ari Wegner)

The Tragedy of Macbeth (Bruno Delbonnel)

West Side Story (Janusz Kaminski)

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