Will Smith Beats Chris Rock in Best Actor Oscar Speech

Will Smith criticized Chris Rock during his Academy Award Best Actor speech ‘You have to smile and pretend it’s okay,’ he said of the lack of respect.

Less than 30 minutes before he won Best Actor for his portrayal of Venus and Serena Williams’ father in King Richard, Will Smith walked on stage and slapped Chris Rock for teasing Jada. Pinkett Smith.

Rock commented on Pinkett Smith and Smith’s shaved head

He mentioned the incident in his speech.

“Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family,” he said at the opening of his speech alluding to his confrontation with Rock. “In this moment in my life, in this moment, I am overwhelmed by what God is calling me to do and be in this world.”

“I am being called to love people and protect people,” he said through tears.

Smith says you have to be able to abuse and disrespect you.

“You have to smile and pretend it’s okay,” he said in his speech. “I want to be a vessel of love,” he said.

Several times during his speech the video is cut off but you can still hear his speech.

“I would like to apologize to the academy to all of my fellow nominees. This is a beautiful moment, I don’t cry because I won the award,” he said.

Watch Will Smith slap Chris Rock at the Oscars

“Art imitates life,” he says. “I look like a crazy dad but love will make you do crazy things.”

He never mentioned Rock by name in his speech but it was clear what he was alluding to in his speech. Will Smith Beats Chris Rock in Best Actor Oscar Speech

John Verrall

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