Oscars 2022 Winners: Will Smith Wins Oscar After Hitting Chris Rock On Stage

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Creator: Jay L. Clendenin 
Copyright: Copyright – 2022 Image Los Angeles Times

The 94th Academy Awards, also popularly known as the Oscar awards, took place on the 27th of March 2022 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. This is an annual awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to honour excellent and distinctive films released between the 1st of March 2021 and the 31st of December 2021. Shortlists of films for nominations in ten categories were announced in December 2021; and, on the 8th of February, the full list of nominations were revealed by actors Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan. After last night, we now have a complete list of winners ready for you, as well as some highlights from the eventful night, so read on for the latest updates on the Oscars! 

(Myung Chun / Los Angeles Times)

One of the biggest takeaways from the award ceremony was the scandal caused by Will Smith walking up on stage to hit Chris Rock in the face, described as a “slap” in some news outlets. This all happened when comedian Chris Rock decided to make a joke about some people in the audience; he had already taken aim at another celebrity couple, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, before he moved his attention towards Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

Chris Rock joked, “Jada, I love you. GI Jane 2, I can’t wait to see it, alright?” This was then followed by him saying, “That was a nice one.”

This joke is undoubtedly what caused Will Smith to do what he did, however, moments before he went on stage, he was seen laughing in a video clip before noticing his wife’s reaction of rolling her eyes. That was when he stood up to go right up to Chris Rock and hit him in the face, before going back to his seat and shouting, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f****** mouth.”

(Myung Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Chris Rock seemed flustered as he tried to continue presenting the Best Documentary Feature category award, he said, “Oh wow, Will just smacked the s*** out of me. That was the greatest night in the history of television.”

Many people may not be aware of this, but Jada Pinkett Smith has recently spoken out publicly about the struggles she has been through with alopecia following her diagnosis back in 2018. She has shared many videos on social media talking about the disorder that causes hair loss and balding, as well as how much she struggled with it.

After this incident and later on in the event, Will Smith was announced as the Best Actor for his role as Richard Williams in the film ‘King Richard’, where he received a standing ovation as he went to collect his award. This is Will Smith’s first Oscar award, but there is a strong possibility that it will be remembered alongside, if not overshadowed, by the incident of him hitting Chris Rock.

(Myung Chun / Los Angeles Times)

During the acceptance speech, Will Smith said, “Ah man. Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family. In this time in my life, in this moment, I am overwhelmed by what God is calling me to do and be in this world. Making this film, I got to protect Aunjanue Ellis, who is one of the most strongest, most delicate people I’ve ever met. I got to protect Saniyya [Sidney] and Demi [Singleton], the two actresses that play Venus and Serena. I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people and to be a river to my people. I know, to do what we do, you gotta be able to take abuse. You gotta be able to have people talk crazy about you. In this business, you gotta be able to have people disrespecting you and you gotta smile and pretend like that’s OK. Denzel [Washington] said to me a few minutes ago, ‘At your highest moment, be careful, that’s when the devil comes for you.’ I want to be a vessel for love. I want to say thank you to Venus and Serena … and the entire Williams family for entrusting me with your story. That’s what I want to do. I want to be an ambassador of that kind of love and care and concern. I want to apologise to the Academy, I want to apologise to all my fellow nominees. This is a beautiful moment and I’m not crying for winning an award. It’s not about winning an award for me; it’s about being able to shine a light on all the people… and the entire cast and crew of King Richard and Venus and Serena and the entire Williams family. Art imitates life. I look like the crazy father, just like they said about Richard Williams! But, love will make you do crazy things. To my mother, a lot of this moment is really complicated for me, but to my mother — she didn’t want to come out, she has her knitting friends, she has a knitting crew she’s watching with — being able to love and care for my mother and my family and my wife — I’m taking up too much time — thank you for this honour. Thank you for this moment. I thank you on behalf of Richard and Oracene and the entire Williams family. Thank you. I’m hoping the Academy invites me back. Thank you.”

(Myung Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Watch the video clip of the incident here and see what you think:

Will Smith’s acceptance speech after the incident:

Full list of all winners:

Best supporting actress

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)

Best costume design

Cruella – WINNER!



Nightmare Alley

West Side Story

Best sound


Dune – WINNER!

No Time to Die

The Power of the Dog

West Side Story

Best original score

Don’t Look Up

Dune – WINNER!


Parallel Mothers

The Power of the Dog

Best 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)

Best 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 (Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier)

Best animated short

Affairs of the Art



Robin Robin

The Windshield Wiper – WINNER!

Best live action short

Ala Kachuu – Take and Run

The Dress

The Long Goodbye – WINNER!

On My Mind

Please Hold

Best supporting actor

Ciarán Hinds (Belfast)

Troy Kotsur (Coda) – WINNER!

Jesse Plemons (The Power of the Dog)

JK Simmons (Being the Ricardos)

Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power of the Dog)

Best film editing

Don’t Look Up

Dune – WINNER!

King Richard

The Power of the Dog

tick, tick… BOOM!

Best makeup & hairstyling

Coming 2 America



The Eyes of Tammy Faye – WINNER!

House of Gucci

Best animated feature

Encanto – WINNER!



The Mitchells Vs the Machines

Raya and the Last Dragon

Best documentary feature




Summer of Soul – WINNER!

Writing With Fire

Best documentary short


Lead Me Home

The Queen of Basketball – WINNER!

Three Songs for Benazir

When We Were Bullies

Best original song

Be Alive (King Richard)

Dos Oruguitas (Encanto)

Down to Joy (Belfast)

No Time to Die (No Time to Die) – WINNER!

Somehow You Do (Four Good Days)

Best cinematography

Dune – WINNER!

Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

The Tragedy of Macbeth

West Side Story

Best international feature

Drive My Car – WINNER!


The Hand of God

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

The Worst Person in the World

Best production design

Dune – WINNER!

Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

The Tragedy of Macbeth

West Side Story

Best visual effects

Dune – WINNER!

Free Guy

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

No Time to Die

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Best actress

Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye) – WINNER!

Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter)

Penélope Cruz (Parallel Mothers)

Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos)

Kristen Stewart (Spencer)

Best actor

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)

Best director

Kenneth Branagh (Belfast)

Drive My Car (Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)

Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza)

Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog) – WINNER!

Steven Spielberg (West Side Story)

Best picture


Coda – WINNER!

Don’t Look Up

Drive My Car


King Richard

Licorice Pizza

Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

West Side Story

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