Will Smith’s 2022 Oscars Acceptance Speech Included An Apology

Will Smith’s 2022 Oscars Acceptance Speech Included An Apology

The 2022 Oscars were definitely Will Smith’s night. There was no question the actor stole the show after presenter Chris Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith that did not land well with either of them. His show-stealing didn’t stop there, though. Towards the end of the night, Smith won the highly coveted Best Actor award for his lead role in King Richard, and Will Smith’s 2022 Oscars acceptance speech included an apology that referenced the apparent slap heard ‘round the world.

Elite Daily reached out to both Smith and Rock’s teams for comment on the situation, but did not hear back by the time of publication.

Smith couldn’t avoid addressing his incident with Rock just moments before his Best Actor win when he took to the podium. “Richard Williams was a fierce defender of his family,” Smith began, drawing comparisons. “In this time in my life, in this moment, I am overwhelmed by what God is calling on me to do and be in this world.”

Earlier in the night, Smith stunned everyone when he stormed the stage and appeared to slap Rock after the comedian made a joke about Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, comparing her to G.I. Jane.

Smith came into the night as the heavily favored choice to win Best Actor, so even though it was no surprise when he won the trophy, everyone was on the edge of their seats to see what he’d say about the altercation. He began by noting how his role as the aggressively protective father Richard Williams seeped into him.

“Making this film, I got to protect Aunjanue Ellis, who is one of the strongest most delicate people I’ve ever met,” Smith said. “I got to protect Saniyya [Sidney] and Demi [Singleton], the two actresses that played 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 that’s OK.”

Smith continued by sharing some very apt advice given to him by fellow nominee Denzel Washington, and went on to offer some apologize, although Rock was notably absent from his apologies list.

“Denzel [Washington] said to me a few minutes ago, ‘At your highest moment, be careful: that’s when the devil comes for you.’ It’s like, I wanna be a vessel for love,” Smith said. “I want to apologize to the Academy. I want to apologize to all my fellow nominees… Art imitates life — I look like the crazy father just like they said about Richard Williams. But love will make you do crazy things.”

Smith concluded his speech with a few thank yous, and a joke about potentially not being invited back for future ceremonies. “Thank you for this honor. Thank you for this moment. Thank you on behalf of Richard and Oracene [Price] and the entire Richards family. I hope the academy invites me back, thank you.”

While Oscars fans will have to wait a bit to hopefully get some clarification about what really happened with Smith and Rock, it’s undeniable that the 2022 Oscars were the Will Smith show, and fans aren’t going to forget it any time soon.

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