And here’s a look back at some of the funniest, strangest and tensest quotes of the night:
And here’s a bit more background on the Rock/Smith beef
Some of the notable records and victories of the night in summary:
Ariana DeBose became the first openly queer woman of color to win an acting Oscar and only the second latina actor
Jane Campion became only the third female winner of best director
Troy Kotsur became the first deaf male winner of an acting Oscar and only the second deaf acting winner
Billie Elish became the first Oscar winner who was born in the 21st century
Coda became the first streaming film to win best picture
An update here on LAPD involvement which, unsurprisingly, suggests that this isn’t progressing as a crime:
So just a refresh for those coming in late or early wherever you are. The night’s biggest moment came from best actor winner Will Smith, who went viral after he appeared to slap Chris Rock for making an ill-advised joke about his wife Jada Pinkett’s alopecia. Rock joked that she was set to make GI Jane 2 next, which led Smith to rush up on stage and try to hit Rock. Smith then told him to get his wife’s name out of his mouth.
Smith was then calmed down by Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry. During his tearful towards the Academy, and likened himself to Richard Williams, as someone who also protects the women in his life.