Sunday, May 26, 2024

Will Smith Wins Best Actor After Hitting Chris Rock on Stage During the Academy Awards


In tears, Will Smith has accepted Best Actor at the Oscars for “King Richard.”

Twenty minutes earlier, Smith lost control of his temper, went on stage and punched out Chris Rock. The comedian had made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett, having a short hair cut.

Despite what Smith said in his acceptance speech, his behavior was completely unacceptable. It was violent and showed a complete lack of restraint.

He’s apologizing to the Academy and his fellow nominees. But not to Rock. “Life imitates art,” he said, “I look like the crazy father.”

This was a first for the Oscars, and remarkable live TV.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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