The 5 best (and worst) Oscar moments, including Will Smith slapping Chris Rock, Beyoncé’s ‘Be Alive’

Written by on March 28, 2022

Hollywood’s greatest evening returned with stars, spectacle and plenty of surprises

The Oscars got here again in full drive Sunday to Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre, after final yr’s scaled-down ceremony amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Amy Schumer, Regina Corridor and Wanda Sykes earned truthful critiques for his or her joint internet hosting work – coming off three years of ceremonies that had no host – whereas the Academy’s resolution to current a number of technical awards off digital camera continued to be roundly panned on social media. 

“Dune” led the evening with the most wins: six together with finest cinematography and finest rating. “CODA” triumphed in the very best image class, after a neck and neck race with “The Energy of the Canine,” which took just one award for finest director (Jane Campion). However all eyes have been on Chris Rock and Will Smith’s onstage rift.  

Listed below are extra of essentially the most stunning, poignant and downright pleasant moments from the 2022 Oscars: 

‘That is only a wild evening’:Social media is stunned about Will Smith smacking Chris Rock

Will Smith confronts Chris Rock as he presents the award for best documentary feature.

Chris Rock will get slapped by Will Smith after making a harsh joke about Jada Pinkett Smith 

The moment everyone will be talking about from the Oscars for weeks and months to return: Whereas introducing the award for finest documentary characteristic (gained by Questlove’s “Summer season of Soul”), Chris Rock made a joke about Smith’s spouse, Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia and was rocking a shaved head to the occasion. 

“Jada, I really like you; ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ cannot wait to see it,” Rock quipped, as Pinkett Smith rolled her eyes in response. Smith proceeded to storm on stage and smack Rock, and was seen mouthing “Preserve my spouse’s identify out of your (expletive) mouth.” Rock was visibly startled by the altercation, however nonetheless wisecracked, “That was the best evening within the historical past of tv.” 

Will Smith tearfully apologizes to the Academy, fellow nominees throughout an uncomfortable finest actor speech 

Anticipation was excessive for the announcement of the very best actor award, which Smith was anticipated to win. Smith was tearful and anxious all through the fraught speech, which ought to have been a joyous second.

“I need to apologize to the Academy,” Smith stated, not lengthy after his heated encounter with Rock. “I need to apologize to all my fellow nominees. It is a lovely second and I’m not crying for successful an award. It’s not about successful an award for me. It’s about with the ability to shine a lightweight on the entire individuals.” 

Smith thanked the real-life Richard Williams, father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, whom he portrays within the movie “King Richard.” His speech emphasised Richard’s function as a protector of his household, as he not so subtly drew parallels between his life and Richard’s. 

“I’m being referred to as on in my life to like individuals and to guard individuals and to be a river to my individuals,” Smith stated. “I do know to do what we do, you’ve got bought to have the ability to take abuse. You bought to have the ability to have individuals discuss loopy about you. On this enterprise, you bought to have the ability to have individuals disrespecting you. And you bought to smile and you bought to fake like that’s OK.” 

‘Love will make you do loopy issues’:Will Smith apologizes to Oscars after hitting Chris Rock onstage

Beyoncé opens the Oscars with a rousing tennis-themed efficiency of ‘Be Alive’ in Compton 

The Dolby stage merely cannot include the supernova that’s Beyoncé, who in sometimes extravagant style, spilled her efficiency of Oscar-nominated authentic music “Be Alive” into town of Los Angeles. Draped in diamonds and a feathered costume, the pop star opened the ceremony along with her inspiring “King Richard” anthem, strutting throughout a sprawling lime-green tennis court docket and backed by dozens of dancers and musicians clad in comparable shades of inexperienced. 

Amy Schumer takes goal at Leonardo DiCaprio, Oscar films 

After an ungainly and infrequently humorous monologue break up between the three hosts, Schumer got here on stage early within the present for a brief solo set during which she ruthlessly roasted this yr’s nominated films. Concerning tennis drama “King Richard,” Schumer joked, “After years of Hollywood ignoring girls’s tales, this yr we lastly bought a film concerning the unimaginable Williams sisters’ … dad.” Moments later, she took a jab on the critically derided “Do not Look Up,” a finest image nominee: “I suppose the Academy members don’t lookup critiques.”

She additionally earned shocked laughter with a dig at “Being the Ricardos,” a Lucille Ball biopic “with out even a second that’s humorous,” Schumer stated, because the digital camera minimize away to smiling “Ricardos” stars Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem. However she reserved her sharpest jab for Leonardo DiCaprio, deadpanning, “He’s executed a lot to combat local weather change and go away behind a cleaner, greener planet for his girlfriends. As a result of he’s older. And so they’re youthful. OK, you get it.” 

Megan Thee Stallion (center) was a surprise guest with Becky G (left) and Luis Fonsi (right) on "We Don't Talk About Bruno."

Megan Thee Stallion raps about ‘Bruno’ in shock look 

Simply whenever you thought you’ve got heard all there’s of “We Do not Discuss About Bruno” – the hit monitor from Disney’s animated “Encanto” that spent 5 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Scorching 100 singles chart – rapper Megan Thee Stallion introduced a contemporary spin to the music at Sunday’s present. The Grammy-winning finest new artist made a shock look throughout the first dwell efficiency of the music with a model new verse, as singers Becky G and Luis Fonsi additionally hopped on the unconventional remix, which left many fans confused with its Oscar-themed lyrics. 

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