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Oscars 2022: Will Smith Slaps Chris Rock, Wins Award; BTS Appears at the 94th Academy Awards; Coda Actor Troy Kotsur Makes History

Academy Awards 2022 LIVE: The 94th Academy Awards came to an end with CODA taking home the Oscar for Best Picture. While Will Smith was declared best actor for 'King Richard,' Jessica Chastain won the best actress Oscar. | March 29, 2022, 10:08 IST
Will Smith slapped presenter Chris Rock, BTS made a virtual appearance, Troy Kotsur won for Coda

Oscars 2022 LIVE UPDATES: Sian Heder’s ‘CODA’ created history by becoming the first movie from a major streaming service to win an Oscar for best picture at the 94th Academy Awards, which was overshadowed by a bizarre unscripted moment when Will Smith came on stage and apparently punched presenter Chris Rock in the face. It’s become by far the most talked-about and tweeted-about moment of this year’s Read More

Mar 28, 2022 20:23 IST

Academy Awards 2022: Ariana DeBose Poses Gracefully with her Oscar

Ariana DeBose created history by becoming the first queer woman of colour to bag this prestigious award. She received the award for the film West Side Story. She also became the second actress to win this award for Anita’s role. Take a look at her posing gracefully with her well-earned award.

Mar 28, 2022 20:20 IST

Academy Awards 2022: Kourtney Kardashian, Travis Barker Pose as the Hot Couple for Oscars After-Party

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker raised temperatures with their photoshoot at Vanity Fair Oscars portrait studio. Take a look:

Mar 28, 2022 19:19 IST

Academy Awards 2022: Megan Thee Stallion Wears Biomorphic Gown by Indian Fashion Designer Gaurav Gupta

American rapper Megan Thee Stallion’s red carpet look for the 94th Academy Awards was designed by Indian couturier Gaurav Gupta. The 27-year-old artist was spotted in the Silver-Blue fantasy biomorphic gown by the designer. The ethereal slate-blue strapless gown embellished with stripes of sequins. The cosmic-themed gown featured a side cutout at the torso, a leg-baring slit, and a skirt that flowed out in structured waves. Megan completed the look with matching blue sandals and diamond and sapphire jewellery, and wore her hair styled in a low bun.

Mar 28, 2022 18:53 IST

Academy Awards 2022: Wrong 'Will Smith' Hit By Angry Tweets After Chris Rock Slap Gate

Following the controversial incident, angry fans reached out to ‘Will Smith’ on Twitter, whose account is verified, and expressed their disappointment over his reaction. Several fans tagged ‘Will Smith’ and said that he should apologise to Chris for his actions. However, little that they know, the Will they were tagging wasn’t the actor but a podcaster and video game creator.

Read: Oscars 2022: Wrong ‘Will Smith’ Hit By Angry Tweets After Chris Rock Slap Gate, He Issues Clarification

Mar 28, 2022 18:11 IST

Oscars 2022: This picture captured Hollywood’s reaction to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock

Journalist Derek Blasberg shared a picture from a Vanity Fair Oscar dinner, which features some of the biggest names sitting at the round table busy googling their phones. What are they googling? The journalist had it answered in the caption, he wrote: “Meanwhile, this is everybody at my table at the Vanity Fair Oscar dinner manically googling wtf Will Smith just said to Chris Rock.”

Mar 28, 2022 17:40 IST

Oscars 2022: Kangana Ranaut Takes Will Smith's Side, Invites Him to her Lock Upp

Kangana Ranaut was the latest Bollywood celebrity to come out in support of Will Smith. She dropped a picture of Smith slapping Rock from the mega show on her Instagram stories and wrote, “If some idiot used my mom or sister’s illness to make bunch of fools laugh I would slap him like @willsmith did…bass ass move…hope he comes to my #LockUpp (sic).” Lock Upp is a show she is hosting.

Oscars 2022: Kangana Ranaut Takes Will Smith's Side, Invites Him to her Lock Upp

Mar 28, 2022 17:18 IST

Oscars 2022: After Slapping Chris Rock, Here's How Will Smith Took Centre Stage At The After Party

Will Smith who also won the Best Actor award joined the after party where he was spotted along with his wife Jada, daughter Willow, and sons Trey and Jaden. He also joined the dance floor and took the centre stage. When Smith’s 1997 summer anthem ‘Gettin Jiggy Wit It’ was played, a circle formed around the actor to see him dance. He held his Oscar in his hand as he grooved to the song.

