Sunday, April 14, 2024

Will Smith is the Only Oscar Winner to Skip the Press Rooms After the Academy Awards


Will Smith was the only Oscar winner not to appear before the press after the Academy Awards.

Smith punched out Chris Rock on live TV, then won the Oscar and gave an acceptance speech. He apologized to the Academy but not Rock for leaping out of the audience, jumping on stage, and punching Rock. The comedian had made an innocent joke about Smith’s wife’s haircut looking like “GI Jane.”

People at the Oscars are still in shock. But if Smith isn’t addressed in some way, many are wondering if this isn’t normalizing violence. It’s a quandary. But I think Smith will have this follow him around for a long, long time.


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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