Read: Oscar 2022: After Slapping Chris Rock, Here’s How Will Smith Took Centre Stage At The After Party

Mar 28, 2022 16:14 IST

Oscars 2022: Will Smith's Last Post Before the Slap Incident: Dressed up to Choose Chaos

Before the ceremony and the infamous slap incident, Will Smith had taken to Instagram to share a video with his wife Jada. He captioned it, “Me ‘n @jadapinkettsmith got all dressed up to choose chaos.” That did not age well!

Mar 28, 2022 15:32 IST

Oscars 2022: Nicole Kidman's unmissable reaction to Will Smith's slap

While netizens are divided on Will Smith’s controversial slap, they can’t help but notice Nicole Kidman’s reaction. Needless to say, it has become a fan favourite and another addition to the meme templates.

Mar 28, 2022 15:06 IST

Academy Awards: Lata Mangeshkar, Dilip Kumar Missing from the 'In-Memoriam' Segment

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and celebrated actor Dilip Kumar were not mentioned in the ‘In Memoriam’ segment of the 94th Academy Awards. The late personalities were honoured at the British Academy Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) earlier this month.

Mar 28, 2022 14:36 IST

Oscars 2022: BTS' J-Hope Inspires Joe Jonas' Oscars After-Party 2022 Look; Timothée Chalamet Reminds Fans Of Jungkook

ARMYs at first were taken by surprise when they saw BTS members RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook talk about their favourite musical moments at the Oscars 2022 in a pre-recorded message. While fans were still wrapping their heads around the sweet surprise they were treated to, Jonas Brothers singer Joe Jonas surprised ARMYs by wearing an outfit previously worn by J-Hope.

Read: BTS: J-Hope Inspires Joe Jonas’ Oscars After-Party 2022 Look; Timothée Chalamet Reminds Fans Of Jungkook

Mar 28, 2022 14:18 IST

Academy Awards LIVE updates: Neetu Kapoor Reacts to Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock

Several celebrities have responded to this incident. Some have taken his side, while others have called Will Smith out for violence. Bollywood actress Neetu Kapoor took to her Instagram Story section to write, “And they say women can never control their emotions.”

Academy Awards LIVE updates: Neetu Kapoor Reacts to Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock

Mar 28, 2022 13:56 IST

Oscars 2022: Stars and films that made history at 94th Academy Awards

Ariana DeBose, the star of Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, made history by becoming the first openly queer woman of colour to win an Oscar and the first openly queer performer to win an acting Oscar. While CODA star Troy Kotsur was the second deaf actor to win an acting Oscar (his co-star in the film, Marlee Matlin, won the first for 1986’s Children of a Lesser God), the film also became the first Best Picture winner for a streaming service.

Mar 28, 2022 13:40 IST

Academy Awards: Here's the full list of Oscars 2022 winners

CODA won a landmark best picture prize at the Oscars on Sunday, in a ceremony overshadowed by best-actor winner Will Smith’s hitting of presenter Chris Rock after he cracked a joke about the actor’s wife. In other awards, Jane Campion became just the third woman in the 94-year history of the Oscars to win the best director, for her “Power of the Dog.” Jessica Chastain bagged the best actress award for playing TV evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.”

Read: Oscars 2022 Winners List: Coda Wins Best Picture, Will Smith Wins Best Actor At 94th Academy Awards

Mar 28, 2022 13:31 IST

Academy Awards LIVE updates: Why Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at Oscars 2022?

At the 94th Academy Awards, Will Smith got upset with presenter Chris Rock as he cracked a joke about the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. “Javier Bardem and his wife are both nominated. Now, if she loses, he can’t win,” Rock started his piece, adding, “He is praying that Will Smith wins, like, please, lord. Jada, I love you. ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it, all right?” While Will seemed to be laughing in the beginning, Jada was seen rolling her eyes. Soon after, Will shocked the audience by storming the stage and hitting Chris in the face. “Wow,” said Rock afterward. “Will Smith just smacked the s**t out of me.” Smith’s comments were bleeped when he returned to his seat, but it was apparent that he told Rock, “Keep my wife’s name out your f***king mouth.”

Mar 28, 2022 13:12 IST

Academy Awards LIVE updates: Serena Williams reacts to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock

Serena Williams has broken her silence on Will Smith hitting Chris Rock at the Oscars 2022. Taking to Instagram Stories, the tennis pro appears to have been left speechless by the shocking moment that saw Will crash the stage and punch the comedian in the face. Serena was at the Oscars to see Will Smith later win Best Actor for his portrayal of her father in King Richard. After the viral incident, Serena took to Instagram to film her reaction and she was just as shocked as everyone was.

Mar 28, 2022 13:03 IST

Academy Awards LIVE updates: Mia Farrow defends Chris Rock over Oscars joke

Actress Mia Farrow has come out in Chris Rock’s defence after the comedian was hit by Will Smith on the Oscars’ stage. Mia 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.”

Mar 28, 2022 13:01 IST

Oscars LIVE updates: Conan O'Brien reacts to Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock

American late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien was among those making light of the Oscars slap situation, writing on Twitter: “Just saw the Will Smith slap. Anyone have a late night show I can borrow just for tomorrow?”

Mar 28, 2022 12:55 IST

Oscars LIVE updates: Cops say Chris Rock declined to file complaint against Will Smith

The Los Angeles Police Department confirms to Variety that Chris Rock has “declined to file a police report” following an altercation with Will Smith on the Oscars’ stage.

Mar 28, 2022 12:41 IST

Oscars LIVE updates: Will Smith to lose best actor Oscar after Chris Rock slap?

Will Smith stunned everyone after he slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars 2022. Following the altercation, there are reports suggesting that Will could find himself fn a legal problem. A few social media users also suggested that Will might have to give back the Oscar award for The Academy has a strict code of conduct policy. The Academy has now reacted to Will Smith and Chris Rock’s slap gate and informed everyone via Twitter that they don’t ‘condone violence’. In a tweet shared after the ceremony ended, The Academy said, “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.” Read the full story, here.


Chris Rock had come on stage to introduce the best documentary feature when he made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, being in a sequel to ‘G.I. Jane’– seemingly a reference to her shaved head. Pinkett-Smith has been open about having alopecia, which causes hair loss. Following this, Will strode to the stage and hit Chris and then screamed “Keep my wife’s name out of your f****ng mouth”. Since then, Will has been receiving huge backlash on social media for hitting Chris on national television.

Chris Rock Left Oscars Venue After Will Smith Slap, Didn’t Know Jada Pinkett Smith’s Alopecia: Report

Meanwhile, in the acting category, Will Smith won best actor Oscar for playing Richard Williams, ambitious father and coach of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, in ‘King Richard’. The best actress Oscar went to Jessica Chastain for her role as a televangelist in ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’.

Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi powerhouse ‘Dune,’ on the other hand, dominated the Academy Awards in the technical categories by grabbing six out of eight wins for cinematography, production design, editing, original score, sound, and visual effects. For the unversed, India’s Namit Malhotra is the Chairman and CEO of DNEG, the VFX pro behind Dune.

Will Smith Publicly Apologises to Chris Rock on Instagram Over Oscars Slap: ‘I Was Wrong’

Moreover, apart from the best picture win, CODA got recognised for best supporting actor honour for Troy Kotsur and a best adapted screenplay honour for Sian Heder. Kotsur also made history, becoming just the second deaf actor to win an Oscar. “This is dedicated to the deaf community, the C.O.D.A. community, and the disabled community,” Kotsur said. “This is our moment.”

The Academy also showed support for the people of Ukraine as Reba McEntire performed her nominated song ‘Somehow You Do,’ introduced by Ukraine native Mila Kunis on stage. “While film is an important avenue for us to express our humanity in times of conflict, the reality is millions of families in Ukraine need food, medical care, clean water, and emergency services,” read a message on a black screen.

On the performance front, Beyonce opened the 2022 Academy Awards from a tennis court in Compton in honour of the birthplace of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams, whose upbringing is the subject of King Richard. Billie Eilish delivered a power-packed performance on ‘No Time to Die,’ the title tune for the latest James Bond film, on stage. Eilish and Finneas O’Connell also won the original-song Oscar for the song. It’s the third consecutive Academy Award for music in the long-running spy franchise, following Adele’s win for 2012’s ‘Skyfall’ and Sam Smith’s for ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ from 2015’s ‘Spectre’.

This year, The Power of the Dog led the pack of nominations with an impressive 12 nominations, including a Best Picture nomination. The movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst in the lead. Besides The Power of the Dog, Belfast, Don’t Look Up, Drive My Car, Dune, King Richard, Licorice Pizza, Nightmare Alley, and West Side Story were the top contenders of the Oscars 2022 Best Picture Winner.

Indian film Writing With Fire also won a nomination in the Best Documentary Feature category but lost out to Summer of Soul (…or, When The Revolutions Could Not Be Televised).

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